ST. PETERSBURG — When it comes to soliciting business proposals for the St. Petersburg’s most significant redevelopment projects, only one thing seems to matter — the opinion of Mayor Ken Welch.

That’s not following best practices, procurement experts told the Tampa Bay Times.

The request for proposals for the generational redevelopment Historic Gas Plant District, home to the Tampa Bay Rays’ Tropicana Field, and now the overhaul of the municipal marina lack two major features: Weighted selection criteria and an evaluation committee that ranks the proposals based on those…

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