Last May, I stood at Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg and outlined our process to build a new pier. I was joined by City Council members, community leaders, members of our citizen-led pier working group and numerous residents who were involved in the initial pier process.
There's something very dangerous happening in states across the country.
With Tax Day just over two weeks away (ha, ha, happy Tuesday morning!), it seems like an appropriate time to entertain a common non-Tax-Day-specific gripe: Government is expensive and big and pays for things I don't want. Very good; complaining about taxes and the size of government is timeless, if recently very much in …
You could make a pretty good case that there are more gags about lawyers than almost any other profession. Try this experiment. Here's the punch line; you fill in the joke: Stephen Diaco, Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut. Cue the laugh track. See how easy that was?
For many decades during the middle 20th century, virtually all state governments told their congressional delegations to let them, rather than the federal government, manage water quality within their borders.
If you were one of the more than 4 million Floridians who voted for Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment to the Florida Constitution, you probably thought the Legislature would carry out the will of the people. You probably thought legislators would hear the loud and clear message that our water and …
If you're confused about whether a nuclear deal with Iran would be good for America — or for Israel — join the club. The club, that is, of folks who are debating the benefits of a deal versus the costs.
I worked as a pilot for about 10 years before going back to school to become an architect. There are a few oddballs I can remember flying with, but mostly we're just talking quirks and eccentricities. Never did I fear a colleague intended to kill himself, or everyone onboard.
The Perdido River sweeps us between white sand shoals and steep forested banks as it winds out of longleaf pine uplands down toward the Gulf of Mexico. The waterway is alive; the river's current thrums beneath us, and the chatter of newly arrived songbirds reverberates from the trees.
For most of his presidential campaign and much of his presidency, President Barack Obama endured erroneous claims that he was born in Kenya rather than the United States. He released the short form of his birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii. Then the long form. The conspiracists quieted down but did not go …
There is a very real chance that the presidential election in 2016 will pit Jeb Bush against Hillary Clinton. According to oddsmakers, this is the likeliest outcome.
“Neil Armstrong's widow finds artifacts from moonwalk in a closet" read a recent headline on CNN.com. Seeing the story brought me back to the day just over two years ago when a 26-foot moving truck pulled up in front of my house. My mom had called to warn me of the truck's imminent arrival; nonetheless, I was …
Last summer, Monica Lewinsky made a big splash by writing an article for Vanity Fair that denounced the "culture of humiliation" she so famously endured — and which she fears is only getting worse because "the Internet has seismically shifted the tone of our interactions."
China used more cement between 2011 and 2013 than the United States used in the entire 20th century.
The ghost of systems past is haunting children's health care in Florida. Between Florida's system of Medicaid Managed Care and the nature of health plans offered on the Obamacare federal marketplace, kids are once again regarded as afterthoughts in health care.
We're nearly halfway through the legislative session and the Florida House and Senate are releasing their respective budget plans. Many important budget issues are still in flux.
This what happens when well-intentioned good faith collides headlong into St. Petersburg's Snell Isle/Old Northeast rump government.
Well, it's official. The Elmer Gantry of the Republican Party has announced he is willing to walk away from his 20-minute legislative career in the U.S. Senate to pursue the presidency.
Beer. For more than 20 years, my family and I have brewed it, cooked with it and served it to thousands of happy customers in Tampa Bay and other selected areas of the United States.
University of Tampa professor Jennifer Whelihan allowed me to serve on a panel of journalism professionals who addressed her media writing class Tuesday night.