Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Opponents of Pier replacement gamble on election

Concerned Citizens of St. Petersburg will look to leverage the cost of a potential special election when it meets with city officials at an April 18 workshop about the Pier.

Here's the pitch: If the group gets enough signatures to force an initiative, the city would have to conduct that election within 90 days of the submission. A special election would run the city (and taxpayers) $250,000.

Concerned Citizens member Gene Smith said the organization is willing to time the submission so that the Aug. 27 primary election would fall within the 90-day window, thus saving the expense of an added election.

However, it's willing to do that only if the city suspends scheduled payments to the firm that designed the Lens.

With each payment, it grows more difficult to scuttle the project and kiss those funds goodbye. It's a poker match, and I'm not sure who will blink first. …

Seen on a T-shirt: You pay peanuts, you get monkeys. …

Tracie Domino and Ann Sells Miller founded a group last year that is novel and simple. The 100 Women of Tampa Bay each chipped in $100, fielded proposals from nonprofits and chose Suncoast Voices for Children to get a $10,000 donation. No extra meetings, no stringent membership requirements.

"We founded the group as a way to prove that by pooling our small individual donations we could be incredibly impactful in our community," Domino said. …

I would complain about House Speaker Will Weatherford's desire to raise tuition at state colleges, again, but it's on the kids. My sons — and every other student — should be marching on the state capital.

We can't do it for you.

That's all I'm saying.

Opponents of Pier replacement gamble on election 03/31/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 31, 2013 7:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Yale dean on leave over offensive Yelp reviews leaves post

    Bizarre News

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Yale University dean who was placed on leave over offensive reviews she posted on Yelp has left her position at the Ivy League institution, school officials said Tuesday.

  2. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

    Tourism

    Associated Press

    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
  3. The people you meet along O.J. Howard Lane

    Bucs

    AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala. —The screen door hangs open to Laura's Country Kitchen but the dining room is empty with no one to feed.

    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.
  4. St. Pete Pride schedule and live blog

    Special Topics

    St. Pete Pride Block Party and Night Parade: St. Pete Pride's popular parade moves to downtown St. Petersburg's scenic waterfront. The block party brings DJs, food and drinks starting at 2 p.m. The parade steps off at Fifth Ave NE and Bayshore at 7 p.m. with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 2 p.m., North Straub Park, Fifth Avenue …

    A local business rings in Pride 2017 with some window decorations.