Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

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 hpwatampa.org 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.

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St. Pete says waste spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says waste spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

BRANDON – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen had not traveled to Tampa as of Friday afternoon, according to coach John Hynes, and his availability for Game 5 Saturday against the Lightning is in doubt.Hynes, however, did not rule out Vatan...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers are searching for a 20-year-old woman who they believe to be missing and who could be in danger.Kayla Brandi Boone was last seen at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Street S, according to St. Petersburg pol...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

Woman says Hernando County commissioner kept her as a ‘sex slave’

SPRING HILL — A woman who answered the door Friday at the home of Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson said she served for months as a “sex slave” to the elected official. Valerie Surette, who called herself a 30-year-old st...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Deputies: 19-month-old child found in New Port Richey pond has died

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 19-month-old child that was found in a pond on Thursday afternoon has died, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The incident took place at about 12:31 p.m. Deputies and firefighters were called out to a home in the 47...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Racing schedules for 2018-19 parimutuel seasons released

OLDSMAR — Eight is not enough at Tampa Bay Downs, at least when the thoroughbred racing facility on Race Track Road opens its 93rd season July 1.The final card of what will be the Downs' sixth annual two-day Summer Festival of Racing will featu...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

SAINT PETERSBURG — When describing the loss of defender David Najem, Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell and the player who will replace Najem chose the same word.Gutted.That settled over the Rowdies last weekend, one that was bad enough based o...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

Official: Shotgun in guitar case was used in school shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE — A gunman who carried a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire Friday in a Florida high school, wounding one student before he was arrested on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said. It...
Updated: 2 hours ago