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Manuel Sykes questions will of city officials to support minority-owned businesses in Midtown

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Suntrust Bank. Sweetbay Supermarket. Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food restaurant. Walgreens. Those are all businesses that have closed, or are about to close, in south St. Petersburg, the Rev. Dr. Manuel Sykes said Wednesday. Yet, the city seems to have done nothing to help them stay open or to replace the ones that have closed. City officials could have stepped in with grants or loans or even delayed some actions, Sykes said. But instead of using the city’s power to…

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