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If giving away public land (to limit citizens’ 1st Amendment rights) is the only way to save BayWalk, then let it fail!

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It was Aaron Sharockman who first made the point that if the owners of BayWalk had originally asked for the property where the sidewalk around the entertainment complex is, the city would have been more than happy to have given them the land. So what’s the big deal now? The big deal is that City Hall should not be in the business of giving away public land to private interests because those interests don’t like people exercising their 1st Amendment…

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Developer takes control of BayWalk

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TAMPA — Developer Fred Bullard, an original partner in the BayWalk retail center, has bought out the Sembler Co. for full control of the downtown St. Petersburg plaza. Bullard had owned 50 percent of BayWalk and on Thursday acknowledged buying the other half from Sembler for an undisclosed sum. He purchased the remaining portion of BayWalk through STPR Holdings, a company he controls. Bullard said he has no immediate plans for changes at BayWalk but is evaluating the plaza. “We’ve…

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