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More than 900 pack Palladium in St. Pete for oil spill forum

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From Kameel Stanley: They came by the hundreds, packing the Palladium Theater until it was at capacity. Outside, dozens more waited, trying to get a seat.

The gathering felt like a college lecture or academic conference, but the audience Tuesday at the downtown facility wasn’t made up of students or industry insiders.

Instead, about 950 people from all over the Tampa Bay area came together for a community forum on one thing: the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“It hasn’t stopped,” said Brenda Archer, 58. “We want to know why.”

Archer, a high school English teacher, and her husband, David, drove from Tampa for the three-hour event, which featured three panels of experts.

The audience got an overview on how the spill happened, the media’s perspective and possible solutions. Continue reading here.

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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