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St. Pete for Peace delays "yay free speech" party and aims for City Council member Herb Polson



ST. PETERSBURG -- St. Pete for Peace had planned to host a "yay free speech" party Sunday.

With the City Council reconsidering the BayWalk sidewalk give away, those plans are now on hold:

"Sorry, but we will have to postpone (not cancel!) the free speech celebration party at Café Bohemia this Sunday. It seems as though the city/Baywalk found itself in a hole and the best way they could think of handling the situation was to dig deeper," the group wrote to supporters Friday morning. "After our good faith effort saying we would not protest at Baywalk for at least a year, the city is again attempting to take away our rights.  Yesterday, council member Herb Polson flip-flopped and joined the four council members who previously voted against 1st Amendment rights.  So, this means the council will re-vote on whether or not to privatize the sidewalk next Thursday, Oct. 15th (the exact time is not yet known).  Maybe council member Polson can be swayed back to the correct position, or maybe he's already been convinced by Baywalk's big money interests.  Feel free to contact Mr. Polson by email at or by phone at 727-893-7117."

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:11pm]


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