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Gov. Rick Scott should help Sarasota County land Jackson Labs deal

Tampa Bay needs Gov. Rick Scott to pull on his cowboy boots and come to the rescue.

Sarasota County's $300 million, incentive-laden bid to land Jackson Laboratories in a biomedical partnership with the University of South Florida hit a snag last week, reportedly because it hasn't been given a solid presentation to the Legislature, which needs to provide $100 million of the incentive funds.

It's an eye-popping price tag, but it could be a real jobs boost and it would be a shame if the lab ended up in Texas or Utah. Sounds like a mission for the "jobs governor" to me. …

I wonder what the teacher-tenure bill would be like if Gov. Scott and every legislator spent a day teaching a full block of classes.

Yes, accountability is important, but I'm just not sure the people voting on the changes understand how much we already ask of educators. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I'm Already Against The Next War. …

As the Rays approach opening day, I long for a season full of wins and devoid of attendance complaints. It would be nice for the team to break turnstile records, but if that doesn't materialize, let's just focus on the field instead of the stands. …

The Clark Sisters, gospel royalty, head an impressive lineup for the third annual Dorinda Clark Cole Regional Singers and Musicians Conference Friday through Sunday at Tampa's Center for Manifestation, 3102 E Lake Ave.

The conference features workshops, nightly services and a new artist showcase. For more info, go to omjeventplanning.com. …

As Jersey Boys shows at the Straz, I shudder because someday the marquee could say Jersey Shore: The Musical.

That's all I'm saying.

Gov. Rick Scott should help Sarasota County land Jackson Labs deal 03/27/11 [Last modified: Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:05pm]
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