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St. Pete Realtor says Pride is good for business

The 250,000 people who attend St. Pete Pride events create a $22 million economic impact in the city,  said Luke Blankenship, executive director at St. Pete Pride.

“I’m sure many of you feel that impact through the events and just people coming into your doors,” Blankenship said, during a panel discussion Wednesday at Now Trending, a quarterly lunch for members of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.

St. Pete Pride has kicked off five days of events that will culminate in the TransPride March and the Tech Data St. Pete Pride Parade Saturday night along the waterfront, and a street festival with 230 vendors in the Grand Central District on Sunday.

“I attribute about $2.5 million in sales to LGBT buyers or couples that have come to the area, which is probably about half of my individual sales this year, and that’s a huge increase from prior years,” he said.

Poth credited organizations such as St. Pete Pride, Equality Florida and Metro Inclusive Health, which hosted the Chamber event. This is the second year that Poth & Associates has participated in Pride.

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