Monday, January 26, 2015

Sucky idea of the week: Housing Authority decides to sell Woodson African-American Museum

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM

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You know what not to do ten days before the start of Black History Month?

Decide to put a property on the market that happens to be the site of a museum celebrating the triumphs and trials of a city's African-Amerian population still dealing with racism and de facto segregation.

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Sh*t happened 01/26/15: Kriseman, SkyMall, panthers and arson

Posted By on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 9:17 AM

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So the weekend rushed by, blown by heavy winds and the kind of screwed-up weather that's come to define this winter in Florida. There was barely time to make fun of anything, hardly at all.

FRIDAY, JAN. 23

Airplane Lord of the Rings-ring-and-heated-welcome-mat-and-fake-rock-to-hide-your-key-in catalog SkyMall filed for bankruptcy. Finally. 

Those of you who hope to one day see a Florida panther in the wild (as opposed to those of you who just secretly yearn to run over the last remaining one) are no closer to achieving your goal — while births are up, deaths are up too, making everything kind of a wash. Also, seriously, who the fuck is running over 250-pound wild cats? Their sexting has gotten a bit verbose, methinks.

SATURDAY, JAN. 24

St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman announces during his state of the city address that he's struck a deal with Pinellas County to build a new police station. Yup. That's right. There's a huge scandal about arts funding, folks trying to keep the Rays in town, and the first thing he can think of is, let's keep cops on everybody's mind, shall we?

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport was disrupted after reports of bomb threats, which turned out to be false. Who the hell is gonna bomb the Atlanta airport? ANYBODY WHO'S FLOWN DELTA OR SOUTHWESTERN, THAT'S WHO. 

SUNDAY, JAN 25

And finally, my favorite headline of the entire weekend has simply got to be "Man arrested after setting fire to building." Well, of course he was. 

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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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