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Joe Triolo re-elected chair of Pinellas Housing Authority

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On Wednesday, the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA) had their annual meeting to elect new officers. Joseph Triolo was re-elected chairman while former Chairperson Angela Rouson was elected vice-chairperson for the upcoming year. The PCHA has had a dramatic turnaround and is becoming increasingly active in producing affordable housing units for the citizens of Pinellas County.  Since the turbulent departure of its past executive director, the Board along with its new Executive Director Debbie Johnson, has become engaged in housing…

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Shocker: Bill Foster to appoint Todd Yost as city lobbyist

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In a stunning turn of events within St. Petersburg’s City Hall, Mayor Bill Foster is expected to announce Todd Yost as the next city lobbyist, a move that is already raising questions about Foster’s ability to manage a cacophony of divergent voices troubled by the omnipresence of Deputy Mayor Goliath Davis. Going into the final stages of the interview process, Yost was not said to be a finalist for the position.  But Yost emerged as the final choice for several…

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City of St. Petersburg’s lobbyist resigns – updated

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The effervescent Laura Boehmer has resigned from her position as the City of St. Petersburg’s full-time lobbyist, less than five weeks after Mayor Bill Foster took office. According to my sources, Ms. Boehmer has agreed to take a position with uber lobbying firm Southern Strategies. “Laura has represented St. Petersburg very well in Tallahassee over the past several years, and we wish her well as she continues her career in legislative affairs with a private firm,” said Senior Administrator Dave…

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City of St. Petersburg’s lobbyist resigns – updated

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The effervescent Laura Boehmer has resigned from her position as the City of St. Petersburg’s full-time lobbyist, less than five weeks after Mayor Bill Foster took office. According to my sources, Ms. Boehmer has agreed to take a position with uber lobbying firm Southern Strategies. “Laura has represented St. Petersburg very well in Tallahassee over the past several years, and we wish her well as she continues her career in legislative affairs with a private firm,” said Senior Administrator Dave…

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Bill Foster rollin’ in the dough

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The money is starting to roll in for Bill Foster. His latest fundraising report showed Foster hauled in more than $36K over the last period. And that’s not counting the 12K he raised last Wednesday at the fundraiser AK Desai, Joe Triolo and Jim Holton hosted for Foster at the Venue or the money former Deveron Gibbons supporter Tim Higham raised for Foster last Friday at a fundraiser littered with other Gibbons supporters (I walked by and saw Nick Hansen…

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