Monday, July 27, 2020

Podcast: We're Living With the Coronavirus and Opportunity Knocks

Latest podcast from the Eye talks about the coronavirus we currently are living with: from the accuracy of the coronavirus data, thank goodness the golf courses stayed open in Florida, people protecting themselves without need for government dictates because this is not the first pandemic we've dealt with to opportunities knocking to do things you could not do before…..like the opportunity to empower parents to find alternatives to public schools for their children's education. Provide all parents with more educational options and choices for their children. And the opportunity to eliminate costly bureaucrats and the bureaucracies that are not "essential". Don't let a crisis go to waste! 


Friday, July 17, 2020

Meet Mike Perotti, Republican Running for State Attorney in Hillsborough County

Mike Perotti is running for Hillsborough County State Attorney in November. He is a Republican challenging the Democrat incumbent Andrew Warren who narrowly beat Republican Mark Ober in 2016.

The Eye had an opportunity recently to speak with Perotti to find out more about him and why he is running for State Attorney. Perotti explains the importance of the State Attorney. He states there is a critical need for leadership who wants to be held accountable and leadership who will bring integrity to the position and the entire State Attorney's Office.

Perotti is a third generation Tampa native with strong ties to his community. He has a background in law and law enforcement. Perotti has worked as legal counsel for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO), and as a Colonel with HCSO, he ran the County's entire jail system.

Here are some highlights from our interview.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Progressive Politics Drives Pat Kemp

Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp
Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp is not a member of the Hillsborough Emergency Policy Group currently addressing the coronavirus pandemic in the County. Kemp, a Progressive Democrat who thinks she knows best, decided to insert herself into the issue and display her hypocrisy.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

"Go Home Jane" Castor is a Disaster

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor was the Tampa Police Chief when the city successfully hosted the last Super Bowl in Tampa and the RNC convention in 2012. She clearly understands how to prepare for events that could get unruly and how to prepare for worst case while hoping for best case.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor
As Mayor, how could Castor have allowed all the rioting, burning down of businesses and looting that raged in Tampa Saturday night?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Fiscally Distressed PSTA: No Bailouts, Shut Down the Central Ave BRT Boondoggle and Hire a New CEO

Pinellas County's transit agency PSTA is a fiscal mess. PSTA's financial position has been declining for years and their fiscal distress began long before the coronavirus pandemic.

Whether thru incompetence or willful neglect, PSTA has refused to address their fiscal mess. The pandemic has devastated PSTA's ridership even more causing their financial position to worsen. The State or the Feds should not be handing out bailouts to PSTA that will mask or cover up PSTA's own incompetence and/or neglect.

Monday, May 18, 2020

PSTA's Legislative Committee Chair Democrat Commissioner Janet Long Publicly Disparages President Trump at PSTA Meeting

Is there a trend in Tampa Bay with county commissioners disparaging people and alienating their own constituents and voters?

We posted here and here where Democrat Hillsborough County commissioner Kimberly Overman called her constituents "super stupid", was derogatory towards others and instigated others to go after those who disagree with her.

Now Democrat Pinellas County commissioner Janet Long decided to go partisan at a Pinellas transit agency PSTA Legislative Committee meeting held May 6th. Long publicly denigrated President Trump at this meeting. [Can go directly to video clip below to watch]

The Trump Administration should take note.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Pandemic, Plummeting Transit Ridership and the Rail Tax Saga

While waiting for the final ruling by the Florida Supreme Court regarding whether the All for Transportation (AFT) rail/transit tax will remain or be thrown out, the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The AFT transit tax forces 45% of the $16 Billion tax to go to the transit agency HART. The only reason $7 Billion must go to HART is to fund costly rail projects. The AFT rail tax was intended to force taxpayers in unincorporated Hillsborough County to pay for numerous rail projects in the city of Tampa. While billions are not needed to improve HART's bus service, they are needed for rail projects targeted for the "choice riders" always found somewhere over the rainbow.

The pandemic has devastated transit ridership everywhere and the "choice rider" in Hillsborough County may no longer exist. People will prefer to continue using the safety and security of their own vehicles not boarding trains with strangers.