Monday, August 19, 2019

Sky U. White Fans

Progressive Leaders Pat, Mariella and Sky?

Hillsborough County GOP Pulls A Fast One

At a Workshop where the public was not allowed to comment, the County rammed through a growth plan that includes "Sector Planning," which can result in tens of thousands of homes paving over our rural lands.
This "Sector Plan" was not on the agenda, and was not included in the backup materials for the meeting, so neither the Commissioners nor the public had a chance to review it, and the public had no opportunity for input prior to the vote. The County Administrator, Mike Merrill, handed it out to the Commissioners when we were seated at the meeting. Soon after, Commissioner Stacy White made a motion for us to adopt the document.
Voting YES: Stacy White, Sandy Murman,
Les Miller & Ken Hagan.

Racist at Miami Publix

Medicare for All Rally at Kathy Castor's Office

August 23, 2019 at 9:30 AM 
You can also call and tell her you want her to co-sponsor and support H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

DC: 202.225.3376
Tampa: 813.871.2817

Panama City On Edge

After teen threatens to kill black people in shocking ‘KKK’ video. HERE

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Sky U. White Fans

Progressive Leaders Pat, Mariella and Sky?

Photographer Renato Rampolla coming to Tampa

Friday, August 23, 2019 at 8 AM
Join Café con Tampa to hear photographer Renato Rampolla talk about his book, “Dignity No Matter What: The Light Within.” It’s a photo essay of the homeless people he hs met and the stories they tell. INFO

Vintage Phone Booth

Tallahassee - Free local calls

Silly Motorists in Tarpon Springs

TECO Pirates


Grace VanderWaal - Waste My Time

Tampa's Amphitheatre - I4 and US 301 in Tampa, Florida
Best time to visit: Nov - Dec. - Jan. - Feb.
Great job by Blythe Thomas and her crew on the video.

Friday, August 16, 2019

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Bistec a la Mexicana
With Beans and Rice 
At Tierra Mexicana Restaurant
Visit them HERE
I've had this dish at many places, 
this was the best I ever had.


TECO Energy you are way out of line (EXPOSED)

HART Clean Up Your Act

Dale Mabry and Interbay
This is like this all the time. Pick up your trash 
or remove the can!

Animal Welfare in Manatee County

Florida Corporate Welfare State

Florida is about to give more than $500 million to some of its biggest corporations.
The mammoth tax cut is a result of an obscure law passed by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature last year amid lobbying by companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, Comcast Corp. and the Walt Disney Co. HERE

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sky U. White Fans

Progressive Leaders Pat, Mariella and Sky?

Tampa Bartenders

Liz at Tapper Pub in South Tampa

Hands Off Upper Tampa Bay Trail Public Meeting

"Walkers and bike riders came out to protest developers’ plans to curtail scenic trail pathway. No way, Jose"
 David Sinclair

 Citrus Park, Florida

Adi y Hany Vlogs in Ybor City

USF's poop-powered generator

The mini sewage system is called the NEWgenerator. It was developed by USF engineering professor Dr. Daniel Yeh and his research team. HERE

TaongPalaboy Lost in Ybor City

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Florida Climate Warriors

Mary and Gaby with their Tesla 

Florida Pirate: The Real Florida

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Burger and Fries
At Juicy Blue in Tallahassee


Ybor City Homeless

Herbie from Chicago

Hemp legalization is having an impact on marijuana charges in Florida

FBI Eyeing Public Corruption Throughout Florida

The guilty pleas entered last week by former Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox and a confidante is not the end of public corruption investigations in Florida.

That’s the word from Lawrence Keefe, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, and sources at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Maddox and Paige Carter-Smith have agreed to cooperate with law enforcement authorities about other possible misdeeds in Tallahassee and Leon County.

A sentencing date for the pair has been set for Nov. 19. They could receive up to 25 years in prison on fraud and income tax charges for their role in helping ride share giant Uber get a favorable ordinance in exchange for cash and accepting payments from a developer that turned out to be an FBI front company.

But Lawrence Keefe, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, declared the Maddox investigation should put all Florida public officials on notice.

“A public office is a sacred trust,” Keefe told the Tallahassee Democrat in the wake of the Maddox and Carter-Smith plea deals.

The FBI never discusses its ongoing investigations but the agency should look at Hillsborough County if it isn’t already.

In his 2018 re-election campaign, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan solicited and accepted donations from real estate interests that stand to benefit from construction of a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays in Ybor City.

St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field, considered antiquated by 2019 standards, has been the home of the Rays since they first took the field in 1998. Despite recent success, attendance has perennially stood at or near the bottom of the 30 major league baseball teams.

Owner Stuart Sternberg has maintained that a new stadium will solve the team’s attendance woes and found a ready and more-then-willing ally in Hagan. Talks between the Rays, Hillsborough County, and the City of Tampa struck out last year when it was determined no public funding existed to finance a $850 million stadium in Ybor, even with Sternberg willing to chip in $200 million.

Ybor City as the site for a new Rays home has always been puzzling. Low and middle income families would be displaced. One of the country’s iconic historic districts would be destroyed. And the rationale for any projected attendance increase never has been documented.

But Darryl Shaw, who acquired thousands of acres around Ybor, and Jeff Vinik, whose Water Street Tampa project is in nearby Channelside, would reap benefits from the increased traffic generated by a new ballpark.

Sternberg’s latest canard—sharing the franchise with the city of Montreal—has not being taken seriously by most observers. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman did not disguise his disdain for the scheme. His initial response:

“The Rays cannot explore playing any Major League Baseball games in Montreal or anywhere else for that matter prior to 2028, without reaching a formal memorandum of understanding with the City of St. Petersburg,” Kriseman said. “Ultimately, such a decision is up to me. And I have no intention of bringing this latest idea to our city council to consider. In fact, I believe this is getting a bit silly.”

The City of St. Petersburg continues to investigate whether or not Sternberg violated the terms of his lease agreement which decrees he must get permission to discuss relocation with representatives of other geographical entities.

As for Hagan, he continues to promote Ybor City for a Rays Stadium, despite the fanciful prospect of sharing a split season with Montreal. Hagan and Sternberg, at least publicly, are a minority of two in that respect.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the Maddox plea deal, federal law enforcement authorities have put Florida politicians on notice that viola
tions of that “sacred
trust” will be prosecuted.

By Jim Bleyer

Monday, August 12, 2019

Taking On The Florida Public Service Commission Day 2

Silenced By The PSC

"I came to the Public Service Commission to tell the church's story of helping people pay their light bill because their rental home is energy inefficient. But the PSC doesn't want our testimony." Rev. Russell Myers

They got solar?

Tallahassee, Florida