Greenlight Pinellas campaign adds five major supporters, including the Rays and St. Pete College

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This morning, organizers of the Greenlight Pinellas campaign announced the support of five major, local organizations.

The Tampa Bay Rays, BayCare Health System, Raymond James Financial, St. Petersburg College, and the Pinellas Realtor Association all are signing on to increasingly controversial plan to increase taxes in order to pay for expanded mass transit options in Pinellas.

During a press conference at St. Anthony’s Hospital, speakers representing these five organizations spoke about their support for Greenlight Pinellas.

Also at the event were LouAnn Watson, director of financial assistance for BayCare Health System, who said she often talks to Pinellas residents who struggle to find transportation to the clinic.

St. Petersburg College student Cesar Contreras spoke about taking the bus to school, but often having to wait at least an hour for a bus when he gets out of class.

Also in the crowd were Don Ewing and Chris Steinocher, co-chairs of Friends of Greenlight, the group running the “Vote Yes on Greenlight” campaign.

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