Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Editorials

Editorial: Tampa Bay Watch a good fit for St. Petersburg Pier

After winning approval from the St. Petersburg City Council this week, Tampa Bay Watch will run a marine education center at the new downtown Pier, a smart collaboration that will enhance the pierís purpose and broaden its audience.

Tampa Bay Watch, founded in 1993, runs scientific and educational programs from its facility in Tierra Verde. Thousands of schoolchildren visit its waterfront campus every year, learning about the importance of protecting estuary habitats and keeping the oceans clean. Its programs are in high demand, and the 3,000 square feet it will lease at the Pier, including a "wet classroom" and hands-on exhibits, will allow it to further spread its message of conservation and environmental stewardship.

Tampa Bay Watch is a good fit for the Pier, whose envisioned scope has grown considerably ó perhaps too much ó to become an arts destination, tourist draw, event center, playground and restaurant hub. But preserving and protecting Tampa Bay is a natural function for the Pier, which will be situated on St. Petersburgís treasured waterfront.

Tampa Bay Watch has a steep fundraising goal to meet ó $250,000 by Aug. 1 and $825,000 overall. But the new Pier should be an educational asset that is accessible to everyone, and this would be a worthy addition.

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Editorial: Tone down the rhetoric, focus on counting votes

Editorial: Tone down the rhetoric, focus on counting votes

President Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott should stop making unfounded claims of voter fraud.
Published: 11/13/18
Editorial: Get Hillsborough transit priorities in shape

Editorial: Get Hillsborough transit priorities in shape

Hillsborough County scored a historic win this month when voters approved a one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements. The $9 billion or more it will generate over the next 30 years should transform mobility across the region and impr...
Published: 11/12/18
Editorial: Deadly danger of wrong-way driving

Editorial: Deadly danger of wrong-way driving

The state is taking action to minimize wrong-way crashes
Published: 11/11/18
Updated: 11/12/18
Editorial: Makeover on the Pinellas School Board

Editorial: Makeover on the Pinellas School Board

Three veterans depart, clearing the way for new faces
Published: 11/09/18
Updated: 11/12/18

Editorial: Count every vote

Elections have two parts: You vote, then count the vote. Floridians did their part by turning out in record numbers in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Now it falls to local election supervisors to ensure that every vote is accurately counted.
Published: 11/09/18
Updated: 11/12/18
Editorial: A progressive shift in Hillsborough

Editorial: A progressive shift in Hillsborough

Tuesday’s elections should create a more constructive climate in Hillsborough politics, easing the social wars in recent years between Democrats and Republicans that too often resulted in polarizing urban and suburban constituencies.
Published: 11/09/18
Editorial: A smart plan for helping mom-and-pops

Editorial: A smart plan for helping mom-and-pops

St. Petersburg would limit the size of storefronts on two commercial corridors
Published: 11/09/18

Editorial: Good houseguests

A donation of furniture to schools shows how thoughtful little things can make a big difference
Published: 11/09/18

Friday’s letters: Making sense of the midterms

Friday’s letters to the editor
Published: 11/09/18
A New York Times editorial: A patriot returns

A New York Times editorial: A patriot returns

His sacrifice is why we vote
Published: 11/08/18