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Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

Bob Buckhorn, other mayors trying to get Donald Trump travel ban reversed

Showing support for the Muslim community, Bob Buckhorn attended prayer services Friday at an east Tampa mosque.

Afterward, Tampa’s mayor ripped into President Donald Trump‘s executive order banning travel into the U.S. by citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.

“This city has your back,” Buckhorn told congregants packed into the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay mosque.

“I don’t care what this President did – that is not who America is. That is not what we represent. That is not what we are all about!” he shouted toward the end of his seven-minute address.

Trump’s controversial executive action that he announced last Friday afternoon – which also indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee resettlement program – led to large protests in airports across the nation last weekend, and has been denounced by most congressional Democrats.

However, like opinions of Trump himself, Americans are divided on the move.

A majority of Americans — 51 percent — disapprove of the ban, while 45 percent approve, according to a CBS News poll released Friday.

The Trump administration criticized the media’s reporting on the executive order, denying it’s a travel ban at all.

But Buckhorn wasn’t buying that.

“For anyone, including the President of the United States, to demonize any religion, and make no mistake, they can call it what it is, but it’s a ban, it’s an attack on Islam as a religion,” Buckhorn said, voice rising in intensity. “It is not vetting. It is singling out a single religion. And specific countries.”

“We don’t have a litmus test based on religion in America,” the mayor added. “We never have, and we never will.”

A coalition of progressive groups, working under the title #WeAreAllAmerica, called for a national day of action with community rights leaders, activists and leaders to protest Trump’s actions Friday.

Buckhorn said he was contacted earlier this week by officials from the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay, and he leaped at the invitation.

Speaking to reporters after he shook hands and took selfies with dozens of men who observed Friday prayers, the mayor said he had participated in a conference call earlier this week with a handful of other mayors like Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti, New Orleans’ Mitch Landrieu, Austin’s Steve Adler and four other mayors representing the leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“We’re looking at legal action,” he said about the group’s response to the executive order. “We’re looking at internal action, in terms of lobbying. We’re looking at every avenue we possibly can.”

Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington state all filed lawsuits in the past week, contending the order violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom.

The city of San Francisco is challenging another Trump directive – the tone that would deny federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities,” a term defined as cities having adopted sanctuary policies toward undocumented immigrants, which local officials argue help local police by making those immigrants more willing to report crimes.

Buckhorn said Friday again that Tampa is not such a city, but added he wouldn’t be directing his police to act as officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency anytime soon.

Meanwhile, the White House confirmed an earlier story first reported in FloridaPolitics.com Friday that Trump will be making a stop at MacDill Air Force Base Monday morning.

When asked if he would be accompanying the president, Buckhorn quipped: “He hasn’t invited me.”

“He probably won’t after today,” he joked.

Buckhorn then took a serious note, saying that if Trump did ask him for a visit, he certainly would honor his request.

“He’s the President of the U.S.,” he noted. “We want him to succeed, because if he succeeds, the country succeeds. This is the wrong way to go about doing that.”

 

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Donald Trump to visit MacDill AFB Monday

Donald Trump will make his first visit to MacDill Air Force Base as President Monday.

The president is spending the weekend at his luxury resort in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach this weekend, leaving Washington Friday night and staying through Monday morning.

MacDill is home to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) and the United States Operations Command (SOCOM), often referred to as the nerve and muscle center of the war on terror.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced it Friday.

The President’s visit comes just days after a U.S. raid in Yemen on al-Qaida that left one Navy SEAL dead, along with an unspecified number of civilians. There have also been reports of civilian casualties, ranging from 16 to 30.

U.S. Central Command has acknowledged that civilian deaths were likely and said it is continuing to investigate.

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Dana Young decries the ‘shrill tone’ coming out of Tallahassee this winter

The clash between Rick Scott and the leaders of the Florida House and Senate have dominated the front pages of several Florida newspapers this week.

Dana Young doesn’t like it one bit.

