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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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First question: Ernest, are we gonna re-schedule?

She’s baaaccckkk.  Saint Petersblog nemesis Cristina Silva as returned from a four-month stint in Tallahassee.  The former City Hall reporter tweeted yesterday:

@cristymsilva: back in St. Petersburg after nearly four months. What did I miss?

Silva actually has an interesting PolitiFact piece answering the important question of whether that’s Barack Obama in the Whoomp! video. Because all black people look alike to the Tea Party racists who first concocted this rumor.

Talk about getting your facts wrong.  Check out this story about a Georgia company bungling the facts about Tampa Bay for an advertising flier stuffed into nearly 1.7 million Florida newspapers.

Talk about getting your facts right.  Eric Deggans comes correct in a blog post on The Feed wondering which media personality will be next to be shown the door for their offensive comments:

Because, if Thomas’ awful comments about Israel warranted her removal — as at least some critics suggested — I think there’s a few others working in big media who deserve a second look, too.

First on my list is MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan.

It’s strong, smart opinions like that that have me wishing Eric was still on the editorial board, which my friend Darryl Rouson visited yesterday to discuss his legislative record — and to ask why there are not more faces of color on the editorial board and in senior editing positions.

On apolitical news, I received a lot of feedback yesterday about my criticism of Laura Reiley’s decision to review the geriatric Leverock’s.  One commenter pointed out that it was a smart decision because Leverock’s just introduced a new “After Seven” menu.  I wish someone would have said that to me in person because I would have thrown an onion-crusted salmon at them.  Any restaurant that has a separate menu for “After Seven” in the same fashion that most restaurants have a bar or late-night menu is not worth reviewing.  Why not just say “After The Old People Go Home Menu?”

But more to the point, there is NO ONE who will read Laura Reiley’s review and say, “You know what, I can’t find tuna sashimi anywhere else in Tampa Bay, except for every Publix, Bonefish, Outback, Asian restaurant, seafood restaurant, etc., so let’s head to that Leverock’s that used to be in an old Ponderosa building.”

In other words, it was a waste of a review.  Of course, Leverock’s still earned two-and-a-half stars from Laura, which means that seafood shack is on par with, oh, let’s say, 400 Beach Drive, which, I also despise, but is housed in a stunning environment overlooking Straub Park and the waterfront.  Instead of a service staff of ol’ burnouts splitting time with the Waffle House, 400 Beach Drive has a young, savvy staff.  And, of course, the menu at 400 Beach Drive was designed by one of the preeminent chefs in Tampa Bay, Tyson Grant, who built an offering of incredibly fresh ingredients.  Yet, both restaurants received the same rating?

If you had to spend $50 on dinner, where would you dine: Leverock’s or 400 Beach Drive?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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