The news that Bill Hyers has left Charlie Crist's campaign has sent ...well, not exactly shockwaves through Florida's political community, but at least some minor reverberations.
Hyers was branded one of the hot Democratic consultants in the country after his success in ushering in Bill DeBlasio's overwhelming victory over Joe Lhota in New York City's mayoral election last month. He told New York Magazine yesterday that he never really had fully engaged in his role with Crist however, saying, "I never started, and ended up just deciding to stay in NYC. Great town."
Of course it is, Bill. But you knew that before you decided to work for Charlie. No?
Latimer spoke at a crowded news conference inside Senator Bill Nelson's district office in Tampa. Florida's senior Senator called it another move by the Rick Scott-led administration to "suppress the vote," this time in a low turnout congressional election in the 13th District in Pinellas County early next year.
Every month, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn hosts a food truck rally at downtown Tampa's Lykes Gaslight Square. Buckhorn always shows up and grabs a bite to eat from one of the Tampa Bay area's local food trucks in attendance.
For Wednesday, December 4, food truck rally attendees should take note of some of the new offerings. Tampa's Best of the Bay award-winning Holy Hog BBQ brings its "food truck" (it's a vehicle but not quite a food truck) filled with all the barbecue your midday tummy can muster.
Preconceived notions and expectations can be incredible sources of disappointment. A predetermined image or an idea of how a film will unfold or how a record will sound or how a concert will flow can often be the standards to which we can only hope said art forms will live up to. And when they don't live up to our hopes, we often feel betrayed and ripped off. However, when those very expectations are surpassed and exceed our wildest imagination, the elation and the rush we experience is pretty indescribable.
So was the case with last Monday night's Johnny Marr concert at the cozy Beacham Theatre in downtown Orlando. I knew this would be a special show. Besides the fact that Marr is an amazing, accomplished guitarist and that he was the heart and soul of The Smiths, one of the greatest British rock bands of all time (yes, I said it), his current solo album, 2013's The Messenger is a superb display of Marr's fine songwriting and playing and showcases his appealing, emotive vocal talents.
I can only imagine how this sex toy/exercise machine was conceived. Was the inventor inspired by a coworker bouncing on the exercise ball she used as an office chair? Did he find his muse in a naked adult using a child's bounce ball? Or, did he simply see a woman in yoga pants grinding an exercise ball in his pilates class?
In "America's Changing Economy," written by the group Alliance for a Just Society, there are 13 job seekers in the state for each living wage job opening. The report says that it's even more difficult for job seekers with a family to support, with 53 job seekers looking to make $39.48 an hour, which the study says is a living wage for a family with two working adults and two children.
Gaskin-Capehart is a St. Pete native with previous political experience. Most recently she served as the director of communications and external affairs for the Pinellas County Urban League. Prior to that she worked in Pinellas County for Kathy Castor and before that Jim Davis, when he represented South St. Pete in Congress.
Ever since the city of Tampa went with their cool, new solar-powered parking meters in the downtown business district a few years ago, I've been slightly befuddled about the actual rules of the road, so to speak.
For instance, on more than one occasion I've been popped for parking without feeding a meter on a Saturday, even a Saturday night. Okay, now I understand the law, and am now hip to the fact that I need to do it - on a certain side of Kennedy Boulevard. But why couldn't it be more explicitly stated in the streets of downtown? It's an issue I've discussed with some friends, and now poor Rolfe Arnhym is feeling the pain as well.
A real light batch of releases kick off December, before bigger drops on 12/10 and 12/17, then two Tuesdays of nada. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know), with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to check out releases that dropped over the past few months.
Brought to you by The Fashion Movement, Bow Ties and Clutches makes its return to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts after its triumphant debut last year — and not to mention earning itself a Creative Loafing Best of the Bay award.