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PolitiFact Florida looks at Kathleen Ford's claim about the Lens



St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford made a bold claim at the Tuesday Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 debate: "There is no planned air-conditioned restaurant out on the Lens."

PolitiFact Florida put her claim to the Truth-O-Meter. Ford's claim is very carefully worded but lacks context about the planned dining situation at the Lens (should it survive a referendum in the Aug. 27 election). The truth is, the current Lens design includes both a full-sized, waterfront restaurant at the Hub of the Lens (currently a parking lot) and a slimmed-down, open-air cafe out above the water.

Will the cafe be air-conditioned? Not at the moment, but design talks are stalled as the vote looms.

Read on for the fact-check and rating. Leave a comment here.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 8, 2013 3:34pm]


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