The political action committee hired Peter Schorsch, a political consultant who led an unsuccessful campaign to replace Albert Whitted Municipal Airport with a waterfront park in 2003, to collect signatures. BUT LET’S NOT FORGET THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME A REFERENDUM QUESTION WAS PUT ON THE BALLOT VIA PETITION. I’D LOVE TO SEE ANYONE ELSE ORGANIZE AN EFFORT TO GATHER 18,000 SIGNED PETITIONS. The group also launched a direct mail campaign and has plans to speak to neighborhood groups about its petitions.
POWW is circulating
two petitions to amend St. Petersburg’s charter. One amendment would require voter approval for any city funding for professional sports facilities. The other would require voter approval for substantial changes to St. Petersburg’s waterfront parks.
He also has his own political ambitions. He’s active in City Council member Jamie Bennett’s mayoral campaign and is considering running for the council by 2014. Schorsch has even referred to himself as the “white Darryl,” as in state Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who overcame his own criminal history before becoming a respected politician.