“There is this angry, shrill tone coming out of Tallahassee, and I truly don’t understand why,” the GOP District 18 state Senator told a crowd of over 50 people at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa Friday morning.

“I kind of feel that we’re on the same team and we should be working together to get a budget passed, but this shrill screaming is discouraging,” she continued. “So it could take awhile.”

The biggest public clash has been the different budget proposals unveiled from the governor and House Speaker Richard Corcoran. The House plan would eliminate the state’s economic development agency Enterprise Florida, and the state’s tourism marketing arm Visit Florida, angering Scott.

The House would also eliminate any public subsidies for film incentives and sports stadiums. When asked where she came down regarding the issue of giving incentives to recruit businesses to Florida, Young said she saw validity to both arguments, but said she didn’t believe it is necessary to get rid of state agencies.

“It’s an interesting argument,” she said, adding that there was no right answer about whether economic incentives are good or bad. But she did come out strongly in support of Visit Florida, saying their advertising efforts have been the fuel that has led to record tourism numbers in the state the past couple of years.

“Why completely do away with an agency that by all appearances is doing a decent job of bringing people here?”

Young represented South Tampa and western Hillsborough County in the Florida House for the past six years before graduating to the Senate representing roughly the same geography last fall. That’s when she defeated Democrat Bob Buesing and independent candidates Joe Redner and Sheldon Upthegrove in a bruising campaign that led to bitter feelings on all sides.

Third-party environmental groups also ganged up on trying to bring Young down, attacking her specifically for her vote in the House on a controversial bill regarding fracking. Young denied the claims that her support for the bill in the 2016 legislative session was a vote of support for fracking, and she’s delighted many of those same groups by introducing a bill (SB 442) that would eliminate fracking in Florida with bipartisan support.

She isn’t ready to say that it will get clear sailing this year, contending that there will be fierce opposition to the bill, and asked that her constituents have her back when the bill gets debated this spring in Tallahassee.

Young did support Amendment 2, the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was overwhelmingly supported by the public last fall. However, she’s urging a cautious approach to implementing it, co-sponsoring a bill with Orange Park Republican Rob Bradley (SB 406) that limits the number of marijuana producers to seven, though it could expand to as many as 20 or more medical marijuana producers once the number of patients registered for that treatment reaches 500,000.

A competing bill by St. Petersburg’s Jeff Brandes (SB 614) eliminates the cap on how many marijuana producers there can be in the state and sets up four new types of licenses so companies can be licensed to grow, process, transport or dispense.

Bradley and Young’s proposed legislation would also eliminate the current requirement that doctors treat patients for at least 90 days before being allowed to order marijuana for them. It also would expand to 90 days from 45 days, the amount of marijuana supplies patients can purchase.

Young says she prefers to maintain the concept of vertical integration, which keeps the same company that grows the plant also processes it and dispenses it.

The Senator also discussed her just-introduced bill that would allow small craft breweries the opportunity to self-distribute their product to other establishments, saying it demonstrated her support for “the little guy.”

A member of the audience questioned her on why she didn’t embrace that same concept when it came to medical marijuana?

“If we let this genie out of the bottle, there is no putting it back in,” Young responded, acknowledging that there was an inconsistency in her philosophy regarding the two issues.

Like several of her GOP colleagues in the Tampa Bay Area, Young has been a big supporter of ride-sharing companies, and a huge critic of the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission, which the local delegation has already voted to eliminate later this year. But Young did take up for the taxicab industry on Friday, saying it is unfair that they have to pay a premium fee to be legally allowed to pick up fares at Tampa International Airport, while Uber and Lyft are doing so without paying anything.

Regarding the upcoming gun debate in the Legislature, Young declined to speak specifically about pending legislation, and instead posited the question as being simply whether more guns or fewer guns make the public safer.

Referring to the fall of 2015 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, she decried the fact that school was a gun-free zone.

