Saturday, January 20, 2018
Opinion

St. Petersburg leaders must keep eye on Lens construction to prove critics wrong

The St. Petersburg City Council made the right call by not putting a referendum about the Pier on the November ballot, but that decision is just another step in the process.

The council must continue to provide the necessary due diligence to ensure this $50 million design fulfills its promise as an iconic jewel. Every development in the project must be checked, every change must be examined.

The message from those calling for the referendum was clear: The existing Pier can be repaired, we don't like the current design and, frankly, we don't trust you to get this right. Council members must prove them wrong. Leaders have to lead. It's why they were elected. …

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster needs to lead on the Tampa Bay Rays stadium issue. If he believes the best hope for a new stadium is in Pinellas County, sit down with the Rays and Hillsborough County folks and have a reasonable conversation. If he doesn't take a more active role, the stadium issue will roll by him like a semitrailer truck on a two-lane road. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Stop Using My Name To Justify Your Bad Decisions. — God. …

Tia's Tex Mex, 1414 W Brandon Blvd., teams with PAWS of Hillsborough County for a fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. today. It will offer BOGO fajitas, and tips from the bar and patio go to PAWS, which provides shelter, medical care and adoption of abandoned animals. …

For me, the Olympics not only have provided a great spectacle but have brought my family together. Sure, I've been excited about the new Good Luck Charlie, but it's been a while since a single broadcast truly held our collective interest.

That's all I'm saying.

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