The luckiest person in St. Pete today is … Bill Foster (con't)

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On Thursday, after it was announced that former Mayor Rick Baker would be joining the Edwards Group, I named Bill Foster the luckiest person in St. Petersburg because Baker’s move makes it highly unlikely that Baker will run for his old job in 2013.

With Baker unlikely to run next year, the field is cleared of the one opponent Foster could not even run against, much less beat.

All of that said, an astute observer of St. Pete politics points out just how lucky Foster really is. In addition to clearing the field, Baker is now going to work on BayWalk and the Mahaffey and several other projects — the success of which directly impacts Foster’s chances at re-election. Foster himself has not been able to get much done with BayWalk, but now he has Baker, the ultimate to-do list buster, tackling one of the most pressing issues facing the city.

The entire situation is a win-win for Foster because if Baker and Edwards don’t get The Shops of St. Pete (as BayWalk will be known) off the ground, Foster can just blame Baker.

It’s more likely, however, that Baker, Edwards and the Shops will be a ringing success. And that’s just what Foster needs as he asks voters for a second term.

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