The victory associated with saving the ‘St. Petersburg Postmark’ should have many fathers, but if you ask St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster, it has only one…him.
Invoking the word “I” several times throughout his weekly e-mail address to city residents, Foster writes “Through what I would summarize as a miscommunication from the Postal Service, news surfaced that St. Petersburg would be dropped from the postmark. I met with Postal officials last Friday, and it was confirmed Monday that it was never the USPS intent to remove St. Petersburg from the postmark.”
I. I. I. And for good measure, I.
Certainly, Mayor Foster played a leading role in this effort. Then again, he was also caught flat-footed when this announcement was first made. According to the Tampa Bay Times, “The announcement came as news to St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.” Foster was also not present at any of the meetings of other city leaders. Heck, from what I hear, Foster hadn’t even told the city staff involved in this matter about his involvement. And, for what it’s worth, I personally broke the news over the phone to two members of City Council.
Foster’s account differs mightily from what I know to have happened and with the account reported by the Times:
“Local leaders quickly mounted a campaign against the proposed move. U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young said he faxed a letter on Tuesday to the Postmaster General…
Ed Montanari, a local pilot and former City Council candidate, on Monday called a meeting of other movers and shakers — including Baker and representatives from the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Leadership St. Petersburg.
Word spread and people from several community groups were asked to contact the Postal Service and Young’s office.”
Yet, in Bill Foster’s world, none of that seemed to happen.
So, congratulations Mayor Foster for saving the ‘St. Petersburg Postmark’ all by your lonesome.