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Save BayWalk

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News is breaking this evening that two days after he took over BayWalk, interim property manager Howard Rosenthal was arrested Thursday by Pinellas Sheriff’s detectives accused of stealing almost $171,000 from his former company, Colliers Arnold of Clearwater. This is yet another black eye on one of the most important parts of downtown St. Pete. I could make the argument that it was the development of Baywalk, more than any other effort, that has led to the revitalization of downtown St. Petersburg. It absolutely appalls me to see what is happening to Baywalk, whether it be the financial mismanagement of those who own it or the thugs who run rampant on the property. It’s time the residents of this city step forward and do something about what is basically our town center. It’s time to Save Baywalk. That’s why I am launching another blog at dedicated to this issue. I don’t know how much good a blog can do, but it can be a place for like-minded St. Petersburg residents and visitors to voice their opinion on the controversy surrounding this property. Keep checking here and on that site for continuous coverage of this very important issue.

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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