5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times

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ICYMI: Sabrina Rocco features our wedding in her “Love Notes” column: Power brokers witness the proposal.

Steve Bousquet and Kim Wilmath offer some insight into the mind of Senator JD Alexander, the State Senator at the center of so many controversial legislative debates:

Soft-spoken and studious, the sandy-haired Polk County senator and grandson of citrus magnate Ben Hill Griffin Jr. has his own style. When he’s passionate about something, he fights for it. He doesn’t ask nicely. He doesn’t schmooze.

He wants what he wants when he wants it. “I stand up strong for things I believe in,” Alexander said.

We offer a corollary to this story, with an analysis of Alexander’s “audacious misdirection.”

“You see, once all of that energy has dissipated, once JD makes “concessions” on the budget, the air will go out of the balloon.  The fight and the attention will go somewhere else.  And that may be exactly what JD wants.  Exhaust your enemy’s resources in one area while pressing forward toward your true goal.  How very Sun Tzu of you, Senator.”

I’m going to write more about Sandra Gadsden‘s column about “the growing chorus of downtown residents are complaining about the late-night noise levels coming from the bars.”

There’s a lot of douchebaggery finding its way into St. Pete as a result of the (relative) success the city has enjoyed the last few years.  One of the important debates those of us who love the ‘burg will be having in the coming months and years will be how to make sure the city does not lose touch with what has made it so attractive and exciting.

Thank you to Gadsden for sounding the alarm.

Ernest Hooper is just so oblivious to the workings of the world, even when he’s on the right side of argument.  Hooper jumps on the #SaveUSF bandwagon, noting that “the momentum appears to be in USF’s favor with Gov. Rick Scott questioning the cuts as well as the move to immediately separate Lakeland’s USF Polytechnic. Maybe Scott knows when this region unites, it’s a force.”

Yeah, except Gov. Scott doesn’t even think Tampa Bay thinks of itself as a region.

Remember when Scott asked, “Does the region call itself the Tampa Bay region? Is that what it calls itself? The region does?”

Kudos to columnist Tom Jones for calling out his colleague in the media, Barry Melrose, for being the worst coach in the brief history of Tampa Bay sports.

My sit-down with Mitch Perry, covering a range of topics, is available here.  I’m pretty forthcoming of the long-road I have taken to get where I’ve arrived.  But the part is the riffing between Mitch and I; it makes for some pretty good radio.

Returning to the story about the sale of the land owned by Times Publishing Co., to make way for a 300 unit apartment complex, how can a newspaper which believes so much in transparency agree to a deal in which terms are not disclosed?

As reporter Katie Saunders remarked after surveying the reader comments on this story…”Wowza!”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.