Happy birthday to my good friend Jon La Budde

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Look up the definition of the word ‘bon vivant’ and you’ll probably see a picture of my good friend Jon La Budde next to it. Owner of Reno Beach Surf Shop, Jon is truly a man about town in the ‘burg. He’s a couple of years older than me, so I didn’t grow up with him, it just feels like Jon has always been there. In fact, when it comes down to it, it’s the Jon La Budde’s of the world which make St. Pete such a wonderful place to live and work. He’s quick with a compliment or the next round of drinks; he’s familiar, if not insightful, about what is going on in the city he loves. He’sentrepreneurial and willing to put his money where his mouth is — how else to explain his recent decision to open a new restaurant at the St. Petersburg Pier. Jon La Budde is so many things…

Do yourself a favor. Drive down Fourth Street and pull over at the store on the side of the road with all of the surf boards sitting on the sidewalk. Walk in and talk up Jon La Budde. Chances are you’re in for a great conversation.

Happy birthday buddy.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.