Zany Two-City Shakedown Scheme Alienated Rays Fans

  By Jim Bleyer Two months ago the attendance-challenged Tampa Bay Rays could at least boast of a fiercely loyal, though modest, fan base. No more, thanks to Rays owner Stu Sternberg striking out with a far-out proposal to play half a season in Tampa Bay and the other half in …

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New Law Paves Way for Increased E-Scooter Safety Amid Concerns

  Scooters confined to special lanes found much safer than sidewalk usage. By Jim Bleyer Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signing of a bill greenlighting e-scooters in bicycle lanes will mitigate certain safety concerns and issues with the elderly, disabled, and toddlers that populate Florida’s urban sidewalks. The new law, along with …

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The Rays: Will They Cross the Bay or Not?

            By E. Eugene Webb PhD, from the Bay Post Internet The ongoing saga of the next home for the Tampa Bay Rays continues with Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill throwing down the gauntlet…. er maybe a bat, when he declared, “there will be no …

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Tampa Bay Times Recommends Predator by Proxy Kathleen Peters

By Jim Bleyer The editorial recommendation of State Rep. Kathleen Peters for the Pinellas County Commission represents another #MeToo fail for the Tampa Bay Times. Peters, gal pal of disgraced predator, former State Sen. Jack Latvala, has been insensitive to the victims of sexual harassment but more than sympathetic to …

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Tampa Mayor Buckhorn Actively Seeking Lt. Gov. Slot

  By Jim Bleyer Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is actively seeking the second spot on the Democratic gubernatorial ticket, Tampa Bay Beat has learned, but such a candidacy would bring more baggage than benefit. Buckhorn has reached out to both the camps of Phillip Levine and Gwen Graham in his …

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Eye-Catching James Museum Stands Out as Must-See Destination

  By Jim Bleyer The James gang rode through downtown St. Petersburg Saturday after depositing a magnificent treasure there. No, not Jesse and Frank.  We’re talking about Tom and Mary and the treasure isn’t buried. In full view is The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art at Central Avenue …

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Get over It, Times; You Lost!

                          By Jim Bleyer   The biased coverage of the St. Petersburg mayor’s race by the Tampa Bay Times continues days after Rick Kriseman won re-election over Rick Baker. The Times, who went all-in for Baker on its …

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The Math of Khan Boosts Kriseman, Defangs Times/Poynter

    By Jim Bleyer Overcoming moneyed right-wing interests, a local newspaper that was paid by a spate of new investors to advance the cause of Trump acolytes, and dirty campaign tactics, incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was re-elected for a second four-year term Tuesday. Kriseman’s 3.1 percentage point …

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