Don't forget to savor the glass that's half full

Some downtown St. Petersburg business owners are lamenting the Rays' success as an impediment, but it's really an opportunity.

Yes, some fans are taking up parking and turning away non-baseball patrons looking for a night out. With some ingenuity, however, you can introduce your business to new folks. Offer incentives to come early. Invite them back after the Series. The glass is half full. …

I'm glad Kevin White challenged Hillsborough elections officials to improve conditions at two early-voting sites in Tampa's urban areas. It's the kind of advocacy the county commissioner should embrace more often. ...

The state ethics commission has cleared Pinellas Property Appraiser Jim Smith of wrongdoing for persuading the county to pay him four times the assessed value for his private property. Which raises a question: Exactly what do you have to do these days to get in trouble for questionable ethics?

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Lacrosse Mom Can Beat Up Your Soccer Mom. …

Kudos to the Katie Froeschle Foundation, which raised $35,000 at its annual golf tournament in Tarpon Springs last week. Insurance companies, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters and family well-wishers came out in memory of Froeschle, an insurance adjuster who was murdered in 2004. …

Trendy bars Fly, Taps and Malio's have added sparks to downtown Tampa. Starting today, the Hyatt Regency will have live jazz and 2-for-1 drink specials every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Tampa can't match St. Petersburg's downtown, but I'm starting to sense new life in the district.

That's all I'm saying.

Don't forget to savor the glass that's half full 10/22/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:48pm]

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