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Howard Troxler: St. Petersburg City Council members are weenies



It took the St. Petersburg City Council exactly one meeting in early 2008 to decide to chase a $450 million baseball stadium.

But for something really important — whether street vendors like Joy McGhee can sell hot dogs downtown after 9 p.m. — that decision is taking month after month.

McGhee, you see, actually committed two offenses against the city in July. The first was to sell hot dogs from her pushcart on Central Avenue after 9 p.m. to the city's evening foot traffic.

But her second offense was to attract publicity for her case and to tick off City Hall — for which she now is being punished by the full weight of the bureaucracy.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:08pm]


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