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Hooper: Can public pier debate be creative and practical?

The list of ideas grows again for the St. Petersburg pier as the city seeks public input for the fourth time.

We'll see all kinds of intriguing ideas before it's said and done, but practicality can't be ignored.

The city must ensure this doesn't become a project that becomes a drain on taxpayers. Remember, that's how we got here. That should mean less retail, easy access and a sound structure that won't require high-priced maintenance.

WMNF-FM 88.5 let general manager Sydney White go Friday, but I was struck by the station's unvarnished coverage of the dismissal. They gave White a platform to express his unflattering thoughts about the station. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: The More Men I Meet, The More I Love My Dog. …

Vickie Chachere, director, special projects for University of South Florida communications and marketing, has co-authored Jex Malone under the pen name V.C. Stanley. The book is billed as Nancy Drew for a new generation and it is already receiving raves. Chachere will have a book signing at 2 p.m. July 12 in the Temple Terrace Library. …

St. Petersburg gospel group Chosen has earned a national appearance on Bobby Jones Presents, 4 p.m. Tuesday on the Impact Network. …

Can a dad be a wing man for his college-age son?

Out to dinner, my friend learned that the server knew his son from high school. So he tried to spark conversation, but the would-be matchmaker only managed to make his son upset.

Maybe parents can't play the dating game for their kids, but the kids should realize moms and dads bring wisdom. And we do mean well.

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Can public pier debate be creative and practical? 06/22/14 [Last modified: Monday, June 23, 2014 2:09pm]

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