Aug 20, 2013, 2:01 PM EST
The Florida Department of Transportation has cried foul over advertisements for other businesses the ball club places on its electronic billboard overlooking Interstate 275. Under state law, signs that overlook a highway can advertise only stores and businesses at that location, unless specially permitted.
So the Rays, which has never had a permit for the sign, can use the 114-foot high billboard to advertise its ball games, events and concerts at the Trop. It can even advertise Chick-fil-A and other businesses with outlets at the stadium.
Advertisements such as one state transportation officials spotted for a local car dealership are off limits without a special permit, though, state officials say.
Meanwhile, St. Petersburg is still ready to drop the hammer on the Rays if they even talk to anyone else about moving.
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