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Goliath Davis loses his take-home car privileges one month after Saint Petersblog breaks story about former police chief being stopped for DUI

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One month after Saint Petersblog broke the story that Deputy Mayor Goliath Davis had been stopped for suspicion of DUI, 10 Connects’ Noah Pransky confirms that Mayor Bill Foster plans on terminating the take-home vehicle privileges of the former police chief. Davis, now a Senior Administrator with the City of St. Pete, came under scrutiny recently after he was pulled over late at night by Gulfport Police for suspicious driving.  He was not charged with anything for the incident. At the time, Mayor Foster…

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Grand Prix zooms into St. Petersburg this weekend, but where is the roar?

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Maybe it’s the economy, maybe it’s the weather, but, I can’t help but think that as the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg zooms into town next weekend, there is little buzz, or should I say roar, about the event. Actually, I don’t think the sagging economy can be blamed for the lack of excitement. Nor is the depressing weather the main reason why interest in the Grand Prix seems dampened. No, the real reason the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg…

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Charlie Crist should cancel fundraiser on 9/11

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If appearances matter, an upcoming fundraiser for Gov. Charlie Crist will generate some buzz. Not only is the fundraiser being held on the 8th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, but the host gave more than $30,000 to Barack Obama. An invitation lists the fundraiser at retired entrepreneur Fazal A. Fazlin’s waterfront mansion in St. Petersburg. The entrance fee is $1,000 or $2,400 for a VIP meet and greet and photo with the GOP U.S. Senate candidate. FEC records…

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Has Saturday Morning Market lost its home?

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A rumor circulated around the Saturday Morning Market that its organizers would have to find a new home next year as the parking lot at Al Lang Stadium would not be available. Speculation is that Mayor Rick Baker has a plan for the site but will not reveal it until June. However, if the Saturday Morning Market is in jeopardy, the 10,000 visitors the event attracts might want to know sooner rather than later what’s the deal.

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Jamie Bennett to submit his 1,000 petitions

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Mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett is submitting more than 1,000 signed petitions to place his name on the upcoming ballot to run for Mayor. Bennett’s is the first campaign to collect and turn in the requisite number of signed petitions to qualify for the primary. “It wasn’t easy collecting so many petitions,” said Bennett, “but I believe we have the hardest-working, most-organized campaign and this effort is a testament to that.” Bennett said he and his volunteers have spent the last…

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Publish campaign finance information online

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With Scott Wagman’s pronouncement that he plans to raise at least a half-a-million dollars for his campaign, there is an increasing concern about the impact of money in this year’s municipal elections. With the mayor’s office and five seats on the city council up for election, there could be at least a million dollars in campaign contributions made to all of the candidates running. That is a staggering amount of money, especially in this economic climate, and it needs to…

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Back into the Tigers’ Den, I bag me a Tiger!

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It’s been more than a year and half since I last attended a Tiger Bay luncheon. Actually, it feels like a lifetime ago. Perhaps the most appealing benefit of membership is the ability to participate in Question & Answer sessions with the speakers. The coveted “Fang & Claw Award” is presented to the member at each meeting who “slashes through pretension and prevarication” with the toughest question of the day. With Mayor Rick Baker as the speaker, I knew he…

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