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Florida casinos are fruitful, and so are Dunedin's sneaky artists

Some members of Florida's House don't want to expand gambling, while the Senate sees Seminole gaming as a way to help meet the state's challenging budget needs.

Score one for the Senate. I'm not a big gambler and I don't frequent the casinos, but the possibility of the state reaping far less money if the compact gets dissolved in a legislative dispute can't be ignored. …

It's good to see high-speed rail from Tampa to Orlando back in the mix. We threw the baby out with the bathwater by repealing the amendment in 2004. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Mean People Make Mean Little People. …

I hope they catch those people in Dunedin who have been going around painting decorative oranges on local business buildings.

They need to be properly rewarded. In an age when public art funding is being slashed, I salute the Midnight Painters' form of civil disobedience. …

A lot of Rays fans, including my WDAE-AM friend Steve Duemig, question why Joe Maddon gives so much playing time to lightly regarded Ben Zobrist. Zobrist answered that criticism with a grand slam Friday night and a two-run homer on Sunday. I too (see Percival, Troy) have questioned Maddon's genius, only to suffer a similar fate. …

Kudos to Peggy Fleming, who appears from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at WestShore Plaza to promote something you can't skate on: heart health. …

The Beach Boys perform at Moffitt Cancer Center's annual Magnolia Ball gala on Saturday, and I hope their playlist includes Sail On, Sailor. It's a lesser-known hit, but totally appropriate. Hint: It's not really about sailing.

That's all I'm saying.

Florida casinos are fruitful, and so are Dunedin's sneaky artists 04/19/09 [Last modified: Sunday, April 19, 2009 7:29pm]
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