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Mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett changes policy: Ray tickets will now go to constituents

ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members have schmoozed economic investors and rewarded do-gooders with baseball tickets to the city suite at Tropicana Field for years.

The long-standing perk is a "thank you" for people who "put in a lot of work for the city," said Council member Leslie Curran.

Most council members tend to dole out their city-issued tickets to business owners and neighborhood presidents within their districts. Council member Jamie Bennett followed this practice.

But after Bennett announced his candidacy for mayor, he began giving his tickets to supporters and community leaders across and even outside the city, according to a St. Petersburg Times review.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:53am]


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