Thursday, April 26, 2018
Opinion

Blake High students schmooze with the president

U.S Rep. Kathy Castor called it serendipitous.

Blake High School officials had asked her to speak to students in their Maritime and Marine Science Academy, but as fate would have it, she didn't address the group until last week. She asked the students whether they knew who would be at the Port of Tampa on Friday, and when she said President Barack Obama, they didn't just take note, they asked to join her at the event.

Castor made it happen, the students got a thrill and the Propeller Club and the Helios Foundation's backing of the maritime program paid early dividends. …

Gov. Rick Scott gave the president a Rays cap Friday, but he didn't hug him. So I guess Scott's political future remains intact. …

Seen on a T-shirt: I Don't Make Mistakes, I Date Them. …

Count me among the "Bridge Believers," those who want to save the Friendship Trail Bridge. The old Gandy Bridge span needs to be strong enough for runners and cyclists, not dump trucks. …

Daytime fans know Victoria Rowell from The Young and the Restless, but she's also a former foster child and bestselling author of The Women Who Raised Me. Rowell delivers the keynote at Friday's Child Abuse Awareness Luncheon for Joshua House. Call (813) 263-3469. …

Kudos to everyone, including jazz man Alan Darcy, who made Splash of Jazz at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium a success Saturday for RCS Grace House. The venue worked great. …

Armwood High students voted senior Sean Gavitt prom king Saturday. It's a nice honor for "Big Sean," who has admirably conducted himself since his father died last year. When kids impress, let them know.

That's all I'm saying.

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