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Bubba the Love Sponge gets more respect in St. Pete

While Bubba the Love Sponge Clem has vowed political revenge on Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, across the bay he gets more respect from St. Petersburg's City Hall. The city's tourism Web page, surprisingstpete.com, lists Clem as one of its "notable" residents along with actress Angela Bassett and jazz trombonist Buster Cooper.

The page is part of an ad campaign launched about a year ago funded with $50,000 from the city and more than that in donations of time and talent from Paradise Advertising.

Along with being the subject of some of Tampa socialite Jill Kelley's many e-mails, shock jock Clem has become even more notable of late after a sex tape of his then wife and Terry "Hulk Hogan" Bollea was recently made public.

That certainly qualifies as something surprising in St. Pete.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times Staff Writer

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