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Mayor Bill Foster feels benefit of Republican National Convention



St. Petersburg is already feeling the impact of the Republican National Convention.

While convention activities are centered in Tampa, Mayor Bill Foster said convention delegates and visitors have heaped praise on the Sunshine City.

Although delegates don’t have much free time during the day, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster said visitors have been impressed by the hospitality and city venues.

“Everyone I talk with says they want to come back,” said Foster, a Republican. “We want them to come back. I am trying to be a good host.”

On Wednesday, Foster said he greeted a group Republicans at an event headlined by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a private home.

Foster also appeared Wednesday morning with Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at All Children’s Hospital for a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Romney brought many of her 18 grandchildren to the event.

“It was neat seeing her with all the kids,” Foster said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:00pm]


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