Jeb Bush to speak in St. Pete on Friday

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While former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been busy denying rumors he is interested in being Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president, he is still being politically active in his home state, writes Bill Mansell of Patch.

On Friday, Bush will be the keynote speaker at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Florida Summit, a two-day event at the Vinoy.

According to a news release, Bush will discuss building Florida’s future. In 2005, ULI business leaders from across the state gathered, under Bush’s oversight, to discuss the future of regional collaboration and how it could fortify Florida’s economic vitality. Seven years later, a news release said, Bush returns to talk about progress made and to discuss potential next steps.

One of the Summit’s general sessions will feature four Florida mayors: Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez.

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker will be the summit’s opening speaker.  The Manhattan Institute will be distributing copies of Baker’s book, The Seamless City.

Continue reading Mansell’s story here.

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