St. Pete police lobby homeowners for help
In a stalemate with St. Petersburg officials over police pay, the Pinellas County Police Benevolent Association sent out more than 1,000 mailers to the homes of influential residents last week asking for their support.
Mark Deasaro (left), the union president, said he targeted residents "who could make a difference," including elected officials.
The union and the city have been in salary negotiations for months with neither side willing to compromise much.
In the mailer, the union asks residents to call Mayor Rick Baker and demand the officers get what they deserve.
"We are asking the public for help because the city is saying they don't have any money to pay us," said Deasaro. "We want people to realize what is going on. More police officers are going to leave this city."
City Council Member Herb Polson said he was surprised when he received one of the color mailers this weekend. "It's an interesting strategy," he added.
-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer.
[James Borchuck, Times files]