Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Pinellas

Interstate memorial honors Bette Wimbish's service to St. Petersburg

Bette Wimbish: A Fighter Till the EndThe St. Petersburg City Council recently voted to approve state Sen. Darryl Rouson's bill that would rename a portion of Interstate 375 after the late Vice Mayor Bette Wimbish. Like her husband, civil rights leade...
Updated: 4 months ago

Daniel Ruth: The search for cash for a new Rays stadium

All those sugar plum fairies were very nice while they lasted. Now it's time to cue the bean counter ballet.For many months, we've been witness to the great Tampa Bay Rays stadium saga. Should they stay in St. Petersburg? Or should they go eastward? ...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Drip, drip, drip goes St. Petersburg's sewer mess

When you get right down to it, the job description for the mayor of any city is pretty easily defined.There are three basic things the mayor has to do: A) maintain the roads and street lights, B) keep criminal mayhem to a minimum and C) when it rains...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Rays stadium in Oldsmar is not so off-the-wall

Might itty-bitty Oldsmar be the little town that could? Recently Mayor Doug Bevis floated the notion his fair hamlet just might be the prime location for a new ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays to call home. And no doubt the idea likely created great g...
Updated a year ago
Darden Rice: Express bus route to beaches worth a compromise

Darden Rice: Express bus route to beaches worth a compromise

Everyone knows that Pinellas County is home to incredible beaches, world-class entertainment, and unmatched quality of life.Because of this, Pinellas has emerged one of the nation's top vacation destinations. This tourism boom is driving new business...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: To build or not to build a St. Petersburg pier

It's not very often a place like St. Petersburg gets an opportunity to ask itself a simple but very profound question.What truly defines a city's identity?Paris, of course, has its Eiffel Tower. London has Buckingham Palace. Or perhaps Trafalgar Squa...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Great moments in public administration

And now another exciting episode of "Great Moments In Public Administration," brought to you by our sponsor, Roto-Rooter.The action begins with our hero, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, walking the moors of the city when he is interrupted by his ...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Imagining a Trump for St. Petersburg's Pier

If everyone will gather together, we can begin our tour of St. Petersburg's long-awaited Trump Pier. As you can see, it is the greatest, most exciting and obviously huuuuuuugest pier in the history of piers. We think you'll be particularly impressed ...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Another campaign promise bites the dust in Clearwater

This doomed exercise in democracy probably falls into category of no good deed goes unignored.It was with the best of intentions that Clearwater City Council member Bob Cundiff ran for office promising he would be more accessible to the public than a...
Updated a year ago

Daniel Ruth: Don't blame former mayors for St. Pete's sewage mess

It is not a bright idea for a mayor to blame his predecessors for a massive sewage spill long after they have left office. To paraphrase Harry Truman: the sludge stops here — right on top of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's desk.Memo to Kri...
Updated a year ago