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Was Go Davis really coming from the hospital on the night he was stopped for suspicion of DUI?

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On December 15, 2009,  just before two o’clock in the morning, City of St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Goliath Davis was stopped for suspicion of DUI.  During the stop, Davis told the police officer who had pulled him over that he did not have his driver’s license because he had just returned from the hospital — as if going to the hospital excuses one from carrying their driver’s license.

But that is beside the point: was Go Davis really coming back from the hospital on the night in question? It’s certainly plausible, but it’s not probable.  The only hospital it makes sense for Davis to be returning from is Palms of Pasadena hospital in South Pasadena.  The Palms of Pasadena is, as far as hospitals go, exactly like what it’s name implies: more retirement home than a setting for a John Wells drama.  Yes, it has an Emergency Room, but it’s not exactly George Clooney territory.  Of course, the Palms does get its share of heart attack victims, simply because the average age of the residents in the surrounding community is 72 years old.

So, let’s say Go Davis was visiting the Palms of Pasadena on December 14/15 to see an associate checked-in for emergency room care or a long-term visit – either way it doesn’t make sense for Davis to have left the hospital to return home via a northbound track on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport.

Here is a Mapquest track of the route Davis would have taken had he gone straight from the Palms of Pasadena to his home in South St. Pete:

And here is the Mapquest track of Davis’ journey if he had, in fact, been coming from the hospital but had stopped off somewhere in Gulfport’s bar and restaurant district.  This is where Davis was first spotted, at 1:42 a.m., by the Gulfport Police, veering into the wrong lane HEADING NORTHBOUND along Beach Boulevard.

That’s a five-mile detour from a straight shot from the hospital to Go Davis’ home.  Oh, and by the way, the Palms of Pasadena hospital has no record of Goliath Davis visiting their facilities on December 14.  How much you wanna bet Davis was never at the hospital that evening?

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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