Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Crist says 'what's wrong' with PSC appointee owning a nightclub?



Steve Stevens, 44, the former finance director of the Escambia County Sheriff's Department, whom Gov. Charlie Crist appointed to the Public Service Commission on Thursday, lists no current employer on his resume and is half owner and manager of Rick's Cabana, a bar and package lounge in Cantonment, near Pensacola. Crist told the Herald/Times that he has no problem with Stevens owning a bar, Rick's Cabana Lounge.

``What's wrong with owning a small business?,'' he said, adding that his grandfather owned a bar when he first came to the U.S. ``He certainly will be aware of the cost of his utility bill.''

Crist also appointed Bradenton Herald editorial page editor David Klement to the panel that regulates utilities. Read more on the appointees' pitch to the nominating council and the governor here. Here's one of the promotional ads from Stevens' bar, courtesy of a political opponent of the governor:

  Rick's Cabana Lounge

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:20pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours