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Labor Day 2007

Sun, 02 Sep 2007 12:22:00 +0000

Labor Day has a great meaning to the workforce of today. However, few know what it really means. I do not like to attack one particular company, although in this case, Publix will be my victim.

Publix was the premiere supermarket in my time. Closed on Sunday's high standards in hiring practices, and the list goes on and on. Publix really cared about the employee (the Labor force).

Today is Labor Day and how many Publix Supermarkets are open? Where is the observance of Labor Day to the labor force?

Significant observation folks.



Elected Official doesn't live in their district..

Sun, 02 Sep 2007 12:09:00 +0000

Hillsborough County School Board member has moved from the district that elected her. Does anyone seem to really care? As a constituent this should bother many a voters. I can understand the delemmia of getting divorced, losing 50 percent of another income. What I cannot understand is why after the ethics opin from Tallahassee and the local board, why is this person still in office.

The ethical stance should be, you don't live here, you can't represent here. When you take the oath of office, you take the oath to follow the rules. How can you enforce rules or regulations that you yourself do not follow. As a voter this should be a concern.

With my recent move, I can appreciate the upheaval, SERIOUSLY. However, I can also understand that if a job says you must live in a certain area, you must live there or give up that job. I have held 2 specific jobs that have mandatated where I live. When I wanted to move, I left those jobs.

It's time to start following the rules folks.



Cricket has her voice back... whew...

Sat, 01 Sep 2007 21:15:00 +0000

I will start off with the most annoying. Moving downtown was not the dream I once imagined. It was no Mary Tyler Moore hat throwing occasion I can tell you. I have been lucky enough to sublet (woo the NY term in sunny funny Florida) my humble place to a corporation that was more than willing to pay 2 times the overpriced amount I paid.

The pitfalls were plenty, no access, telephone worked when the solar eclipse happened, and lets just say the night scene was pretty close to 5th encounter of the weirdest.

I missed my local political shows on tv that it drove me to attend in person. Not nearly as entertaining, and I cannot wear my fuzzy slippers while watching. The whole in person thing was just not in the cards for me.

I missed a lot of chirping I tell you, and I have one post I am geared up to release... What is with the School Board lady that moved????

Stay tuned Cricket is back and full of interesting insights...



New diggs at the Grand at Kennedy

Sun, 08 Jul 2007 18:06:00 +0000

Well I settled on my new diggs. I am moving to the Grand at Kennedy. Great view and the area seems to be eclectic and vibrant. I seriously scored with Diamond Furniture going out of business, I am totally decorated in retro neat-o.

Living in downtown somehow brings me closer to the happenings and I am looking forward to moving in a few weeks. The best part? I only have to write 2 checks. Almost everything is included except electric. Telephone is included and cable. The state of the art kitchen sold me, I love to cook and entertain.



Did you have a nice 4th?

Sun, 08 Jul 2007 02:09:00 +0000

The fourth was very hazy for me. The weather sucked, the parade in Brandon was hot, and the neighbors rocked my house until 1:39 a.m. until I went outside in my pj's and convinced them the visual would only get worse if they continued.

It was amazing to hear about the mishaps with the fireworks over at the step-families (Pinellas County). I am very nervous about fireworks and try to stay away from the actual area of explosion.

Tampa did us proud with Channelside having a show that was really neat. I would have liked to be on StarShip dinner boat, but at $70.00 a person, that was a little steep for even a big spender like myself (haha).

The let down of the holiday has been very blah. The EPC Director is getting the boot for blogging, and quite frankly it sucks. But that is the price you pay for having an opinion.

Makes you wonder... I was asked to join Sticks of Fire blog (best blog on the blog network I might add) but due to the professional and personal not crossing for me, it was a sad point in my life to say "thanks, but I have to stay chirping over here"

Please visit Sticks of Fire http://www.sticksoffire.com it's the blog of blogs!



