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A few words about my friends

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When I first started blogging, way back in 2005, Saint Petersblog was the home of many wonderful tales from my adventurous weekends. Five years later, I’ve, fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, de-personalized this blog more than I would have liked to.

So please give me a moment to say a few words about some of my friends – in politics and far from them…

I owe a long overdue congratulations to Dr. Mark Adamiak, my best friend, on his engagement to his girlfriend Brittany. Mark is simply one of the best people I know, generous to a fault, smart, charismatic, ambitious. I cannot wait to serve as his Best Man in his wedding on Labor Day.

Another round of congratulations needs to go to one of my best friends from my restaurant days, Mark Adams, and his wife Jackie on their pregnancy. It’s hard to find a couple more in love with each other. And I know they will make wonderful parents.

Speaking of new parents, congratulations to my old and renewed friend Nick Hansen and his wife on their new baby, Adam. Another new parent is my blogging colleague Ben Kirby. Mazeltoff!

It’s not a new baby, but my fraternity brother and most loyal friend, Sherwin Simmons, is starting his new job with Akerman Senterfitt today. Best of luck, El Sherwain.

My longest-serving friend (she and I have known each other since second-grade Gifted class), Sharon Rasponi, celebrated her birthday last week. Happy Birthday, Sharon. It was great to see you again.

On a more somber note, please allow me to extend my sincerest condolences to Steve Schale on the loss of his father. I know a little about what you are going through, so please know you are in my prayers.

Alright, that’s enough of the personal, now back to the political…

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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