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Bill Edwards, Rick Baker to help open FEMA center

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St. Petersburg entrepreneur Bill Edwards, in association with the St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP, state Rep. Wengay Newton and mayoral candidate Rick Baker, will open a FEMA Disaster Recovery Registration Center Wednesday night. The center is slated to be open 6-9 p.m. and is located at 6090 Central Ave.

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Rick Baker on Rick Kriseman: ‘Out of touch with African-American community’

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Gentrification in the South side of St. Petersburg has been a major campaign issue this summer, and Rick Kriseman‘s decision to select the owner of the Pipo’s chain of Cuban restaurants to operate out of the historic Manhattan Casino has been seized upon by the Rick Baker campaign over the last week leading up to Tuesday’s primary election. “I think Rick Kriseman is completely out of touch with the African-American community,” Baker said Tuesday when asked if he agreed with a similar statement…

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Paul Tash’s daughter representing company in Bill Edwards lawsuit

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The attorney-daughter of Times Publishing Company chairman and CEO Paul Tash is now among the lawyers involved in a case lodged by whistleblowers against St. Petersburg developer and philanthropist Bill Edwards and his former Mortgage Investors Corp., court records show.

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Jeff Vinik is one of four secret lenders to Tampa Bay Times, publisher of La Gaceta contends

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Jeff Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning who is investing billions of dollars to remake Tampa downtown waterfront, is one of four secret lenders to the Tampa Bay Times according to Patrick Manteiga, the publisher of La Gaceta. Manteiga first identified Vinik as one of the secret lenders in his weekly “As We Heard It” column. He confirmed that he was making this assertion in a phone interview with SPB Wednesday. “I have a very, very good source…

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Rick Baker’s personal finances a mix of frugal spending and long-term investments

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Rick Baker, St. Petersburg’s once and possibly future mayor, isn’t just a political conservative but a financial one, too.  That’s the picture coming out of the financial disclosures he recently submitted as part of candidate qualifying. Baker, who currently serves as president of The Edwards Group, is worth $4,376,275, according to his Form 6. He earned $186,991 in 2016 working for Bill Edwards, the developer and philanthropist, who hired Baker away from his job at the University of South Florida — St.…

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Announcing another bid for St. Pete mayor, Rick Baker savages Rick Kriseman

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Speaking in impassioned tones Tuesday, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker is ready to tangle head on against incumbent Rick Kriseman. “You’re going to hear a lot about Republicans and Democrats over the next few months,” Baker said as he formally announced his bid for mayor on the steps of St. Pete City Hall. “Because that’s that’s the only thing they have.” Baker was referring to earlier statements from Kriseman’s campaign manager about Baker’s support for Republicans like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin…

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‘One more time’ — Rick Baker seeks to unseat Rick Kriseman

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Six days after he led a successful push for the Tampa Bay Rowdies to extend its lease at Al Lang Stadium, Rick Baker pulled the trigger on a bid for a third term as Mayor of St. Petersburg, a job he held from 2001-2010. Baker personally filed his paperwork with the City Clerk’s office Monday. A phone number listed on his intent-to-file form was actually for another candidate who ran for Pinellas County Tax Collector. Baker’s entry into the contest had been rumored for…

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