Tampa isn't growing it's decapitating

Wed, 04 Jul 2007 00:29:00 +0000

The great political leaders say cut the fat from the budget and the first thing to roll; employees. Let's talk about the pork that is in the budget. For instance, why do the municipalities own so much land? Or let's talk about really cutting back and making sacrifices.

At home when the belt needs to be tightened do you cut out what you might buy in the future? No. You cut out what is a luxury and not a necessity and you make sacrifices. For instance the Mayor seems unaffected by the crunch, cut out the perks of company cars. That's right, cut the executives car allowances, and company cars. That would save on liability, car insurance, and maintenance of vehicles, as well as the purchase of vehicles. Further, why does the Mayor need a driver? Take a look around other suffering municipalities in the state and see how many are driving themselves.

I am not just picking on the Mayor, but I think cutting comes from the top and should follow with the unnecessary luxuries that are costing working people their jobs.

I applaud Charlie Miranda and I don't really know him, he willfully gave back his travel allowances. Did the others? No.

As the city decapitates the employees and next the services it provides to the community, why would anyone want to come here and live, work, and or visit?

The City needs to stop using the city coffers as a slush fund and start making money instead of depending on taxes to constantly fund the City. Get creative, use the over-paid, over-inflated staff to make money.



4th of July in Tampa... So many choices

Wed, 04 Jul 2007 00:20:00 +0000

Let's start off with Independence Day 2007 and the happenings around town.

If fireworks are what you are looking for, have we got plenty to keep you busy.

Channelside is having their annual celebration. Hosted by 93.3 FLZ and 95.7 The beat and 98 Rock.
4-6 p Dj's will be performing, and from 6-9 p Live entertainment. It's free and it's fun!!Fireworks at 9:00 p to 9:20 p.
Stick around afterward for a fun time of music!

The Aquarium not be forgotten. They have extended hours and you can see the fireworks from there happening at Channelside.

Brandon Mall is hosting their annual fireworks display. Really a great treat for all. Also, during the day the annual Brandon parade on Lumsden ending up on Robertson near publix. Traffic alert!!!!

Across the bay St Pete is gearing up for a fun time too. The Mahaffey Theater is hosting a community concert where you can view the fireworks from Straub park.

Straub Park Bayshore and 5th Avenue NE St. Pete. 4 pm until the bang stops... Check it out!



Back after a short pause...

Wed, 04 Jul 2007 00:19:00 +0000

Sorry for the pause, I had business and travel to attend to.. But Tampa is certainly hopping and I intend to discuss it all right here.

Stay tuned for the night churping...



Penguins at Lowry Park Zoo

Sun, 10 Jun 2007 22:35:00 +0000

All I have to say is "you have to see this"!!! This weekend had a few things happening in the Tampa Bay Area, and I couldn't decide if I would spend it with the step-family "St. Pete" or stay home with the family. I opted to go to Lowry Park Zoo and I have to tell you, I loved it.

Every parent or person living should go see the Penguins hit the Beach. This is a fun filled zoo that is reasonable and very enjoyable.

The little wobblers were really delightful and I was secretly wishing no one would notice if I just tucked one of the cute properly tuxed guys in my bag. I am quite sure Jeannie and Jake (the pet Geese I have) would have eaten it for dinner.

After visiting the other animals, I dragged myself BACK to say goodbye to my new found friends. I promised to tell all my friends and bring them snails from my favorite restaurant.

The only thing that would have topped this off was hearing one of my favorite bands play at the Zoo. I really love the Bandshell performances that feature awesome local bands.. .

If you need me, I will be hanging out by the Peng's...



I'm a stepchild... now it all makes sense

Sun, 03 Jun 2007 01:47:00 +0000

For many years I was something I couldn't put my finger on. Couldn't quite explain it, didn't know the name for it, and no one really understood it. Today, low and behold in the newspaper no-less I found it. Who knew the St Pete Times had such informative information...

