Tampa council wants TV time
With 2010 and 2011 elections on the horizon, Tampa City Council members who are professed or rumored candidates on Thursday got excited about the idea of face time on a city-run television station.
After mayoral hopeful Tom Scott questioned how much it costs to air Tampa Sports Authority meetings, a program Mayor Pam Iorio launched several months ago, he asked why it is the mayor, police chief Steve Hogue and economic development administrator Mark Huey all have TV shows and the council has none. "I find that very interesting," he said. "For you not to be able to highlight some of things you're doing in the community is absurd."
Linda Saul-Sena (who is weighing a run for mayor) suggested the council might get time on Huey's show, because it's about the community redevelopment areas they oversee. John Dingfelder (already a Hillsborough County Commission candidate) pointed out that the council -- which also serves as the CRA board -- pays part of his salary.
Charlie Miranda called the conversation this way: "I'm not going to go on city TV to say I got elected and please reelect me," he said. "If you do it don't come to District 6 because I'm not going to be a part of it."
Stay tuned for the next episode.
Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer