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Nurse wants review of St. Pete-Jabil negotiations

ST. PETERSBURG--City Council Member Karl Nurse called for a review of the City's covert business negotations today, a day after news broke that the city and county had secretly set aside millions in public dollars to convince Jabil Circuit to stay put.

"While I understand there are conflicting needs to work out economic development projects behind closed doors, the public's right to know what commitments are being made must be weighed," he wrote in an email to city staff today. "I would like a greater comfort level that we are doing as little as possible out of the sunshine to achieve our economic development goals."

Nurse, the city's newest elected official, asked the council to take up the issue during a public workshop.

"This kept me awake last night," he explained to a reporter. "I do take this pretty seriously."

Read more about the Jabil deal here.

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:29am]


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