What’s good guy lobbyist Jon Costello up to?

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I’ve never made it a secret my long-distance man-crush on lobbyist Jon Costello, so it shouldn’t surprise readers that I try to stay up-to-date on what he is up to (that’s not creepy, is it?)

Two interesting data points about Costello arrived in my in-box and both are worth sharing.

The first is a new lobbying registration for Costello and his colleague Gary Rutledge. They are now reppin’ Sanctuary Cannabis LLC, which is registered to Alan Perlman and Robert McKee.

In anticipation of the medical marijuana amendment being signed into law, Sanctuary Cannabis is positioning itself to be one of the companies with the expertise and financial wherewithal to build the needed infrastructure for what is expected to be a booming industry. 

In addition to hiring Costello and Rutledge, Sanctuary Cannabis has also retained Democratic operative Steve Schale.

The second data point about Costello may be more interesting than a single lobbying registration. He, along with Rutledge and other investors, are going into the restaurant business.

Costello and Co. are bringing a Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox to the downtown space formerly occupied by Po’ Boys.

According to Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox’s website, the resto is known for its “kick ass burgers and southern comfort food served up with a side of sass.” Tucker Duke’s is the brain child of recent Food Network “Cutthroat Kitchen” winner & Florida native, Chef Brian Cartenuto.

New clients, a new restaurant, great hair (oh wait, did I say that aloud?) … Jon Costello seems to have it all.

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.