“How would you feel if you were that Chancellor and you opted not to allow students who were adults with guns, to carry guns on campus when that shooter came in, and they could have killed him,” she said. “But there was nobody there to respond.”

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In Miami Beach minimum wage fight, Philip Levine tells Rick Scott ‘I’ll see you court’

Gov. Rick Scott and the state of Florida are joining a lawsuit against Miami Beach over an attempt by the city to ultimately raise its minimum wage to $13.31 an hour.

After Miami Beach approved a measure last year raising its minimum wage ordinance, Mayor Philip Levine predicted the state would challenge the proposal in court. Levine said the ordinance violates a state law signed by Scott that forbids such measures.

On Wednesday, the state did just that, signing on to a suit filed in December by three of the state’s largest trade groups challenging Miami Beach on the ordinance.

“It’s truly unnerving that the state of Florida, under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott has joined the special-interest-backed lawsuit against the residents of Miami Beach who feel the pressure of wage stagnation,” Levine said Thursday. “We know that wages have not kept up with the cost of living, which is felt more acutely in South Florida communities like Miami Beach.

“Our residents and workers are counting on their leaders to stand up for them after seeing Tallahassee continuously roadblock progress.”

Levine, a Democrat considering a run for Governor, first proposed increasing his city’s living wage in May 2016; city commissioners approved the measure a few months later.

Scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2018, the proposal would gradually increase the living wage from $10.31, increasing over four years to $13.31.

The new minimum wage will apply to all workers employed in the City of Miami Beach, as well as those covered by the federal minimum wage.

The Florida Retail Federation, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Florida Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit in December challenging the ordinance. They claim it’s a direct violation of a 2013 law signed by the Governor forbidding municipalities from assigning their own minimum wage.

But attorneys for Miami Beach argue the state law is unconstitutional since voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that allows local governments to set higher minimum wage.

Originally pegged at $6.15 an hour, it’s now $8.10 an hour.

“If the state challenges us, the courts will have to decide,” he told FloridaPolitics.com last year.

As to what Levine is saying to the Governor today?

“So, to the state, I say, see you in court.”

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Environment Florida wants Bill Nelson to reject Scott Pruitt as EPA head

Scott Pruitt is one step closer to being the next leader of the Environmental Protection Agency.

On Thursday, Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-0 to confirm Pruitt, who serves as Oklahoma Attorney General.

Democrats on the committee boycotted the vote.

Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, was one of 14 attorneys general suing the EPA over regulations to limit carbon emissions put in place by the Obama administration.

The entire Senate will vote on his confirmation next week and the advocacy group Environment Florida is calling on the Sunshine State’s two senators to reject his nomination.

“This country needs an Environmental Protection Agency Administrator whose top priority is protecting our air and water and our families’ health,” says Turner Lott, Environment Florida’s campaign organizer. “We need somebody willing to enforce and defend our bedrock environmental laws and a leader guided by science when creating and implementing policy.”

The organization is one of several environmental groups criticizing Trump’s choice at EPA.

While Environment Florida is calling on both senators to oppose Pruitt, Marco Rubio already declared his support.

“The next EPA administrator should be someone who understands the important balance between protecting our air, water and environment without needlessly hurting workers with excessive regulations,” Rubio said in a Jan. 10 statement. “Attorney General Pruitt ‎is the right choice to bring a much-needed dose of common sense to a department where overzealous, out-of-touch regulators have been allowed to operate seemingly unchecked. I look forward to working with him on the many important environmental issues facing Florida.”

Florida’s senior Senator, Bill Nelson, is getting lobbied from both sides to either support or oppose Pruitt. The Florida Democrat pleased liberals Wednesday by announcing his opposition to Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary.

“I will be joining my Republican colleagues Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski in voting ‘no’ against Betsy DeVos,” Nelson declared in a statement.

“Floridians and all Americans deserve an EPA administrator who will fight to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we love. Scott Pruitt fails on all these accounts,” Lott said. “The Senate must stand with science. The Senate must stand up for our families’ health, clean water and clean air.