So I am a stepchild. I lived in Pinellas County for many years and then started working in Tampa. I felt like I was living a weekend step-child life. I began dating a great guy who lived outside of Tampa and I spent so much time there, but I didn't want to give up my Pinellas (Seminole actually) roots. I knew all the great places to eat Malio's, Donatellos, Berns, Hyde Park before it was trendy, and Ybor. Then I made the move. Across the Bay I went.

You would have thought I was lost in a divorce agreement. My Pinellas friends thought OMG you are sooooooooo far away. Then I decided to open a business in Pinellas and live in Tampa. What is going on with me? I must be a 3 step-child family.

Why can't these step-families get along? Why must we be divided? I can tell you the best places in Pinellas and Tampa. To add a little spice into the mix, I ventured out across the state and became Bi-Coastal. Not BI-SEXUAL. Loved the East Coast until it broke my heart, and I humbled back to the Pin/Hill area for healing. I have dusted off my broken heart and have landed in a new zone.

Now I am cheating on all the area's. That's right, I am giving up my standard grits in the morning and visiting a new relative. This relative has a closer place in my heart than either county. I am trading Indian Rocks Beach for the North Shore. I am trading downtown Tampa for Walnut Street. AND I LOVE IT.

Relax I am not moving, I am going to winter/summer where I feel the best. I have the flexibility at my young age to travel and live in 2 houses. GO ME.

But I still have guilt. If you need any recommendations on what is a good spot, and you don't feel like you are violating a visitation order, look me up.



More Tampa

Mon, 28 May 2007 01:00:00 +0000

I just came back from a Northeast trip. Made a visit to the Jersey Shore. When I left Tampa, I parked at a remote lot and was dropped off by a pleasant driver. He said that it has been a busy month for them since the Tampa Airport is so confusing with their parking. I could echo that statement. My weekly trip to Miami has me paying out the nose for a one day stay. Also, I didn't realize the economy lot at the airport was as reasonable.

So, after I arrived at the airport and made it on my flight, I had the best time ever. When I arrived at Atlantic City Airport it was heaven. My cab driver was awesome. Very pleasant and very helpful. After taking me to pick up my friend, we headed back to the airport and not only did he offer some advice, (even though I am a Jersey girl) he was very thoughtful about my plans. I picked up my rental car and hit the Shore. I had boardwalk fever and I needed to get to Wildwood.

Even though I had a car, I found taking a cab back and forth to Cape May to be useful and non-stressful. Parking is a premium and it was easier hailing a cab or riding the bus. YOU heard that right, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

After I said goodbye to growing up Gotti wannabees, I headed back to the airport, back to Tampa and realized once again... Tampa needs a shot of B12 or something. As I waited for my parking place to pick me up, I was glad to see the yellow cabs making their rounds. I saw only one of the white cabs and they were not getting the fares like the yellow cabs. Maybe something is to that...

Back home for now, however, off to Boston for a clam bake... Life is grand!



What to do this weekend in Tampa?

Wed, 16 May 2007 23:51:00 +0000

Have you noticed that 3 weekends have everything going on, then its a lull? Do I really want to drive to Pinellas for fun? Answer is.NO. So much to offer and what is going on? I plan on hitting the Art Exhibit and maybe if I feel the urge some sort of dinner/club who the heck am I kidding, it will be the same ole thing.

Actually this just came me to... the restaurant Spain has the show on the weekend... hmm Flamenco dancers. It's something to see if you have never seen it, and the food is awesome !

Anyone else have any ideas?



Chirpings around Town.

Sun, 13 May 2007 14:44:00 +0000

Tampa seems to be moving fast on a hamster wheel. Recently, I discovered all that glitters is really gold and what doesn't is Platinum. You see we strive for gold instead of perfection. Which in all intensive purposes is platinum.

Tampa Bay is making progress in building and growing, but what are we missing? I think it's the big picture. If you read the newspaper or watch the news, crime has risen dramatically. In the past 3 months, police officers have been shot or have shot someone. Husbands have killed wives while children watch. Young people killed in drive-by shootings. We are at WAR and the soldiers are stretched. This time, I am not talking about the War overseas. I am talking about the WAR in our own backyard.

