Cities are all bottled up
The nation's mayors, led by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, voted Monday at their annual meeting in Miami to phase out government use of bottled water and replace it with city tap water. Environmental groups like the move, saying producing and shipping plastic bottles wastes energy.
But not Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, who said her city will continue spending about $31,000 a year on bottled water.
"Bottled water encourages people to drink more water, which is healthy," she said.
Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard said he'll take the issue to the Clearwater City Council next month. St. Pete spends about $13,000 a year on bottled water. There's been no word from St. Petersburg city officials on whether they'll consider cutting the expense.
Janet Zink, Times staff writer