Charlie Crist, Rick Scott announce their Election Night party plans

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After a hard-fought (and expensive) campaign for Florida governor, both Charlie Crist and Rick Scott are busy making their respective Election Night plans.

Democrat Crist will be spending the night close to home, with a major watch party at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort on the downtown waterfront. Crist is a native of the area, and currently lives less than a mile from the Vinoy.

In preparation — with additional details forthcoming in the next few weeks — Crist’s campaign has begun reserving blocks of rooms at both the Vinoy and several area hotels for the press and supporters.

RSVPs and more information for the Crist event is at [email protected], using the subject line “Election Night Event.”

Republican Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott will also visit southwest Florida to take in the night’s election results, with a “Let’s Keep Working” event Tuesday, November 4.

Scott’s party begins 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Road in Bonita Springs. A VIP reception will be at 7 p.m.

RSVPs or questions for Scott’s event are with Mason Carpino at (850) 590-0193 or [email protected].

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.