Society is becoming a little too accepting of the violence and the excuse of mental distress. No where is it acceptable to kill someone because you are having a bad day. No where is it acceptable to kill yourself because you just want to live another life, or have a better this or that. The demons in your head are there for a reason, you put them there. You go to the doctor and what happens? Doctors treat symptoms not issues. How many have a prescription of Xanax "just in case"? You know to take the edge off when things are too stressful?

I am not sure this is the place for me. After living here for more than time can tell, I am thinking that this isn't a hometown, it's a one way trip to death.

The thought of firing an employee right now has me concerned on many levels. Will this person take it well, will they kill themselves, their family, ME? Let's not take into consideration this person is doing an awful job, is lazy, unproductive and is stealing from the company. I fear retaliation for the first time ever. You can document your ass crazy, but judgment day comes and people cannot accept responsibility for what they have done. BAM. YOU ARE THE BAD GUY.

Way too much to think about. Life around town is scary.



Tampa Bay is full of action it seems

Thu, 10 May 2007 10:31:00 +0000

Yesterday while attempting to hit Westshore Mall during lunch, I realized one major snag. Kennedy Blvd is under construction. Detours led me to a mini migraine. As I made my way back on a side street, it appears Mini Tampa isn't so mini. With the growth of new buildings cropping up, you would think we are a real metropolitan city. Clearly missing many attributes of a real Metro City.

So the drive made me think. If I were visiting what would I think? Nice climate, streets look clean, nice setting, cool places. Wait I need to make a U turn at cool places. Opps. Look OUT it's a one way street. Man oh man.

The designers of Tampa cannot possibly think the one way streets that have detour signs miss placed are helpful, can they?

After losing an eighth of an inch in tire rubber from slamming on my brakes to avoid going the wrong way, I realized maybe I should be a little nicer to those cars with other tags on. Don't get mad when they go the wrong way... Tampa seems action packed, and we seem to get the visitors, lets hope they can find their way back.



New study, Mass Transit may live in Tampa?

Sat, 05 May 2007 02:16:00 +0000

Many folks are gathering for the explosion of transit. Ok, call it what you will, I call it this... NOT HAPPENING. Still can't get there from here!

Back in the day the ole MPO would meet, discuss the roads, the transit and a few things would muster up to Tally for a little sit and spin. Then, after it made it back down to "slam it down the local area throat" not much would happen.

Along came Tampa Trolley. This is going to move people from here to there. Make downtown viable, the Channelside district will come alive. The first week the buffoon trolley was in operation, 4 accidents occurred at the USF Building. Not like you can't see the yellow trolley, no one really thinks about it.

On May 11, 2007 there is a downtown rally or gathering or building notification for ride sharing and our building which shall remain nameless (but not smell-less because we have the rocking est restaurant) will have a little debate with the people in the moving and placing. What do you think will come of it?

My money is on this... Hey Stan, how are you? You know the parking down here is terrible. I cannot believe the amount of people that travel in downtown. Where do they all live. LATHER.RINSE.REPEAT.

Stay tuned or check out the Planning chick on Sticks of Fire.



Please say a prayer for the Hills Co Deputy shot

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 02:03:00 +0000

My heart aches for this Deputy Sheriff and the family of this brave policeman. I am kind of partial to the military and the Law Enforcement folks. It's a job that most can't do, and only some try.

So whom-ever you pray to, please include him in your prayers. Senseless shooting over drugs.

As the story unfolds, it has been reported that the suspect has been arrested. GOOD. Thank goodness the law enforcement family didn't have to wonder who else will become a victim.

May God Bless the Deputy who took a bullet; and return him to his family in one piece. Bless the department that will emotionally feel this pain, and give them strength to continue their fight in the War on Drugs.



Hillsborough County School Board Member cares...

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 00:08:00 +0000

http://www.soundoffandbeheard.blogspot.com/

I was nose-ing around other blogs, and found that April Griffin has a blog and she want's some input about the school system.

