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Why isn’t the Times writing about Tom Coehlo’s connection to Deveron Gibbons?

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How is it that the Palm Beach Post can write a story about a politician’s prominent supporter and fundraiser getting into trouble…

…yet the St. Petersburg Times has not written about the connection between Deveron Gibbons and Tom Coehlo, a prominent supporter and fundraiser of Gibbons arrested for, well, being a con man.

Instead of researching the Coehlo-Gibbons connection, Times editor Heather Uriquedes greenlights this story: The Suncoast Police Benevolent Association held a Fourth of July barbecue on Saturday for the men and women of the St. Petersburg Police Department stuck working the holiday. Mayoral candidate Bill Foster stopped by to flip burgers — while wearing a campaign shirt.

“While Rome burned, Nero fiddled.”

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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