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Focus should shift from imperiling Lens to improving

I wish the leaders behind the Stop the Lens movement would rebrand the effort Fix the Lens.

Enhancing the initial design could help move the project forward and replace the aging, crumbling Pier structure. And kudos to Richard Gonzmart for committing to a new Columbia restaurant at the Lens.

Demanding the city go back to the drawing board wastes money and could drive costs higher.

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg has put renderings of the new proposal on display in the lobby of the University Student Center. Give it a look, with a focus on improving instead of imperiling. …

A lot of people don't believe that Gov. Rick Scott's "change of heart" on education and Obamacare can reverse his low-approval rating. Others say he's turning off the conservative base. But can he lose if Democrats fail to field a viable challenger? …

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivers the keynote speech Friday at United Way Suncoast's first Bridges Leadership Power Luncheon at the Tampa Club. Call (813) 274-0944 to register. …

I wonder if Buckhorn and other local leaders will start talking about what the federal government's sequester cuts could mean to Tampa Bay. Here's a hint: It's not good and it goes beyond the military. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: If Only Closed Minds Came With Closed Mouths. …

Artist Carolyn Heller was one of the first people to befriend me when I became a columnist 12 years ago. I still have fond memories of her Alabama accent and homemade gumbo. Known for her works featuring vivid colors, Heller died in 2011, but an exhibit of her work opens Friday at the Tampa Museum of Art. I'll have to wear my Carolyn Heller-designed white tie when I check it out.

That's all I'm saying.

Focus should shift from imperiling Lens to improving 02/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 6:25pm]

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