Sue Carlton column: Hey, Gov. Rick Scott, down here! Tampa Bay!
Hey, Gov. Rick Scott. Down here. It's us, Tampa Bay.
C'mon, you know us. Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay area, the Tampa Bay region. Head south from Tallahassee and hang a right. St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, lots of water. The Tampa Bay Rays, Bucs and Lightning. Hello?
Apparently, it didn't ring a bell.
This week, the newspaper where I've worked for more than two decades made news itself: The St. Petersburg Times is soon to become the Tampa Bay Times, a change reflecting its regional reach. (Having worked for years in Tampa at a paper named for St. Pete, I can tell you we've come a long way since the days the person you were interviewing would inevitably ask: So, you had to drive all the way across the bridge?)
Some people see the name change as a logical move forward. Others don't want to lose something familiar and iconic. Then there was the governor.
"That's interesting," Scott said. "Does the region call itself the Tampa Bay region? Is that what it calls itself? The region does?"
Read the entire column here.