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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. ltalumni.org 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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  1. U.S. Pacific commander: Remains of sailors found on USS John McCain

    Military

    SINGAPORE — The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet says a number of remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing.

    The damaged port aft hull of USS John S. McCain, left, is seen while docked next to USS America at Singapore's Changi naval base on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 in Singapore. The focus of the search for 10 U.S. sailors missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters shifted Tuesday to the damaged destroyer's flooded compartments. [Associated Press]
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    Blogs

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  3. Epilogue: Martin Giles a man of few, but strong, words for WFLA-AM 970

    Obituaries

    As the story goes, his higher-ups at the Misawa Air Base in Japan were clear with their edict to Martin Giles: It was only the mid-1950s, not far enough away from World War II for the Japanese to be trusted.

    Martin Giles, a longtime radio news anchor for WFLA-AM 970, died last week at the age of 80.
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    Weather

    Tampa Bay residents can expect a calm, rain-free start to Tuesday before showers arrive in the evening.

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