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On March 14, the city of St. Pete Beach will elect a mayor for another three years. The two candidates are current mayor Al Johnson, who is seeking his third term, and Adrian Petrila, a realtor and relative newcomer to the city who is running for public office here for the first time. The ma…

    My family plays Wordle. Every day. We compete to see who can solve the puzzle in the fewest guesses. No bets, simply family bragging rights. 

     We have just completed another election cycle and have moved into the annual flu season with its nasty cousin COVID still plaguing our population. So it is important that just as Floridians need to be educated on the various health risks, so do our newly elected officials in order to provid…

      The Tocobaga Memorial Plaza dedicated on June 16 in Indian Shores is impressive. I’ve visited this site several times to compare its accuracy to the historical record from archaeology and the Spanish expedition diaries of the 1500s, and I have to say: The creative design team who conceived o…

      When we talk to employers around the Tampa Bay area, we often hear the same refrain — they cannot find enough qualified workers. Despite more and more jobs becoming available, employers are facing the same challenges and asking themselves: How can we increase access to post-secondary educati…

      I wonder how they start. I guess I’ll never know, but I have always been fascinated with idiomatic tics. You know, like “you know.” For a long time, it was hard to hear a sentence without somebody adding, “you know.” “Actually” disease got really bad a decade or so ago. I can remember a conv…

      Gratitude is a difficult emotion to force. Plus, it’s rude to make people think fast when they are trying to fit a whole yam casserole in their mouth holes.

      Now that the election is finally over, all those political TV commercials have, thankfully, disappeared. Next up is Dec. 7, when the myriad of Medicare commercials will finally leave us for another 10 months or so. Which are worse, the political ads or those for Medicare? I can’t decide. Bot…

        I always vote. And I always vote on Election Day itself. I don’t like early voting, never have and never will. Too much can happen from the time I vote early until the actual election day that might change my mind. Remember the “Access Hollywood” tape? Or the time a dead man was elected to t…

        My father-in-law passed earlier this month. It was expected, he was 88 years old. His passing got me to thinking about his life. I think it tells a story about this country, which simply isn’t the same anymore.

        My hardy pioneer ancestors showed up in America back in the 1600s and started cutting down trees.

        Clearwater voters have a remarkable opportunity in November to embrace a transformational investment in our downtown that will build on our momentum and benefit all residents for generations.

          I always tell people that the best month to visit Florida is in October — barring a hurricane, of course. I realize that’s a pretty big caveat, as we recently found out!

            How many times have you called the Internal Revenue Service with a tax question only to give up after being on hold for hours? How frustrating is it when the IRS owes you a refund but it takes forever to get your check? Well, help is on the way and some politicians are going berserk about it.

              Fifteen months ago I purchased a car from a reputable dealership. Because new cars are so expensive and hard to find these days, I bought a certified pre-owned version. Let me show you what this dealership says about such cars: “Our certified pre-owned cars go through a 360-degree thorough i…

              Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature made the right decision for our environment and our tourism economy with a new state law allowing local governments to ban smoking along beaches and in parks — and local officials already are embracing this bipartisan effort.

              Members of Congress love to go on junkets. Junkets are generally taxpayer-funded vacations hidden under the guise of important work, such as attending a meeting in some exotic locale. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, recently went on a junket to Taiwan, which was perhaps not the smart…

              When Floridians are facing double-digit rent increases, they are likely to wonder: are there any limits on what my landlord can charge? The answer, in short, is “no.”

                The TradeWinds is the biggest employer in St. Pete Beach. It’s a sprawling resort that wants to grow bigger. Last month it unveiled its blueprint to add 33,000 square feet of conference space, 18,000 square feet of additional retail space, three new parking garages, three new swimming pools …

                  The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has many hardline conservatives itching to scrap other decisions they have long reviled. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke for many in his party when he argued that the court was "clearly wrong" in 2015 when it struck down laws against same-sex …

                  The first time, I didn’t think much of it. I’d walked into an enormous bookstore last summer, and it was bright and spacious and hushed. Customers milled around the upfront tables, fingering novels and memoirs. They snaked through the aisles, curling around shelves bulging with biographies, …

                    Anyone who goes grocery shopping knows to look for the "sell by" date on certain perishables. Some products are fine several days after, but you don't want to push your luck. Visible decay is a signal that immediate disposal may be the best option.

                    By all accounts, the Democrats are going to get clobbered in this fall’s elections. This is mostly because Americans are angry about inflation and the high price of gasoline (these two things are related, of course). But the hard truth is, the current administration bears little blame for either.

                       On Monday, July 4, 2022, the United States of America will be celebrating a grand birthday of 246 years, so it is time to take a red-white-and-blue look at patriotism. 

                      It was our 30th wedding anniversary. We felt it deserved a special celebration. But my wife didn’t want to take a lot of time off work, so a long trip was out of the question. We debated the merits of Celebration, Dunedin and Boca Grande. But in the end, we chose to go to Anna Maria Island.

                        As Tampa Bay’s distended housing market evolves like a deranged Pokémon, you may have been tempted to peruse a local open house. Or, you may have developed a habit of neurotically browsing real estate listings, wondering how long you will be captive in your current situation. Haha, who would…

                        Roger Angell died in May at age 101. He was born just a few days after my father. This fact will be relevant a bit later.

                        The school shooting in Texas had me thinking back to a conversation I had not too long ago with my kids, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old.

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