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Heading a transit agency can be dangerous for your career

First, Tampa International Airport chief Louis Miller resigned amid controversy last year, then the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit board ousted chief David Armijo in April.

Now, Tampa's port director, Richard Wainio, has come under fire. When the Port Authority board meets Tuesday, it likely will discuss a "vote of no confidence" Wainio received from the Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association last week.

We may not be headed toward a transportation trifecta of change, but it's clear that guiding such major agencies comes with a near-guarantee that you will create enemies along the way.

It's best to guard against negativity by staying grounded. If you're in authority, give yourself a leadership sobriety test, because when they say absolute power corrupts absolutely, maybe they're talking about Absolut vodka. …

The Morgan & Morgan commercials featuring former Gov. Charlie Crist effectively tout the law firm's "For the People" brand, but they also showcase Crist's populist appeal. His political future is far from dim. …

Seen on a T-shirt: Vote Or Perish. …

The East Tampa Business & Civic Association hosts a town hall meeting with Mayor Bob Buckhorn Thursday at 6 p.m. at Ragan Park Community Center, 1200 East Lake Ave. …

Folks in Gulfport are pushing fans to go to bestoftheroad.com as it vies to win the USA Today/Rand McNally national contest. After all, a win for Gulfport is a win for Tampa Bay. …

Does anyone know how I can get TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras banned from cable? Other than serving as comic fodder for Tom Hanks and Jimmy Kimmel, it's a sad, sad display.

That's all I'm saying.

Heading a transit agency can be dangerous for your career 07/17/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 17, 2011 6:53pm]
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