Normally I stick to topics that prick my blood, but she brings up a good outlet. So I went over and posted a comment. I am not sure it will appear, after I wrote a heartfelt response, I found that it had some other sign on process.

Regardless, if you are a resident of Hillsborough County and you give a rats behind about our future leaders (current students) or the education system, give her a shout. I would ask that you be mindful of your manners, and not slam. To get results, you need to be productive.

With that said, and my tongue in cheek post about my own school experience, let me say this. I was not traumatized by my experience. It actually molded me to who I am today. A realistic woman that knows there are many walks of life out there, and you must overcome and learn to protect yourself.

Finally, for the Hillsborough County School Board... someone needs a clue. School systems aren't changing; people are changing. Go back to the basic 3 R's and let's set the parents straight. Not the other way around. Society as a whole SUCKS. I have a sibling with children and she would tell me how it was the teachers responsibility to do this or that. BOILED my blood. She would call the teachers and say she can't get perfect child number 2 to attend school, they need to help her... Well perfect child number 2 didn't finish high school with the rest of his class, I believe he went to some reform school of sorts... What does that tell you about the PARENTING skills??????? And why is it the teachers responsibility??? Stop allowing parents the opportunity to neglect their duties.



The teacher just want's to teach...

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 11:36:00 +0000

Jennifer Porter wants to teach. The state wants to think about revoking her license. She has been on probation for how long, and now they want to finalize it. She states she wants to teach. I want to see her smile. I am not a huge smiley person, but this person has never cracked a smile EVER.

Do we really need more pent up- emotional- angry- uptight teachers? I think this girl has served her time. If the Governor wants to give felons back their right to vote, claiming their debt to society has been served, why can't this girl keep her license?

As tragic as the accident was, it was not malicious or intention. She freaked out. She had a huge lapse in judgement and lived her life in a fishbowl for a split second decision that caused her grief and the inability to ever smile again. But she did not do this in the classroom. Teaching is what you do, not who you are...

I could rant about the teachers from my day, the teachers that fondled the girls, the PE Teachers that would repeatedly ask the chesty girls to run extra miles, the math teacher who would say, 'give me some love and I will show you the A. Or the dozens of teachers who misused their influence and ruined lives IN SCHOOL. The drama teacher that decided to film Laurie Licks Lincoln. yeah yeah yeah you think it was only in recent years... NOT hardly!

She did not creep into these children's bedrooms and molest them. I stand on the fence as to her guilt. I believe everyone holds responsibility. Same with the above-mentioned scenarios. I was busty, I had a killer figure, and lets face it, I knew it. Did I cause this? Perhaps.

To take away her license is not productive. If she got a DUI she would still be able to teach.
If she had a car accident that killed someone and she didn't leave the scene, she would still be teaching. The children are still dead. But she would still be teaching. Not productive I tell you!



Too much death on the roadways

Mon, 23 Apr 2007 00:35:00 +0000

Normally I try to stay off my soap box on personal issues. However, this weekend so many people lost their lives doing what we do daily. DRIVING. The most senseless was the backhoe of sorts driver that was driving on U.S. Hwy 19 at 8:25 p.m (more than dusk) without lights on. A 58 year old man swerved after seeing him and died. One other driver is in critical condition.

The driver has been charged with vehicular homicide. Across the water 2 were killed by a DUI driver. Every day I pray when I get on the road and I pray for my friends and family. If you think I am kidding, you're crazy. Driving today is not only a serious business, it's a risk that gives no second chances. Death is final.

Drives me nuts (no pun intended). I cannot tell you how many red light runners there are on any highway. I used to be the girl of quick reaction time. When the light hit green I gunned it, (hey if John Force can do it, so can I). However, I am now the girl with the hot mattel car that waits before hitting the gas in any intersection. I am thinking of getting rid of the plastic car and getting a Humvee. Totally tubular I say. AND SAFE!