“We urge Senators Nelson and Rubio to reject President Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.”

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Tampa City Council takes issue with Bob Buckhorn’s decision to close park to homeless

In the lead up to last weekend’s Gasparilla events, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn tweeted with tongue firmly planted in cheek that, “Next year we build a wall and make the pirates pay for it.”

But on Thursday, Councilman Frank Reddick and some of his colleagues criticized the very real wall – or fence, actually – that the Buckhorn administration constructed at a cost of $32,000 around around Phil Bourquardez Park in Tampa Heights in late December. For years, the park had become a gathering for the homeless, but no more.

“It had really turned into what I can only call a semi-permanent encampment, and we simply can’t have that,” said Dennis Rogero, Buckhorn’s chief of staff, in addressing the council. “The sanitation conditions, the waste, the drug use, including ‘Spice’ that you saw prevalent in some areas.”

For now, the green space is fenced, gated and locked up.

“You sent a sad message across this city and across this country, because basically we’re you’re saying is we’re not giving a damn about the homeless population,” said Reddick.

The fencing occurred just weeks before thousands of people were scheduled to flock to Tampa for the national college football playoff championship. On the weekend before the championship game, the Tampa Police arrested seven members of Food Not Bombs for feeding the homeless in Lykes Gaslight Square without a permit, an incident that generated headlines around the nation.

“You keep running these people away, and you keep running away from the vicinity of the downtown core,” Reddick continued, who said he now is poised to receive calls from people in the V.M. Ybor neighborhood, where he expected the homeless to transition to. “We just can’t keep boxing them out and think we’re going to solve the problem.”

Homelessness has been a problem for every American city since the late 1980’s, but Tampa seems to have had their most contentious issues on the subject only in the past decade.

When Buckhorn, Reddick and the majority of the City Council was running for office back in 2011, the issue of panhandling was front and center of that campaign. The issue has ebbed and flowed since then, but several dozen homeless people (on average) had been congregating in that park for years.

Councilwoman Yolie Capin agreed with Rogero’s description of the park pre-fencing as looking like “an encampment,” but said the city never addressed the situation. “We just threw ’em out and boarded up, so now we have this on our hands,” she said.

The fact that the city used $32,000 of taxpayers dollars to gate the space up did not play with other council members as well.

“That fence ain’t going to stay up there permanently,” said Councilman Charlie Miranda, who said he “appreciated” what the city did, though he also said he didn’t agree with that decision.

“In the future, building walls and gates, really isn’t the direction we want to go,” said Councilman Harry Cohen.

Council chair Mike Suarez said the decision to enclose the space should have been vetted publicly in collaboration with the council, if for no other reason than to let the public know how limiting the options are for the city.

“It was not a good decision to do it without consultation without all of us,” Suarez said. “We need to know what’s happening before something happens, or else we’re going to a much more difficult time cooperating with the administration to get things done in a positive way.”

Rogero said the administration isn’t sure what they’ll do with the space, “but we intend to find one.” He said one possibility could be an expanded transit hub if an expanded street car system does ultimately run up downtown Tampa.

The council had already scheduled a workshop on the issue of feeding the homeless on February 23. Councilman Guido Maniscalco called on city staff to research a program in New Mexico that picks up panhandlers who want to work and gives them odd jobs around the city.

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Dana Young files bill allowing craft breweries to distribute limited amounts of their own product

Dana Young is introducing new legislation to give small craft breweries the ability to move product through other craft breweries.

But the “Big Beer” industry in Tallahassee is already expressing concerns about SB 554, the Senate proposal filed Thursday by the Republican from Tampa.

The bill allows craft breweries producing under 7,000 kegs a year, and does not currently have agreements with distributors, to move its product to other Florida craft breweries.

