Ask yourself this, if the sidewalk in front of your house was cracked and you had to call one company to repair it, who would you call…Bill Edwards Sidewalk Repair Company or Bill Foster Sidewalk Repair Company?
If there was a pothole in your alley and you called City Hall to come fill it, who would you want to answer the phone…Bill Edwards or Bill Foster?
If your home was, God forbid, on fire and you’ve called 911, who would you want driving the fire truck…Bill Edwards or Bill Foster?
In other words, who knows how to get sh*t done? Bill Edwards or Bill Foster?
Bill Foster is the mayor who can’t shoot straight. He’s shown no leadership on the issue of designing a new St. Petersburg Pier. He’s shown no leadership on the issue of building a new headquarters for the Police Department. He’s buried his head in the sand rather than deal with the issue of a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Like City Council Chairwoman Leslie Curran recently remarked, he’s a “non-entity.”
Meanwhile, Bill Edwards is everywhere. He’s rebuilding BayWalk. He’s restored the Mahaffey Theater. He’s planning for the Republican National Convention.
Edwards is charitable in both large and small ways.
And today, he offered $600,000 for a sign welcoming visitors to St. Petersburg. The vertical sign would read, “St. Petersburg Welcomes You.”
Maybe it will read, one day, in small letters underneath, “Mayor Bill Edwards.”
Why not? Where the current mayor displays vacillation, Bill Edwards is demonstrating an infectious can-do attitude that reminds many of, well, Rick Baker.
And it’s not just because Edwards is wealthy. There are a lot of wealthy folks in St. Pete and most of them are only good at whatever it is that made them wealthy in the first place. There are also a lot of wealthy people who believe their wealth allows them to impose their horrible, nouveau riche worldview on the rest of us.
That certainly is not the case with Edwards.
So let him be the one to build a new headquarters for the Police Department. So what if there are ads for the next Cee Lo concert on the side of police cruisers.
Put Edwards in charge of the fire department and let him settle the EMS funding issue. So what if paramedics have to work at BayWalk one day of the week.
Give Edwards free reign over the parks and waterfront…oh wait, the city already has done that. How about we let Edwards negotiate with Stu Sternberg about where the Rays stadium should be built? The situation can’t get any worse than it is under Bill Foster.
I say, let Bill Edwards do it all. Someone convince the guy to run for Mayor next year.
After all, City Hall would make a helluva place for a Cee Lo concert.