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Former Gov. Charlie Crist and Carole Crist make plans to live full time in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Charlie Crist is trading his downtown bachelor pad for a family pad, where he and his wife, Carole, will live full time.

The ex-governor, adjusting to life in the private sector, is preparing to move from his 21st-floor, one-bedroom condo at Bayfront Tower in St. Petersburg to a rented two-bedroom condo on the 19th floor.

"I've been at Bayfront for a long time, and we're glad to get a little more space,'' said Crist, who in 2008 proposed to Carole inside his rental in the building with sweeping views of Tampa Bay.

After leaving office, the Crists expected to travel between St. Petersburg and Fisher Island near Miami Beach, where she has a nearly 3,700-square-foot, four-bedroom condo. But she is selling that condo, asking $3.7 million.

"It's great to be in the 'Burg,'' said Crist on Monday.

The bigger condo has an extra room to accommodate his two stepdaughters when they visit from New York.

Crist, 54, who lost his bid for U.S. Senate in November, has been involved in politics and public service since he first ran for the Legislature in 1986. He's now working at the personal injury law firm of Morgan & Morgan. "The People's Governor," as Crist called himself, now hands out an understated business card listing his title simply as "Attorney."

"It's been a lot of fun working with John Morgan. He's such a great guy, and it's a natural segue for someone who at least tried to be the people's governor and attorney general to be at a firm that's for the people,'' said Crist, who also has been nominated for the board of directors of the St. Joe Co. real estate giant.

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Adam C. Smith can be reached at asmith@sptimes.com.

Former Gov. Charlie Crist and Carole Crist make plans to live full time in St. Petersburg 02/14/11 [Last modified: Monday, February 14, 2011 7:23pm]

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