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Excuse me, Mr. Scott Wagman, but how exactly do you plan on paying for 100 more cops?

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

Scott Wagman’s comprehension of public policy pales in comparison to his knowledge of what accent color goes well with cornflower blue, but the first-time candidate hasn’t shied away from making ridiculous proposals.

This is the candidate whose very first policy position was to call for a moratorium on any and all spending for new parks, despite the fact that such spending comes from an earmarked fund established only for that purpose.

This is the candidate who suggested it was okay to “bulldoze” the St. Petersburg Pier.

This is the candidate who said he would fire the police chief (yet denies saying he would bring the Sheriff) without having met with Chuck Harmon.

This is the candidate, after all, who is proud of being endorsed by Councilman Wengay Newton, the bane of smart local government.

I guess when you are jackpot-rich with paint-can money, you don’t need sensible public policy. Just “work hard, give back, make a difference” (a line that originated at about the same time as “Let them eat cake.”)

But, unlike his role model Michael Bloomberg, Wagman cannot finance an entire city budget. That’s why I have a simple question for Scott Wagman. How exactly are you going to follow through on this pledge:

The city’s budget is already stretched to the breaking point and, yet, somehow, Wagman believes City Hall is capable of paying for another 100 cops on the street.

Sure, it’s a noble goal, but St. Petersburg has had trouble just reaching its current sworn strength.

Just doing the math on a napkin, I figure each cop costs the city, what $75K a year? Multiply that by 100 and we are talking about adding $7.5 million to a budget that had to be cut by almost twice that amount this year.

Basically, Scott Wagman wants us to build a new garage on our house even though we can barely afford to pay the electricity bill.

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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