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Three things I learned at St. Petersburg's oil spill forum

Three things I learned at Tuesday night's gulf oil spill community forum in St. Petersburg.

Alaska officials told Visit St. Pete/Clearwater executive director D.T. Minich it took five years of advertising to help that state recover from the impact the Exxon Valdez accident had on that state's tourism image, even though that spill didn't occur in a major tourist destination. ...

BP's Deepwater Horizon floating oil rig should have had 20 to 24 stabilizing motors, but had only four, according to geophysical engineer Dan Berard. ...

The region is safe from the spill for now, but USF oceanographer Chuanmin Hu said oil may soon reach the Cuban coast. ...

Hillsborough commissioners fired administrator Pat Bean for cause Wednesday — 'cause she never seemed to grasp that taxpayers didn't want her to get a pay raise while other county workers lost their jobs. ...

Seen on a T-shirt: Don't Die Wandering. ...

Kudos to Ernest Coney, who was honored last week for his work in making Tampa's Central City YMCA a reality. ...

Memo to soccer haters: Just be quiet and let those of us who like the sport enjoy the World Cup. ...

The 100 Black Men of Tampa celebrate Juneteenth by honoring fathers Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Blaise Alfano Center. Go to for more information. ...

I'm told Gov. Charlie Crist is reluctant to call a special session to craft a constitutional amendment banning oil drilling in state waters because he doesn't have the votes in the state House.

I say call it anyway. The "nays" will tell me who to vote against in November.

That's all I'm saying.

Three things I learned at St. Petersburg's oil spill forum 06/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:38pm]
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