I guess the close of this weekend is more than sad, but also it comes with perplexity. I hate to drive on U.S. Hwy 19 on a good day, why the heck would a backhoe drive at 8:25 p.m. ?

Time for FDOT and the Highway Patrol get on the stick with these idiots.



Largo is in the news again..

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 00:44:00 +0000

http://www.ifilm.com/video/2845521/show/17676/channel/tvclips

I had to watch this a couple of times. Thanks to Out in Left Field for the preview.

The previous Mayor said by cutting off a penis, you should be removed from your job. I wonder if the nifty residents of Largo realized he didn't have a penis, or was that backbone, and that is why he was not re-elected? I am just asking you know, because in the world he lives in, unless you were born with a penis, it appears as though you can't do a good job.

I will not attack the former Mayor on a blog, but I find it funny the good ole folks of Largo are embarrassed by the outrage of a person exercising their right do whatever they want. Largo has a history of ill decisions. Let's take the Largo Police Dept. For many years they were the butt of many jokes, they once had a police chief that didn't wear shoes in the office. This was in the 1980's not the 1880's. They have had plenty of misgivings, the Largo 8, that crime ridden mobile home park that laundered at least 20.00 a Friday night, and then we have commissioners that are at a loss over deciding what is good for the people and worry about what would the First Baptist Church of Hypocrites think. The Rev Charlie Martin ought not to cast that tumbling stone. I believe his glass house has a few dings in it...

Best of Luck to Largo... here we grow like idiots again.



Again with the Taxi's and Mass Transit.

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 01:49:00 +0000

So I stood outside the Hyatt in downtown tonight and I watched how the Bell Hop had to call over several times the waiting cab at the corner. A guy wanted to go to the airport. First the bellman yelled, no response. Next he walked out a little in the road area, still no response. He finally walked clearly in the middle of the road, and the cab driver finally inched up and said (within ear shot) where is he wantin' ta go? The handsomely dressed bellman said the airport, the cabbie said hm ok.

Why doesn't this hotel have a shuttle to the airport? Why is it that on that very same corner during the day you see cabs just parked there?

Enough of that. Tonight I had the pleasure of visiting with the Tour Florida rep. Spell it out with me... C L U E L E S S ... As we discussed (I discussed, she looked glazed over from the 3 complimentary glasses of wine) the need for mass transit, and the combined counties needing to get on the stick with Mass Transit. She actually said to me, you just don't get it. It's really the County Commissioners fault, they don't want to share the wealth.

Sweetheart boy do I get it. You have zero clue or inkling to what makes this City, or neighboring Cities tick. I quizzed said drunk rep about the Grand Prix, and she said no one really came for that. I said you realize YOU can't get there from here, right? She laughed and squinted her nose, saying, you are sooooo funny. seriously.

I find the tourism department for Hills County extremely antiquated, and without merit in their cause.

I outlined for her the issues of not getting around downtown just as a group of 75 youth walked like a chain gang up Tampa Street heading oh you know, that way... I said wouldn't it be great if those traveling dollars were spending money some where instead of walking like Zombies because they don't know where to go?

I will tell you this, if it hadn't been for the free liquor, she wouldn't have attended, and that my friend is the issue behind the glass... More on this later...



While visiting the Port of Tampa today...

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 00:36:00 +0000

I spotted a few taxi signs. I felt it was interesting to take note. Hmm has transit started to catch on? For a flat fee $22.00 you can get a ride to the airport (up to 7 passengers). I was shocked. This was really interesting. I also spotted a sign, Cruise Valet $100 now, the question was this. Was that $100.00 or $1.00? Funny most thought it was $1.00. I was shocked at how someone thought valet parking for a cruise could be $1.00. So I asked a few people standing bye and they said go over and ask. I was fearful of my life being taken as I crossed the area where the cars were parked. So I decided I would check another time.

Many folks arriving for the Legend's big send off today were milling around asking what is there to do in Tampa after the cruise? I made a few suggestions and even hand wrote for a few folks what to see in Tampa.

