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Times editorial slams candidates, Deveron Gibbons, in particular, on ‘pandering on panhandling’

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You just knew the Times was setting Deveron Gibbons up on this story. Fortunately for Gibbons, his strong stance against panhandling will resonate with voters, even if it erased whatever hope he had of earning the Times‘ recommendation.

Here is an excerpt from the Times editorial: “St. Petersburg’s mayoral race has degenerated into a contest to see who can be more punitive toward panhandlers. Candidates are jockeying to out-tough one another, with Deveron Gibbons telling voters recently he would “guarantee” that street beggars would no longer be a problem under his administration. Gibbons is either naive or purposely exaggerating, because there are constitutional limits on what the city can do to address the issue. In fact, most of the candidates seem intent on demagoguing the panhandling situation, with many suggesting simplistically that the solution lies in tougher ordinances. Read the rest of the Times editorial here.

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.

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