“I am proud to sponsor SB 554 and continue to be an advocate for our state’s craft brewers,” Young said. “We want to see the craft beer industry continue their trend of record growth and this bill will help new brewers get their beer to market faster. I look forward to working with the bill’s co-sponsor, Sen. Jack Latvala, my colleagues in the Senate, and members of the Florida House to provide a regulatory structure that encourages craft brewers to grow.”

In the summer of 2015, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law allowing craft breweries to finally sell beer in 64-ounce containers known as “growlers.” Until then, Florida (bizarrely) was one of the few states in the nation that didn’t legally sanction such growlers.

But a key part of that legislation allowed craft breweries to ship its product to affiliated locations, up to eight in the state.

That represented a small chip in the “three-tier” alcohol beverage regulation system, which has historically given distributors exclusive power to move beer from manufacturers to the retailer. Passage of the 2015 bill lifted a requirement that those breweries operate as tourist attractions — otherwise known as the “Busch Gardens” exception, named after the Tampa amusement park (then owned by Anheuser-Busch). It allowed them to serve beer at its theme park’s hospitality centers.

That bill maintained that all other alcoholic beverage products (beer, wine and cider) had to go through a distributor.

Young’s new legislation would permit craft breweries (currently without distribution agreements) to send its product to unaffiliated brewers, as well as restaurants and other retail outlets, another potential crack in the three-tier system.

While most craft breweries in Florida generally have distribution agreements, Young’s bill would allow new breweries to have an ability to move product without having to go through a distributor.

“It’s troubling,” says Florida Beer Wholesaler Association executive director Mitch Rubin, “because it upset the balance of the 2015 law.”

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Corey Givens Jr. says he’s ready to serve on the St. Petersburg City Council

Corey Givens Jr. isn’t even 25 years old, yet the millennial activist is immersed in a panoply of local organizations in St. Petersburg.

In addition to being president of the Lakewood Terrace Neighborhood Association, he serves on the local chapters of the NAACP, the Sierra Club and the Citizens Advisory Council for the South St. Pete CRA.  And now he’s running for the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council seat being vacated this year by Karl Nurse, who is term limited.

“I want to focus on accountability,” he says. “Making sure that we’re voting on issues that are relevant to people who were serving.”

When asked who or what was an influence in his intense interest in the community, he credits his journalism professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, the late Bob Dardenne, for inspiring him.

“It started in his classroom,” Givens said speaking to this reporter earlier this week at the Panera Bread outlet on 4th Street North. Givens’ beat on the Crow’s Nest paper was covering local government, and he said he observed the discontent among citizens in St. Petersburg and Gulfport regarding red-light cameras, who didn’t feel like their interests were being heard. Covering issues like that made him realize how vital the role of local government is in people’s lives, he says.

Givens calls former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch and former City Councilman Frank Peterman to be some of his mentors, and says he honors some of other African-American leaders who previously served in the seat, like David Welch and Ernest Williams.

Another theme of his candidacy is embracing the future while respecting the past, something that he says informs his opinion on the latest developments regarding the Pier, where he celebrated at Cha Cha Coconuts when graduating from Lakewood High. He says it needs to be family friendly, yet responsive to small business needs.

Despite his youth, this isn’t Givens first run for local office.  As a 20-year old in 2012, he ran for a seat on the Pinellas County School board, but his campaign efforts ended ignominiously when it was discovered that he falsely boasted to the Tampa Bay Times that he had an associate’s degree from St. Petersburg College, a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and was pursuing a master’s degree at the USFSP.

With a whopper like that on his resume, Givens addressed the issue head on in his statement announcing his candidacy last month.

“I made a mistake,” he said this week. “It’s how we rebound from those mistakes is what truly defines us. And I worked my behind off to earn the trust back from my family, my supporters, my friends, my community. Making sure that they could feel that they could trust me again, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the past six years is serving, and ever since that hiccup back in 2012 I’ve made sure that I’m doing my part.”

Givens says he’s all about uniting the city, and isn’t interested battles of downtown vs. the South side, black vs. white, or rich vs. poor.

