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High-speed ferry proposal raises commuters' hopes

The concept of a high-speed ferry transporting SouthShore residents to MacDill Air Force Base — and eventually taking folks across the bay from Hillsborough to Pinellas — excites me and a lot of other people.

And the Hillsborough County Commission may move a step closer to making the ferry a reality. The board is expected to vote on an interim public-private partnership agreement during its Wednesday meeting and hear plans for a terminal and accessible waterfront park in the SouthShore area. Commissioner Sandra Murman expressed optimism about the proposal at last week's SouthShore Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.

But for now, we have to remind ourselves — it's just a concept. A lot of great ideas around here haven't reached fruition. …

The Toronto Blue Jays will meet with Dunedin officials, now that their deal to get a new spring training home in Palm Beach Gardens appears dead. Dunedin shouldn't get cocky, but I wouldn't blame them if they walked in singing Kool Moe Dee's How Ya Like Me Now. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Orwell's 1984 Was A Warning, Not A Manual. …

Can you fill your entire freezer with Thin Mint cookies? Well, Friday and Saturday is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and everyone who likes the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida's Facebook page (facebook.com/GirlScoutsWCF) this weekend will have a chance to win a year's supply of Girl Scout cookies: 365 boxes. …

From its savory mac and cheese and cool sandwiches to its overall hip vibe, the Bricks of Ybor may be the district's best-kept secret. Good times for sure.

That's all I'm saying.

High-speed ferry proposal raises commuters' hopes 02/02/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 2, 2014 6:57pm]
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