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The exclusive surveillance photos the St. Pete Times doesn’t want you to see

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Dressed in bright yellow shirts and armed with talking points likely provided to them by their masters on First Avenue South, the street vendors testifying against the City of St. Petersburg’s solicitation ban spoke, rather eloquently I might add, about how each one of them abided by every single law and ordinance on the books.

We never step into the street in the face of a green light, many of them said.

We never present an obstacle to ongoing traffic, many of them said.

Selling newspapers in the street is not a threat to driver safety, all of them said.

Unfortunately for the street vendors and their masters on First Avenue South, the evidence suggests otherwise.  And that’s what I am talking about here…evidence.

Photographic evidence presented by the City of St. Petersburg to Judge Richard Lazzarra at Thursday’s hearing regarding the St. Petersburg Times’ motion for an injunction preventing the enforcement of the solicitation ban while the case works its way through the courts.

Photographic evidence that clearly shows that the street vendors who said one thing are actually doing another when they sell their newspapers.

Photographic evidence that was very difficult to obtain, but necessary for you to see so that you can make an informed decision about this issue. I also knew the St. Petersburg Times was not going to publish these photos because they undermine their case. Take a look for yourself:

and this one…

and this one…

and this one…

and this one…

and this one…

and this last one…

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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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