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Ray Arsenault to moderate Sept. 23 candidate forum at Lakewood High

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Hosted by South Pinellas Area Neighborhoods (SPAN), a working collaboration between community groups that represent the interests of St Petersburg and Pinellas County’s southernmost neighborhoods. We represent nearly 10,000 households and are dedicated to improving and promoting neighborhood spirit, economic development and a positive image for the area south of Lake Maggiore by representing our neighborhoods through unified communications.

The neighborhoods hosting are:
Lakewood Estates Civic Association
Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association
Coquina Key Neighborhood Association
Maximo Moorings Civic Association
Broadwater Civic Association

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History and Co-Director of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he has taught since 1980. A specialist in the political, social, and environmental history of the American South, he is author of the well respected and authoritative book detailing the history of our community, St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream, 1888-1950.

For further details, or to suggest questions for the candidates, email: Chris Kelly at [email protected] or Judy Ellis at [email protected]

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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