An issue St. Petersburg mayor hopeful can't duck

Amscot Financial vice president Deveron Gibbons launched his 2009 bid for the St. Petersburg mayor's office Friday, but I wonder if his role with Amscot will be a boon or a hindrance.

The payday loan bank has not been without its critics, as evidenced by the uproar regarding the City of St. Petersburg's proposal to have Enoch Davis Center customers pay their utility bills at Amscot. On the other hand, Gibbons' role with the company allows him to cite business experience and the company's charitable efforts as a strength.

Fair or not, Gibbons, 35, will have to address the issue. ...

SoHo's buzzing about the latest effort from Jimmy Lanza. The Lodge, in the spot formerly occupied by some French-inspired restaurants and 42nd Street Bistro on South Howard, was reportedly packed on New Year's Eve. It's not surprising given Lanza's success with his other establishments: Ciccio & Tony's, The Lime and Daily Eats. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: I won't lower my standards in order to raise yours.

The question is not did defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's midseason announcement to leave the Bucs have an adverse impact. It clearly did. The question is why? Maybe the answer has less to do with Kiffin and more to do with the team's faith in head coach Jon Gruden. ...

I asked my Facebook friends what will be the catchphrase of 2009. Here's a sampling:

"At least my badge still works."

"Brother can you spare a venti caramel macchiato?"

"Nice abs, Mr. President."

"I thought Obama was going to fix this."

My pick: "At least I got a job." ...

That's all I'm saying

An issue St. Petersburg mayor hopeful can't duck 01/04/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 1:31pm]

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