Sunday, November 18, 2018

Pinellas

Daniel Ruth: To build or not to build a St. Petersburg pier

It's not very often a place like St. Petersburg gets an opportunity to ask itself a simple but very profound question.What truly defines a city's identity?Paris, of course, has its Eiffel Tower. London has Buckingham Palace. Or perhaps Trafalgar Squa...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Great moments in public administration

And now another exciting episode of "Great Moments In Public Administration," brought to you by our sponsor, Roto-Rooter.The action begins with our hero, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, walking the moors of the city when he is interrupted by his ...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Imagining a Trump for St. Petersburg's Pier

If everyone will gather together, we can begin our tour of St. Petersburg's long-awaited Trump Pier. As you can see, it is the greatest, most exciting and obviously huuuuuuugest pier in the history of piers. We think you'll be particularly impressed ...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Another campaign promise bites the dust in Clearwater

This doomed exercise in democracy probably falls into category of no good deed goes unignored.It was with the best of intentions that Clearwater City Council member Bob Cundiff ran for office promising he would be more accessible to the public than a...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Don't blame former mayors for St. Pete's sewage mess

It is not a bright idea for a mayor to blame his predecessors for a massive sewage spill long after they have left office. To paraphrase Harry Truman: the sludge stops here — right on top of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's desk.Memo to Kri...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Spending money to fix sewers isn't sexy

Think of this as the public administration equivalent of ignoring the "Check Engine" light on your car even while the jalopy sputters and wheezes and spews black smoke from the tailpipe. At least it's still running. And you would rather spend your mo...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Florida Senate 19 results show every vote counts

It is one of the oldest, most shopworn axioms in political life: Every vote counts. You may now yawn.If you have any doubts about the power of a single vote, just ask President Al Gore. Or perhaps not.But as we learned from Florida's primary election...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Common sense could have spared Pinellas palms

You might want to think of this as the Pinellas County Public Works Department version of that WKRP in Cincinnati episode where for Thanksgiving, the hapless radio station general manager dropped live turkeys out of a helicopter over a packed shoppin...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: Fighting poverty with flowers for Democrats

Jerry Lewis will be along to sing "You'll Never Grift Alone" in a few minutes. But in the meantime, won't you pick up the phone now and make a contribution to assist those poor, pathetic beleaguered souls who barely have two bus tokens to rub togethe...
Updated: 2 years ago

Daniel Ruth: New Rays stadium needs good team

As a marketing campaign, the Tampa Bay Rays' creation of a website to seek input from residents about what they want to see in a new stadium (ballparkremimagined.com), is a promotional stroke of genius. Alas, it would seem Rays fans — up to thi...
Updated: 2 years ago