Troxler's take: Was BayWalk vote a sign of new life in a weak St. Petersburg City Council?
When the queen of England sends a messenger to the House of Commons each year, the door is literally slammed in his face. He has to knock. This symbolizes the limit of the crown's authority.
Okay, here's something a little more local.
When the mayor of Tampa, Pam Iorio, shows up to address the Tampa City Council, she stands at the same lectern that the public uses. She does not have a throne up on the council's dais. Not even her own chair.
But in St. Petersburg, the first thing you notice at a City Council meeting is how it is dominated by the mayor and his top advisers. They sit up there, nameplates and chairs and all, literally and physically outflanking the council.