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Fight erupts after council cedes BayWalk sidewalk



ST. PETERSBURG — A brawl erupted at a City Council meeting Thursday after council members voted to cede the public sidewalk fronting BayWalk to its owners.

The controversial 5-3 vote sent the audience into a flurry of celebratory cheers and passionate criticism that soon led to a fight.

The Rev. Bruce Wright, who spent weeks opposing the proposal, yelled: "You are so full of (expletive) it is ridiculous."

Frederick Dudley, who is the older brother of council member Bill Dudley and who had been in favor of the idea, screamed back: "Why don't you move?"

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:13pm]


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