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Foster picks the Pier for the American Idol big show

ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayor Bill Foster calls it "Operation Michael."

It's his mission to raise awareness about American Idol contestant Michael Lynche, and he's using the city's website and marketing team to promote the hometown hero. If Lynche is among the three finalists, Foster's even chosen a venue for Lynche to perform a free concert next Friday.

"It's going to be at the Pier," Foster said. "There's no better view of downtown than from the Pier, which can use some good news."

Foster said that while he's pulling for Lynche to win it, he does have ulterior motives for promoting him.

"I make no apologies in trying to feature my sparkling city on national TV," Foster said.

-- Michael Van Sickler, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:35pm]


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