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Bill Foster, Deveron Gibbons take lead in sign wars

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The first shots in the sign war have been fired and the early victories have gone to Bill Foster and Deveron Gibbons as both candidates have a dominant signage presence in north St. Petersburg. Holding her own is Kathleen Ford with decent visibility. Lagging behind is Scott Wagman’s campaign, which had zero large signs up on either 4th or 9th Street. Even Jamie Bennett has a sign up on 4th Street!

I did do a comprehensive review of 4th, 9th and 16th Streets and my unofficial tally has Foster with about 15 large signs, while Gibbons has about a dozen. Gibbons’ are only 4′ x 2’s and they are white, so they are the least noticeable of any campaign’s signage. Gibbons does have all of my locations I had for Bennett that were coming from my friend, crazy ass Dick Martin. In fact, the day I resigned from the campaign, Bennett had more than 70 locations for large signs.

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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