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Taxpayer subsidies shouldn't underpin St. Petersburg's new Pier

The aesthetic details and potential costs of the new Pier design in St. Petersburg continue to command most of the attention, and rightfully so.

But another salient point shouldn't be overlooked. The architects of the approved design promise to eliminate all city subsidies for at least 10 years.

St. Petersburg architect Lisa Wannemacher notes that the design of the Lens, with less retail space and most of the design on the upland side (not over water) should eliminate maintenance costs and the expense of subsidizing retailers. The city has spent more than $1.4 million annually for more than 15 years on the Pier.

Eliminating that subsidy should be one of the goals. …

Glen Gilzean's gubernatorial appointment to the Pinellas County School Board bears watching. Gilzean strikes me as a guy who cares about kids, but his advocacy for school vouchers is counter to the district's philosophy. Oil, meet water. …

Seen on a T-shirt: I Didn't Say It Was Your Fault, I Said I Was Going To Blame You. …

More than 1 million people have registered with Seeking Arrangement.com, which pairs up wealthy older men or women with younger men and women who tend to be college students.

They call them "sugar daddies" and "sugar mamas" and "sugar babies."

Tbt* reports that the University of South Florida leads the state with 93 students signed up with the website, and the University of Central Florida and Florida International University are also in the top 20 nationally.

The news makes me smile and wonder how this jibes with plans to raise state tuition another 15 percent.

That's all I'm saying.

Taxpayer subsidies shouldn't underpin St. Petersburg's new Pier 01/29/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 29, 2012 7:41pm]
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