City officials in St. Petersburg say that public demonstration at Baywalk in St. Pete are creating a public safety hazard by pushing pedestrians into the street, and they are now proposing designated "pedestrian safety zones" outside Baywalk AND Tropicana Field where picketing would not be allowed.

Chris Enresto is one of about 2 dozen protestors who have been demonstrating against the War in Iraq for over a year now...He reacted with disgust when discussing with WMNF the proposals that will be brought up in front of the St. Petersburg City Council next month (roll tape#1 o.q."on a public sidewalk")

The St. Petersburg Times reported today the plan to enforce such zones will be discussed at the City Council at a workshop on Monday, August 2nd, and is scheduled for a public hearing 3days later... Chris Ernesto from St. Pete for Peace says this is a blatant disregard for the freedom to assemble (roll tape#2 o.q." in the city of St. Petersburg")

A call to the Sembler Company was answered by a secretary to Craig Sher, President and CEO of the Sembler Company....She told WMNF that only Sher would comment on the issue , and he was out of town for another week.

Those who have been protesting at the weekly vigils on Saturday night at Baywalk say they will fight back... Their planning aprotest at 6PM tomorrow night, walking from Central and 4th Street to Baywalk....

Then they'll meet Thursday evening from 7 to 9PM at Sojourner Truth Center at 1621 16th Street South to discuss strategy, followed by the regular

March for peace at Baywalk this Saturday night from 7 to 9pm.

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