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Simple wooden pier would flatten St. Petersburg's profile

In 2004, then-Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella urged his team to a Stanley Cup championship with a simple mantra: Safe is death.

An assessment of the latest Pier proposal from St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster reminds me of the Lightning's success. As Tampa Bay Times staff writer Mark Puente reported Friday, Foster wants to give voters three options in case a referendum halts the proposed Lens in the August election, including the choice of building "a flat wooden fishing pier with only basic amenities."

Options are good, but if we went from the dynamic vision of the Lens to a simple pier, it would represent one of the saddest chapters in the history of Tampa Bay's development. If the Lens gets rejected, city officials need to swallow hard and return to the task of creating a bold signature piece for the city.

Greatness can't be achieved without risks. Safe is death. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: My wife is a great housekeeper. She kept the house. …

Ginger Gadsden has announced she will depart WTSP-Ch. 10 at the end of her contract in June after seven years as the morning co-anchor. I understand her desire to have normal hours — I wouldn't have lasted a year getting up at 2 a.m. — but I will miss seeing my friend every morning. …

The Hispanic Professional Women's Association celebrates the Golden Latina Awards Friday night at the DoubleTree Westshore. The gala, which starts at 6:30 p.m., raises money for scholarships. Go to for information. …

As summer arrives, Tampa's Riverwalk desperately needs a frozen yogurt vendor.

I recommend Menchie's menagerie of flavors. Have a smiley day.

That's all I'm saying.

Simple wooden pier would flatten St. Petersburg's profile 05/26/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:39pm]
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