Good morning. It's Monday, April 28, 2014, which means it's ... almost May.
This weekend's Bollywood Oscars were the latest in a long, long line, of course, of Tampa trying to tell "its story" -- through Super Bowls, national political conventions and international awards shows.
"It's about more than just the party. It's about creating an identity for the city that we haven't ever had before. We've been somewhat of a faceless, nameless place in the eyes of the world. Everyone knows where Miami is. Everyone knows the mouse in Orlando. But not many people know about Tampa. This is our chance to expose Tampa to a whole subcontinent that's never seen it before," mayor Bob Buckhorn said in yesterday's paper.
"It tells the world who we are," Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham said in today's paper.
The phrase of the day: vindaloo vaudeville.
This, meanwhile, from the Times' Bob Trigaux, was a dispiriting reminder: Florida spends roughly half per public school student compared to New York or Connecticut and Florida teachers remain among the poorest paid in the nation. Also this. This too.
More: ... where are Gov. Rick Scott and Speaker Will Weatherford? Shame on both of them for failing to stand up for our springs. Weatherford, especially, should be embarrassed. He is a Floridian, not a "carpetbagger" as my grandmother would have called the governor. This is his state and his springs, and he should protect them. Click.
"You might think of Boyd Hill as St. Petersburg's Central Park."