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Suncoast Tiger Bay forum called off for Thursday

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Many major events in the Tampa Bay area are being shut down on Thursday and Friday in advance of Hurricane Irma’s potential to make landfall this weekend in the Sunshine State.

That include Thursday’s Suncoast Tiger Bay forum between St. Petersburg city council candidates Barclay Harless and Brandi Gabbard at the St. Pete Yacht Clubwhich won’t be happening now.

Officials with the club made the announcement on Wednesday, attributing the cancellation to the fact that Pinellas County schools will be closed, as well as “the general mood of exodus” in the words of Suncoast Tiger Bay Vice President Kelly Kirschner.

Unlike the District 6 race (which had a primary election on Aug. 29), Harless and Gabbard have yet to engage in a formal one-on-one forum, which made the Tiger Bay event significant in the trajectory of their race.

Tiger Bay officials say they will announce a new date once the storm has passed.

The next official event on the Suncoast Tiger Bay’s schedule will be Orlando attorney/businessman John Morgan on Wednesday Sept. 27. Morgan continues to flirt with a potential gubernatorial run. He has said he won’t officially decide if he’ll be a candidate until 2018.

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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.

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