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No respect and talk of gas at St. Petersburg City Council meeting



You know the old line about “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.”

Carol Gray, the owner of Crystal Mirage Gallery at the Pier, had an E.F. Hutton moment Thursday at the City Council meeting. During the open forum, a parade of residents urged Mayor Bill Foster and the council to delay the project.

Foster and many council members scrolled through their phones or computers or flipped through paperwork and never looked while each resident spoke for two minutes.

That is until Carol Gray spoke.

“As a matter of fact, we think you’re deaf,” Gray said. “The mayor doesn’t even look up. I have no idea what you’re working on. You don’t even pay attention.”

Foster and the group suddenly found time to look at residents.

Later in the meeting after the smoke cleared and many people left, Foster found his sense of humor while talking about city sludge.

“We are a gassy city,” said Foster, who didn’t want the quote published anywhere.

Buzz really wonders if Foster meant the council is full of gas since they like to spend hours pandering to the television cameras on every topic.

[Last modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 10:14am]


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