Mayor Foster’s gamble paid off, but it came down to the wire, last week Tampa’s City Council approved the transfer of almost $1 million(out of the $50 million that they received) to St. Petersburg for security-related costs associated with hosting the RNC pre-conference party. So Foster gets a big piece of government cheese (our federal tax dollars) to host a private party for his political buddies. He doesn’t even try to hide the fact that this party won’t generate immediate benefits to the city the night everyone is in town.”Hopefully they will come back to the city of St. Petersburg,” Foster said. “The welcome mat is up and we are open for business.” Of course if you look at the pictures in that article, all the party-goers will see of St. Petersburg is the highway and a whole lot of barricades around the Trop. Heck, they can’t even walk across the street to Ferg’s where Ron Paul’s after-party there had to be canceled and moved across the bay to Tampa. So the net loss of an entire weekend’s worth of business for a good portion of downtown St. Petersburg’s businesses, and a whole lot of city employee overtime, is about all we will be getting out of this event.