St. Petersburg, FL - The Tampa Bay Rays may have a contract to play in Tropicana Field though 2027, but like the MLB organization, Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman wants the stadium issue resolved long before then.
When asked by 10 News Reporter Preston Rudie on Wednesday if he anticipated the stadium issue being resolved by the end of his first term, Kriseman said that's what he wants.
"That certainly is my goal. I would love to have a resolution. What I'd love to see is this team be as successful in the stands as they've been on the field," Kriseman said during his first one-on-one interview since being elected mayor.
If it's structurally safe, Kriseman also said on Wednesday that he'd like to re-open the approach and area around the Pier.
"Let people go out there and enjoy just sitting out there and enjoy the view of our great city or fishing... you know, the things that make it special."
Kriseman says the budget for a new Pier is now $45 million because of the money the city has already spent on the project. He says the budget will only go up if the taxpayers say they want to spend more money.
One of the first things Kriseman says he plans to do is change the police department's controversial chase policy back to the way it was. Kriseman says he also wants a national firm brought in to help hire a new police chief. He says his goal is to hire a new chief by early next year.
Kriseman will be sworn into office on January 2nd.