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Tampa needs flood insurance solutions, not billboards

I'm not sure what federal administrator approved putting up billboards around Tampa Bay that encourage people to get flood insurance, but they're tone deaf and politically unwise.

With many facing exorbitant price hikes for flood insurance because of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, the billboards — you can see one on Ulmerton Road — add insult to injury.

I keep waiting for President Barack Obama, the ultimate head of FEMA, to help mitigate the problem. He can curry favor for the state's midterm elections. …

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell praised Derrick Brooks and his work at Brooks DeBartolo Academy during a 2009 visit to Tampa for the Super Bowl.

Now, five years later, Goodell backs those words with a return visit to serve as the keynote speaker for the school's April 25 "Champions' Breakfast." The event kicks off a capital campaign to build an on-campus athletic complex. For info, visit …

Seen on a bumper sticker: If I Didn't Have Sarcasm, I Would Need Bail Money. …

The White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault welcomed Tampa Bay advocates Becca Tieder and Kelly Addington on Friday. The co-founders of One Student, a nonprofit that engages college students on the subject, said it was clear the West Wing is tackling this issue head on. …

Kudos to singer and talk show host Queen Latifah, who surprised guest and Wheels Of Success Tampa Bay executive director Susan Jacobs by having 16 audience members donate cars to Jacobs' nonprofit during Friday's episode. To see the touching, tearful moment, go to

That's all I'm saying.

Tampa needs flood insurance solutions, not billboards 02/23/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:24pm]
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