The port needs someone there informational, not selling time shares to let the folks know what to do in Tampa. Hmm think I am on to something here...

Hello Tourism Director, take a note here...

If you get a chance to cruise on the Legend, I think you will like her. I toured the ship today. I have been on her sisters and this ship is equally as nice as the others. Nice decor so you are not thinking of Peptol Bismal (the Miracle is gawdy pink)



Tornado rumblings, and John Winter is not here !

Sun, 15 Apr 2007 01:01:00 +0000

I am angry. I loved John Winters as a weather expert. I truly admired and listened to what he had to say about the weather. He did not jump around and get out of touch with the weather Gods that spike a fever when they think they will have more face time on tv.

His departure has left me sad and angry. This coming hurricane season will have me floundering for some peace and tranquility.

Tomorrow when the tiles blow off the roof and small animals fly through the air, I will wonder what is John thinking now? He left too soon.



Still on the Mass Transit hunt

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 11:01:00 +0000

This week has turned a frustrating Tampa Bay situation into a quest for answers from the ole Nite Cricket. On Monday morning at 525 am I headed to Tampa International Airport for a flight to South Florida. Dropped my car off at short term parking and poked around a little before my flight. I spoke with 2 taxi drivers from 2 separate companies. Interesting dialogue actually. There are more than just one taxi driver with a point of view.

As I boarded the plane, I thought of the airport I was about to land in, and I decided to skip the rental car and grab a cab for the whole day. Fort Lauderdale here I come. I found out that our sisters in the South end of the State have it going on. Did you know you can grab a bus in the Fort Lauderdale area and take it all the way to Miami? You can buy a pass that allows you multiple trips for meager pennies. And did you know 3 of my cab drivers were polite, informative and took me around to see trains, planes and bus stops?

Tampa has a huge hurdle to jump. The area down there seems to work together with it's neighboring 400 cities. Interesting concept.

More later.



Why the Mass Transit research?

Sun, 08 Apr 2007 16:07:00 +0000

Did you know that the Basketball finals brought in millions of dollars? Did you know that the Grand Prix brought in millions of dollars? What I am sure you know is this. You can't get there from here.

If you wanted to go from the game in Tampa to the Gulf Beaches you need to rent a car. If you wanted to leave the race because you were drown out by the noise or you were a companion to a huge fan, and wanted to shop instead of smelling the oil burning, you couldn't get to Tampa from there without a car.

Tourism is my business, and the local area is my market. I am afraid to say, you can't get there from here. That is the title of my new book of travel.

Seriously. Let's talk about dollars to our economy. To rent a car you have to be at least 21 or 25 with most major companies. The college finals brought in thousands of college kids. Last I checked, most college seniors were under 22. (with the adult learner exception). HUGE loss of revenue. Restaurants in South Tampa, North Tampa, Middle Tampa, didn't get to enjoy the increase of visitors. Frankly, downtown couldn't accommodate them, Ybor saw visitors at night. Great for Ybor, but there is more to life in Tampa than Ybor.

Which brings me to my next point. In 2 short years another Superbowl is among us. Oh yes, that's right, we had it here in 2000 and what a nightmare for people. By the way, I have been contacted for rooms already. When the National Political Convention looked at us, what did they see???? Tampa can't house everyone, and YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE.

I took 3 days out of my business day, one day I took 6 folks with me. The total not including the cost of salary was approximately $100.00. Add in the overpaid people (just kidding you very important people) and it was still less than 1000.00 to figure out we need change. When the Positive Thinking Guru's come to town at the Convention Center 8 square blocks are slammed. I cannot get my morning latte' because visitor Joe is at my stand saying is there a Starbucks down here anywhere?

Therefore the conventions and groups are looking elsewhere. See ya later money. Goodbye revenue. Hello empty middle district businesses.

There is a plan but it doesn't need a feasibility study, nor a 350,000 grant to underwrite it.

Take a ride on the reading... Or take a book to read and try out Mass Transit.