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Beach bar owner "blindsided" by commissioner request
Beach bar owner "blindsided" by commissioner request

St. Pete Beach – Rob Williams thought he would speak about the car show and go back home, but before the commission reached that item on the agenda, District 1 Commissioner Lorraine Huhn told fellow commissioners she thought the outdoor use in front of the Swigwam--Williams’ tavern on Corey--posed a “public safety issue”.

“It [the city allowing smokers to sit in front of the Swigwam] really isn’t working as well for the city as it is for one of the business operators,” she said.

Although the commission did not hear public comment, Mayor Steve McFarlin did ask Williams to speak.

“I have to tell you,” he said, “this is totally blindsiding me. I came here to talk about the car show. And Lorraine, you bring this up out of the blue? You said before you got elected, ‘I’m sure we can work this out’ and then out of the blue you do this? That’s a little unfair, isn’t it?” he asked her.

“Not really,” she told him from the dais.

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