Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pinellas

Daniel Ruth: Charlie Crist huge favorite to win U.S. House seat

Elsewhere across the land there is great hand-wringing over who will win the presidency. And from Panama City to Key West considerable rumination ensues over who will succeed Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate. Conjecture abounds about the successor to G...
Updated: 2 years ago
Daniel Ruth: The great gondola gallop in Pinellas

Daniel Ruth: The great gondola gallop in Pinellas

There's an old story. Many years ago, then-Tampa Mayor Nick Nuccio, upon returning from a trip to Italy, appeared before the City Council to extol the beauty of the gondolas he had experienced in Venice. Wouldn't it be great, he mused, if the council...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Newpoint's lesson in bad charter schools

There are those who believe our public school system is little more than a den of illiteracy, populated by hapless teachers, inept administrators and a curricula teaming with radical Marxist liberal ideas like evolution, climate change and unfounded ...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Broaden effort to keep Rays in Pinellas

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Mr. Dithers, has been in an especially grumpy-pants mood lately. This is no small accomplishment since the Big Daddy of Pinellas County politics seems to be the sort of chap who wakes up every morning with a harrumph and go...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: St. Petersburg divides cash from BP oil spill

When you think of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from the images of destroyed wetlands and dead animals to the spill circulating through the Gulf of Mexico, the memories remain all too vivid.Here's another byproduct of the BP disaster: Cha-...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: When preservationists become obstructionists

Just because you're well-intentioned, deeply committed and more altruistic than Florence Nightingale doesn't mean you're right.St. Petersburg Preservation is a fine, admirable group of citizens who have dedicated themselves to protecting the city's r...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: A $33 million pier lacks iconic status

What can you get for $33 million?Not as much as one might think.At $46 million, St. Petersburg thought it was getting a very nice penthouse suite. But at $33 million, it looks as if the city might have to settle for a comfy time share in Two Egg.Ther...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Charlie Crist attempts comeback in U.S. House race

Here's the thing when you have a lunch appointment with Charlie Crist. You need to factor in extra time for the former governor of Florida to schmooze his way to the table. So many hands to shake. So many names to collect. So many backs yet to be sla...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker is nothing but toxic waste

If the jury in the so-called invasion of privacy (cue the giggles) trial featuring Tampa Bay's resident court jester Terry Bollea/Hulk Hogan vs. the declasse website Gawker had any sense of humor or justice, they would vote in favor of the Sasquatch ...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg offers chance to dream

It's that time of year again when St. Petersburg turns into the mother of all traffic jams. Clogged streets. Barriers hither and yon. Congestion. Irritation. Annoyance. Frustration. But isn't it all way, way, way cool?This is the weekend of the Fires...
Updated: 2 years ago