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'Visit Tampa Bay' would deliver tourism message

Published May 13, 2012

The Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau last week changed its name to Visit Sarasota County, which makes me wonder if new Tampa Bay & Co. executive director Kelly Miller will institute his own change.

That agency switched from the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau to Tampa Bay & Co. in 2007, but I'm not sure the new name ever delivered the sense of economic development sought by the bureau. Despite its good work, the name inspires visions of an old sitcom or a talk show.

Visit Tampa Bay may not seem bold, but it doesn't lead to confusion. Besides, the bureau's website address has remained www.visittampabay.com.

Who knows? Maybe some day that site will represent both sides of the bay. …

Three words to avoid if you work for a government agency: retreat at spa. The folks running the Pinellas Head Start program should have known better. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Silence Is Golden, Duct Tape Is Silver. …

I have loved football for as long as I can remember, but these days I worry that 100 years from now society will view football fans with the same scorn we have for the bloodthirsty Romans who cheered gladiators.

The game is not that brutal, but the toll it's taking on players becomes more difficult to reconcile as they become bigger, faster, stronger — and more lethal. …

Kudos to Bob Samuels, who received the Priscilla Mack Survivorship Award at Saturday's Miles for Moffitt race. His personal fight against cancer and effort to help others as founder of the Florida Prostate Cancer Network earned the recognition. It's well-deserved praise for a man who continues to inspire.

That's all I'm saying.