Call Them What They Really Are: “The Reform Generation”

  By Jim Bleyer The generation, born from 2000 to the present, is known by sociologists as “The New Silents” or “Gen Z.” Thoughtless. Insulting, Inaccurate. This is the generation that has challenged pay-for-play politicians, confronted their socially unconscious elders, and sparked a mini-revolution.  Media coverage of its activism over …

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These Heartless Cowards Will Ask for Your Vote

                  By Jim Bleyer Two Tampa legislators and Gov. Rick Scott, all with undistinguished records of public service, this week gave voters more reasons to support their opponents in 2018. State Reps. Jackie Toledo and Shawn Harrison along with the governor cratered to …

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Alex Harris Inspires Tampa Bay Youth through the Arts

  By Jim Bleyer Alex Harris always was moved to create.  As a kid with seven siblings in rural Georgia, he parlayed buckets, pie pans, and pine tree branches into his first drum kit. Now he wants to inspire others. He’s succeeding.  His Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT) in St. …

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Straz: Wrong leader for Tampa in 2019; 1959 maybe

    By Jim Bleyer “I have much respect for your father. But your father, his thinking is old-fashioned.“ That’s how Virgil Sollozzo described Vito Corleone to his son Michael in The Godfather. Sollozzo could just as well have been talking about David Straz as much as the iconic film’s …

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Shady Vinik-Sundome Deal Hardly “Preeminent”

  By Jim Bleyer When the University of South Florida announced in May that management of its Sun Dome arena would be overseen by a Jeff  Vinik enterprise, no details of the deal were reported in the local media. As Tampa Bay Beat discovered, USF President Judy Genshaft and Athletic Director …

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