Six firms vie for City of St. Pete's lobbying contract – Florida Politics (blog)
Six firms are in the running to be St. Petersburg’s lobbyist in Tallahassee.
The contract, worth $50,000 last year, belonged to Peebles and Smith from Tallahassee. Its contract with the city expired Sept. 30 and the group has submitted a proposal to continue representing St. Pete.
The other five firms who have responded to the city’s request for a proposal:
Ballard Partners of Tallahassee. Among its clients are Amazon.com, American Traffic Solutions and the cities of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and Jacksonville. In Tampa Bay, the firm is represented by Ana Cruz and Todd Josko.
Ron Book of Aventura. Among Book’s clients are the cities of Tallahassee, Pinellas Park, North Miami and North Miami Beach; Miami-Dade, Brevard and Broward counties; the Broward County Clerk of Court; and the Miami-Dade Public School System.
Capitol Alliance Group. Among its clients are the city of Key West, Leon County, the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida, the PGA Tour and Tesla Motors.
Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodwork, Capouano & Bozarth of Tallahassee. Its clients include the city of Clearwater; Pinellas, Manatee and Charlotte counties; the Florida Ambulance Association; the Florida Bar; the Pinellas Education Foundation; and Tampa Bay Water. Lobbyist Pete Dunbar
Southern Strategy Group of Tampa Bay. Its clients include the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has not seen the proposals yet nor has a timeline for choosing a candidate.