Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gov. Rick Scott tells the nation how to govern

Gov. Rick Scott spends a month in elected office and he's already telling President Barack Obama and Congress how to govern. Wow.

We don't know the details of the state budget he will present today in Eustis, but we know one certainty: Rick Scott will love Rick Scott's budget. …

Kudos to GOP chairman Reince Priebus for cleaning house with the Republican National Convention staff and starting over. It's astounding that one of the former staffers planning an event that will largely take place in Tampa thought it wise to rent a 3,200-square-foot home in Treasure Island. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Carpe Chocolatum.

Prediction: the Yacht StarShip's deep-fried gulf shrimp and cheese-stuffed po'boy will be the food buzz of the Florida State Fair this year. …

The new Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa on Clearwater Beach could have celebrated its one-year anniversary last week with one of those grand parties full of shrimp cocktails and that already-famous crab cake from its Shore Restaurant, but instead it opted to donate $15,000 to the Homeless Emergency Project.

Now that's something really worth celebrating. …

After the insufferable weather all week in Dallas, I wonder how NFL pooh-bahs feel about bypassing Tampa Bay for the 2014 Super Bowl. With Indianapolis and New York among the cities hosting future bowls, our sunny paradise looks even better. …

Friends found me guilty of TUI Friday night. Yes, I texted under the influence. Next time, I won't just arrange for a ride home. I'm getting a designated texter.

That's all I'm saying.

Gov. Rick Scott tells the nation how to govern 02/06/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 6, 2011 5:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Paul Rodgers replacing ZZ Top on Ribfest 2017 lineup


    In looking to replace the ailing ZZ Top, Ribfest found some good company in Bad Company.

    Paul Rodgers
  2. Some teachers allege 'hostile and racially charged' workplace at Pinellas Park Middle


    PINELLAS PARK — Two black teachers at Pinellas Park Middle have requested transfers out of the school, alleging the work environment there has become "hostile and racially charged."

    Pinellas Park Middle School at 6940 70th Ave N, where some black teachers have alleged they were treated with hostility by colleagues after starting a tutoring program for black students. Just 22 percent of black students were proficient in English language arts in last spring's state tests. Two black teachers have asked to be transfered, according to a letter from two local chapters of the NAACP. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

  3. Editorial: The unknown price tags in the mayor's race


    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has been busy promoting all sorts initiatives in the months leading up to the Nov. 7 election, doubling down on his progressive agenda without spending much money or generating much controversy. But make no mistake, the cost will come due after the election. Without a change in …

    The mayor is determined to get artist Janet Echelman to create a sculpture for the new Pier. But the cost would be much higher than what is allocated. Above is Echelman’s As If It Were Already Here in Boston.
  4. Massachusetts firm buys Tampa's Element apartment tower

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Downtown Tampa's Element apartment tower sold this week to a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company that plans to upgrade the skyscraper's amenities and operate it long-term as a rental community.

    The Element apartment high-rise at 808 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa has been sold to a Northland Investment Corp., a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company. JIM DAMASKE  |  Times
  5. Judge won't cut prison term of man who pleads obesity


    TAMPA — A claim of obesity won't shave time off a Tampa man's prison sentence.

    Duane Crithfield and Stephen Donaldson Sr. were sentenced to prison after marketing a fraudulent offshore tax strategy known as a "Business Protection Plan" to medical practices, offering doctors and others coverage against unlikely events such as a kidnapping.