“It’s about making sure that we’re all working together, to build up our community, so that we have a more vibrant, economic base, so that we are preserving and protecting our waterfront, so that we are making sure that our children and our young adults are prepared for jobs for the future in tech and trade.”

When asked if some voters might hesitate to vote for someone only in his mid-20’s, Givens says he uses “haters” to motivate him to prove that he’s worthy. He says he’s a workhorse, not a showhorse, referring to the fact that he started serving on the NAACP youth council when he was 17. “That’s what folks want to see, somebody who’s not necessarily been at the top, but somebody who’s been behind the scenes, doing the work, putting in the ground work, because those are the kind of folks we want to see serving in our govt. not those who have a sense of entitledness, but those with humbleness. Those who have the heart of public service, and that’s what I bring to the table.”

Givens is the first candidates to declare for the District 6 seat. He turns 25 in April, and if elected in the fall, he’d become the youngest council member in St. Pete history.

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Chloe Coney stepping away from district director job in Kathy Castor’s office

Chloe Coney, the “women who wears many hats” and the only district director to have served Tampa Bay area Congresswoman Kathy Castor since she was elected a decade ago, is retiring.

“Chloe’s passion and expertise have served our neighbors, families and businesses well,” Castor said in a statement released Wednesday. “She is revered by Tampa’s community for her lifetime of service and my congressional district has been fortunate to have her as district director. Moreover, it has been my honor to call her my friend.”

Coney founded and was the president of the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa in 1992. The agency was create to raise the  the economic, educational and social levels for residents in East Tampa. It’s currently run by her son, Ernest.

She started her career in law enforcement as the first black female Probation and Parole Officer with the Florida Department of Corrections in 1972. She then went on to became an intake counselor/mediator with the 13th Judicial Circuit Court of Hillsborough County and marketing representative for Florida Power, Inc. in Clearwater. She then went on to become the center manager of the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center.

Coney did have one try at elected office, where she lost in the Democratic primary for the County Commission District 3 race to Kevin White in 2006. That was the same year that Castor was elected to Congress, and she hired Coney shortly after taking office.

Castor said Coney was a tremendous asset in helping coordinating activities as the Great Recession rocked her district.

“With Chloe by my side, we held seven foreclosure prevention workshops, several job fairs and other district events to reach thousands in our district and help lift them as well as our businesses into economic recovery,” Castor says.

With Coney’s departure comes a general shakeup inside Castor’s district office in Tampa.

Communications director Marcia Mejia will replace Coney as district director. Steven Angotti, who has served as grants coordinator and press assistant will now assume the role of press secretary and continue to reach out to individuals and organizations with grant opportunities.  Dewayne Mallory, a U.S. Army veteran who has worked as legislative aide for several state legislators representing Tampa Bay, will serve as Castor’s outreach director.

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Women’s march activists to hold meetings throughout Florida this weekend

Activists who traveled to D.C. for the historic Women’s March, or participated in one of the several protests held on January 21 in Florida, will be holding meetings throughout the Sunshine State this Saturday to strategize on what happens next in the burgeoning movement against the Donald Trump administration.

Officials with the Women’s March on Washington Florida Chapter say that they will officially become a nonprofit movement called the Women’s March Florida as of this weekend.

In Tampa, that meeting will take place at 4 p.m. at the Jimmy Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave.

In St. Petersburg, interested members will be meeting at 4 p.m. at Nova 535, 535 MLK Jr. Organizers say that they will address “where we are going, who we are aligning ourselves with, as well as how we’re addressing all of the rapid threats of the current Administration.”

In Tallahassee, the meeting will take place at 4 p.m. at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 2015 Fleischmann Road.

In Gainesville, the meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, 4225 NW 34th St.

And with President Trump scheduled to spend the weekend at his Winter White House retreat at Mar-a-Lago, activists say that they will greet the president there, meeting at Trump Plaza in Palm Beach at 5 p.m. before departing to Mar-a-Lago at 6 p.m.

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