I attended my first St. Pete Chamber Pier Task Force meeting last week and was treated to a great presentation by Tim Clemmons and Gary Grooms of Mesh Architecture about a potential renovation to the existing pyramid structure that would modernize it, reduce the building and approach footprint and get in for the city’s price tag of $45 million.
For you non-locals and newcomers like me, the Pier has been an attraction I have visited a number of times since 1990, but the glow had definitely worn off especially as the marine exhibit was downgraded. Ultimately, voters nixed the plan last year to build what was called The Lens – the plan that won an international design competition but which faced strong local opposition and likely led to the defeat of the incumbent mayor as well.
The new mayor wants to restart the process basically from scratch and have whatever the new Pier will be open before 2018. In the meantime, the current colorful inverted pyramid building on the pier head is closed until then, but the new mayor declared that the rest of the approach and building deck, which had been fenced off, be reopened right after he was inaugurated, and scored many a political point with that move.
So you can fish, walk, bike and generally enjoy the pier – you just can’t get a meal or a crappy Florida gift there, which was about all that was left in the old pier building anyways.Read More
Pick someone else folks.
I don’t hate the N&O – in fact, I kind of love it for all it has meant to the state and the capitol city for many years, including those when I was part of it (1986-88, 1997-99). It was also the paper I read every day for about 25 years before moving from the state recently.
Like many metro daily newspaper organizations around the country – primarily the ones that toil under public ownership and the dunces of Wall Street – it is not what it once was by any measure primarily because its parent company has satisfied its gluttonous greed for outdated profit margins by decimating the guts of the product and expecting people to continue to want to read and advertise in it. (Yes N&O supporters I heard from — corporate profits don’t equal one paper’s profits and all that — a weak defense I’ll deal with another day).Read More
The trip to Tallahassee, Fla., from North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham region is not pleasant, nor is it cheap. It’s either 10 hours in a car or half a day by air. The cost of putting a sports reporter through that to cover a basketball game on a weeknight with lodging, airfare and food is about $600 if you book it a month in advance.
So it was at minimum curious – at the most disheartening – that the region’s flagship newspaper, The News & Observer, owned by McClatchy, chose not to send any staff writer and/or photographer to cover in person a fairly important ACC contest pitting the UNC Tar Heels at Florida State. Nor did it sub a staffer from its sister paper, The Charlotte Observer, as they sometimes do to cut down on the cost of road trips that may be less expensive originating from the other city.Read More
My understanding of Florida politics lacks much sophistication as of yet, but I am quickly becoming immersed in its complexities.
Nevertheless, it takes no sophistication to separate the candidates to fill the unexpired term of the recently expired C.W. Bill Young, a Pinellas County Republican who served this district in the U.S. House for 42 years and died unexpectedly in October at 82.
There is a Democrat, a Republican who is tied closely to Young, and a Libertarian political novice with no chance, but who might siphon support from the Republican.
I am a registered unaffiliated voter, which makes me an Independent, which I have been all my voting years. I have voted for Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens Party and Independents in various races large and small along the way. Party affiliation makes not one whit of difference to me.Read More
It what has become an all-too-frequent thread in collegiate newspaper circles (not that the commercial press totally avoids this problem), the Daily Emerald at the University of Oregon is the latest paper (just calling it that for you @rfrank_oregon whose editor has had to apologize for one of its student journalists fabricating quotes and who knows what else in a story.
The letter of apology from editor Sam Stites did not disclose, as had become the fashion, the name of the staffer who did the paper this credibility-bashing injustice, although the cached version of the story the DM apparently tried to make disappear from the webs carries a byline as you can see from the link above. Presumably her name was carried in however many print copies they run these days.
To Mr. Stites and to those who have come before and will come again, you have to name the staffer.Read More
The publication of this story during the weekend generated a certain number of, “I-told-you-so’s” as it was shared on social media.
On one Facebook posting, I gently engaged with a commenter in a little back and forth about what the real story was here. He’s a former photojournalist who switched to the Internet business in its most nascent stages and stayed there. To summarize his position, the print boat sailed decades ago and to act in opposition to that notion now is “pathological nostalgia.”Read More