Foster doesn't stay away from hometown for long
ST. PETERSBURG | Bill Foster is back in town - for good.
The former mayor of St. Petersburg, who began working at a Vero Beach law firm after his defeat in last year's mayoral election, announced on Facebook he was coming back to the Sunshine City.
That means he's set up shop once again at his downtown law firm on Fourth Street N., which he ran for years with his dad.
"It's a good thing," Foster told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday morning. "We put the band back together."
Foster said a few things caused him to return. The owner of the east-cost firm had a health scare earlier this year that caused him to re-evaluate expanding the business into the Tampa Bay area, Foster said.
And Foster already had been commuting back to this side of the state on the weekends.
Foster said he doesn't plan to be a stranger about town now that he is back. He said he will still be a community activist and wants to get re-engaged with the business chamber.
"Being in Vero Beach was a blessing at the time," Foster said. "It was a nice place to decompress after my term. ... I'll always be a St. Pete guy."