Saturday, January 24, 2015

Kriseman: Despite clouds, Sunshine reigns in St. Petersburg

Posted By on Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 7:23 PM

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The sun broke through the clouds over St. Petersburg City Hall at exactly 10 a.m., and when Mayor Rick Kriseman began his first State of the City address moments later, it seemed a perfect metaphor for Kriseman's rosy message about St. Petersburg: The sun shines here.

Whether or not everyone agrees with that message didn't matter to the enthusiastic crowd of supporters gathered to hear Kriseman. In his speech, Kriseman drew heavily from both big and small victories — raising minimum wage for city workers, ending the red light camera program and taking the fence down around the Pier to convey his message: St. Petersburg rocks.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

First debate offers glimpse of likely themes in Tampa Council races

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 8:54 PM

Councilman Charlie Miranda points to the sky as opponents Julie Jenkins and Joe Citro look on.
  • Councilman Charlie Miranda points to the sky as opponents Julie Jenkins and Joe Citro look on.
From Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's sweeping downtown development plan to thawing U.S. relations with Cuba to the possibility of baseball moving into the city, Tampa has kind of a lot going on right now.

Probably less prominent in the public psyche at the moment of is the group of people who will be seeing the city through these evolutions, making decisions with a direct impact on how they're carried out: candidates for Tampa City Council.


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Lucky 7: Panel narrows St. Pete Pier proposal list

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 6:21 PM

No dice, Crescent.
  • No dice, Crescent.
At a blearily early Friday morning meeting of the Pier Selection Committee, the panel tasked with reviewing design concepts to replace the St. Pete Pier weighed the ability of each proposal to be built within the city's guidelines — and budget.

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Sh*t happened 1/23/15: Scott again, abortion bill stalls and oh, the humanity

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:03 AM

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Thursday skated across the fragile skin of the world like the breath of some exotic, forgotten animal that, over time and distance and neglect, degraded into a mild breeze; not many noticed. Did you?

Two men were found shot outside an apartment way out there on the way to Plant City. What's interesting about this is the fact that the story has been changed to delete the fact that the "apartment' used to be a hotel, so, you know, a pay-by-the-week crash pad for unfortunates and skells. If TBO.COM would like to explain to me why the story was updated without explanation or attribution or disclosure, I can be reached here.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Is sh*t getting real in the Rick Scott FDLE saga?

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 4:31 PM

If you're reading this, there's a better-than-solid chance you didn't vote to reelect Governor Rick Scott. Though judging by the anemic turnout last November, there's also an excellent likelihood you didn't vote at all.

But that's all water off a duck's back now. The important thing is, Governor Rick Scott is catching grief over last month's departure of the state's top law enforcement official, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey — enough that even his close political allies are starting to show concern.

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History Channel to feature old-timey relic from the lobby of Tampa Bay hotel

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:27 PM

You may not know it, but there was a time when phones weren't something people constantly stared at; a bygone era where people used them to actually (gasp) talk to one another. In fact, some of them actually had small structures around them to create privacy and eliminate noise during said non-text conversations.

One of these contraptions, antique phone and all, is something of a centerpiece in the lobby of downtown St. Pete's Hollander Hotel, a hip boutique hotel that's home to a popular watering hole. It gets a lot of attention from tourists who are curious about what the hell it is.

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WTF, WFTS! Ch. 28 gives Lakeland plane crash 747-size "breaking news" coverage

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:22 PM

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Action News Ch. 28 was first on the scene with breaking news coverage of a small plane crash into an empty building — a former plastics facility. According to the news report, the crash occurred around 8:20 a.m. at 5300 Allen K Breed Highway.

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The Arts Economy: Paint by numbers

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Muralists like Sebastian Coolidge have helped transform St. Pete’s cultural landscape. - HEIDI KURPIELA
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  • Muralists like Sebastian Coolidge have helped transform St. Pete’s cultural landscape.
With its recent profusion of murals, downtown St. Pete seems to have a level of vibrance that wasn’t there in, say, 2007.

Something about these works, done by muralists like Sebastian Coolidge, Bask and Jennifer Kosharek, makes the place seem more alive than it once was. They’re the visual equivalents of the music spilling out onto the streets from countless downtown venues every Saturday night.

Even as the recession caused public funding to dwindle and private buyers to vanish, the Tampa Bay region — St. Petersburg in particular — grew as a place for creative people. But the government money that used to fund grants to artists and arts organizations hasn’t really come back, and artists say the community can’t really sustain itself without the existence of an infrastructure to help them stay afloat here, especially those who are just starting out.

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Sh*t happened 1/22/15: Ferguson, measles and bears, oh my!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 8:59 AM

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Wednesday! Twenty-four hours that make or break the human spirit. Assuming, of course, that shit didn't crumble under the weight of reality years ago...

Multiple sources have reported that federal prosecutors will not be charging Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO back in August, saying there isn't enough conclusive evidence that Wilson used excessive force or wasn't in fear for his own life. Not for nothing, but "conclusive" sounds a lot like "beyond a shadow of a doubt," which is what I thought TRIAL JURIES WERE FOR.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

St. Pete Police Chief Holloway on Ferguson, neighborhood policing and why he's after your stash

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 5:16 PM

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New-ish St. Pete Police Chief Anthony Holloway told a room full of Tiger Bay Club members Wednesday that in a perfect world he'd police the community like Andy Griffith.

Which means, he said, preventing crime by knowing everyone in town. 

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