Hooper: Being mayor might be a bit easier for some than others

Published April 2 2017
Updated April 3 2017

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will field questions at today's Florida Economic Forum at Bryan Glazer Family JCC. Clearly, it'll be a bit easier for Buckhorn. He has already earned his second term. No word on whether Rick Baker plans to attend. . . .

Of course, neither Buckhorn nor Kriseman have the unenviable task of being the mayor of Clearwater. In a high-stakes game, George Cretekos must balance Scientology's development plans with what's best for the city. The church holds all the cards and David Miscavige may be dealing from under the deck.

Still, the city deserves a vibrant downtown and the responsibility lies more with Scientology than Cretekos. . . .

Seen on a T-shirt: Better to be a lion for a day than a lamb for eternity. . . .

Spent a few days in my native Tallahassee and the city is buzzing about more than Scott vs. Corcoran. The three-day Word of South Festival kicks off Friday, celebrating the connection between music and literature with writers such as Tim Dorsey and Kathleen Parker and singers like Lisa Loeb and Joan Osborne.

Sounds like it's worth the trip. On the drive up, you can check out the "taj ma-stalls" at the Busy Bee in Live Oak (I-10, Exit 283), world's best truck stop. . . .

Kudos to my childhood friend and Hawaiian singing star Michael Cobb, who last week earned a place in the hall of fame of our alma mater, Amos P. Godby High School. There are five of us who have sustained a friendship through five decades, and the bond is as strong today as when we came of age with the help of Heatwave. Always and Forever, my brothers.

That's all I'm saying.

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