Friday, February 27, 2015

Differences on Cuba glaringly obvious in Tampa Bay despite "thaw"

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM

As debate raged on the internet over the true colors of a party dress, a more serious discussion on US-Cuba relations, and one with eons more shelf life, took place on the USF St. Pete campus as part of the St. Petersburg in the World conference.

Much like those debating the dress, the panelists' views were divergent and subjective on a deeply complicated issue, one that has sparked extensive debate in the public sphere since President Obama announced he would seek to normalize relations with the country (though lifting the embargo would be unlikely, given that it's something Congress has to do). As yet, little has happened beyond conversation.

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Sh*t happened 2/27/2015: 600 Block, llamas amok and potential Hillsborough jobs

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 9:37 AM


All right, so Thursday was something of an improvement on Wednesday, and not only because llamas:

A water main break caused the side of a building along St. Pete's popular 600 block to collapse, throwing the future of other businesses in the structure into uncertainty (and causing a local mini-tsunami of internet activity). So basically, God has declared the area "so over." Religious Seminole Heights hipsters are bracing themselves for a sinkhole, or perhaps for all of their craft beer to spontaneously turn red (except for, you know, the red ales).

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pinellas Sens. file human trafficking, civil forfeiture bills

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:00 PM

This is what civil forfeiture looks like. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Wikimedia commons
  • This is what civil forfeiture looks like.
Florida is home to people who are all kinds of skeezy. 

Two bills state lawmakers are slated to consider during the legislative session that starts next week will deal with some of the travesties of which human beings — on both sides of the law — are capable in Florida and other places, but mostly Florida.

One, which State Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican filed, deals with human trafficking.

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Water main break, structural damage shut down 600 Block

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:51 PM

If you were planning on hitting Daddy Kool Records or Star Booty today, we have some sucky news.

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Transforming Tampa Bay: A new Urban Lab at St. Pete Shuffle's Cue House

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:13 PM

The Cue House.
  • The Cue House.

For three decades, Tampa has benefited from the bright, open minds of USF School of Architecture and Community Design students who have taken the city as their challenge. From pedestrian bridges arching over the river to green walls bounding transit systems, fresh ideas from these students have stimulated thinking about local design and development.

St. Petersburg has now rolled out the red carpet for USF SACD by picking up the $100,000 tab to rehab a 1,400-square-foot building in the historic Mirror Lake Park Shuffleboard Courts. This 1930s structure, called the Cue House, will provide studio space for graduate level community design research, thesis projects and design studios.

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Drinking Issue 2015: Commune + Co.'s rolling revival

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Commune + Co.'s coffee tricycle isn't welcome in Ybor's historic district. - RAY ROA
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  • Commune + Co.'s coffee tricycle isn't welcome in Ybor's historic district.

A stroll down Ybor City’s Seventh Avenue is an exercise for the senses. Sunlight beams onto cheesy plastic beads dangling over streetlights, panhandlers tell you stories and the sweet smell of cigar rollers’ tobacco always lingers in the air. Restaurants are everywhere, and there are bars on top of bars waiting to lend you a buzz.

What you won’t experience is a mobile vending cart. City code prohibits vendors from selling their wares on wheels.

Joel Davis of Commune + Co. is trying to change that.

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Sh*t happened 2/26/15: I don't even want to joke about it

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 9:01 AM

Beer fan David Bailey attended CL's Meet the Brewers, in spite of the fact that the world is falling apart. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Beer fan David Bailey attended CL's Meet the Brewers, in spite of the fact that the world is falling apart.

Ye gods, I can't even do it. Between one of the last Florida panthers being run over, firefighters suing a helmet manufacturer and the usual shit about trolls gaming online reviews, there's really just not a lot of piss to be taken with regard to today's news. So here's an enjoyable pic of a guy enjoying an enjoyable evening, and let's all just smile and hope that tomorrow offers some news that we can make fun of without feeling shitty. (SPOILER ALERT: We're all going to die horribly.)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

USF protest highlights plight of adjunct faculty

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Cole Bellamy (center).
  • Cole Bellamy (center).

On an overcast Wednesday as the surrounding campus teemed with activity, a handful of people were gathered outside USF Marshall Center to shed light on an issue that doesn't get a whole lot of attention: the paltry pay that adjunct faculty receive.

Adjunct professors teach at colleges and universities; usually core or lower-level classes. Despite having advanced degrees and other academic achievements, they do not have tenure, nor do they have any semblance of job security. Typically they make between $1,000-$2,000 per class they teach per semester. The most they can expect to earn is $24,000 annually with that course load level. 

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Election? What election? Tuesday’s low-profile Tampa contests could have more impact than voters assume.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 3:32 PM

Seriously, go vote. - PROGRESSMICHIGAN.ORG
  • Seriously, go vote.
If you live in Tampa and haven’t thought about Tuesday’s election, you may want to, especially if you plan on sticking around for a few decades.

Sure, local elections aren’t sexy, and they get short shrift in the media (who wants to talk about stormwater when we can scream about abortion?). Sure, there’s not much excitement without a serious challenge to incumbent mayor Bob Buckhorn, whose only opponent is a write-in who has raised $120.

But, damn it, Tuesday’s election is important.

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Group that fought the Lens urges public scrutiny of Pier designs

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Prospect Pier is one of the design concepts being proposed by the pier. - FR-EE
  • FR-EE
  • Prospect Pier is one of the design concepts being proposed by the pier.

As you may or may not know, a non-binding poll is underway that allows St. Pete residents (registered voters anyone over 18, anyway*), to weigh in on which of the seven design proposals should be chosen to replace the St. Petersburg Pier.

Each of the designs was put together by a different collection of architectural firms, landscape designs and others and intended as an iconic monument on the downtown waterfront, sort of like the inverted pyramid was supposed to be, and Million Dollar Pier was before that.

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