"I bet if you went outside Centro Ybor today and asked 100 people if they know Sacco and Vanzetti, more would know Gucci and Armani."
_ USF history professor Gary Mormino on the Ybor City connection to the celebrated case of Sacco & Vanzetti, anarchists executed for murder in the 1920s. Ybor City was a hotbed of radicals then and closely followed the case, which has been turned into an opera that premiered Friday at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.
"Why don't you fix holes? Because there will always be a hole in someone's front yard. But Tampa can have more well-rounded people."
_ Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, defending his plan to spend $30-million on a new arts museum in downtown Tampa to lure high-tech companies. Some neighborhood activists want the money spent on more basic improvements.
"It is one nice tennis court, let me tell you."
_ City zoning coordinator Gloria Moreda on a private tennis court _ 130 feet long and 70 feet wide _ built on three lots in a residential neighborhood in South Tampa. Neighbors have circulated a petition to block the project, fearing noise and the flood of lights from the eight towers built around it.
"People running these kinds of scams need to be put away."
_ Wayne Bayard of New Iberia, La., who put $48,500 into an investment set up by a Tampa church called Greater Ministries International that a federal jury concluded was a Ponzi scheme. Five church officials were convicted of fraud las week. The scam took in $448-million from 1993 to 1999 and defrauded more than 18,000 people.
"I don't know why the industry hasn't outlawed the use of that material."
_ Tampa Parks Director Ross Ferlita on arsenic used in pressurized lumber. Last week, Ferlita indefinitely closed two playgrounds at Al Lopez Park until he can decide what to do about arsenic that has leached into the soil. A company hired by the St. Petersburg Times found elevated levels of arsenic.