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Whoa, let's not be too hasty to tear down the St. Petersburg Pier

Destroying the Pier just seems too simple a solution.

Sure, the bottom-line results make it a viable proposal in this economy, but I'm pretty sure with that decision, hindsight will yield only regret.

A lot of reader ideas seemed worthy of exploring, like making the Pier a water taxi point for cross-bay travel. I say turn over every stone before we turn off the lights at the landmark facility. …

Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita said her tense exchange with fellow Commissioner Mark Sharpe about transportation last week was not to add ego and personality to the light rail debate, but to avert it.

Ferlita questioned the flow of information from various light rail meetings because she doesn't want the county to end up pitted against the city. She says she's not opposed to a multimodal plan.

The whole incident underscores the need to calmly move forward with every decisionmaker in the loop. Healthy debate? Yes, but don't let rail be derailed by political sniping.

Call me if we need to gather everyone and sing Kumbaya. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Love > Fear. …

I'm interviewing state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink before a live audience this week, and the discussion is sure to enlighten. Check out Leadership Tampa Alumni's Conversations With Influence at 5 p.m. Thursday, Tampa Theatre. Go to www. for information. …

Here's a perfect chance to see the new Tampa Bay History Center. Andrea's Sip for Life, a benefit for the Pediatric Sarcoma Fund at Moffitt Cancer Center, will be Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Columbia Restaurant-sponsored event are $100. Who can resist a great cause and venue?

That's all I'm saying.

Whoa, let's not be too hasty to tear down the St. Petersburg Pier 03/01/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 2, 2009 8:21am]
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