This (!) is how much the Tampa Bay Times hates me…

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Just when you think the feud between the Tampa Bay Times and my little ol’ blog has settled down, the newspaper does something horrible to make sure that the streets will run red.

What did the Times do this time? Well, it’s unbelievable what its done, I’ll tell you that. It’s certainly too much for me to bear.

The Times left our home, Winterrock, off its annual list of best holiday displays.

Oh, the humanity!

Reporters Andrew DeLong and Piper Castillo assembled a list of more than fifty homes in the Tampa Bay area worth driving to to see them all decked out for the holidays. The list is broken down by neighborhood. And that’s part of how I know the Times is purposefully snubbing us.

This is the description of the two homes in our neighborhood DeLong and Castillo recommend viewing:

Old Northeast, 346 14th Ave. NE. “The flowers are pretty and the decorations are festive. Santa Claus with a lit palm tree, lots of figurines, red plants. The neighborhood is special.”

Old Northeast, 4910 Bay St. NE, No. 208. “Our back yard has lots of displays, some are moving, and some back porches are lit with displays.”

In other words, an apartment’s display beat us out.

As for the first listing, this is what its display looked like Wednesday night:




That’s right. One of the two displays in our neighborhood the Times recommends driving by WASN’T EVEN LIT UP LAST NIGHT.

I leave my lights on — and my three 12-foot inflatables on — throughout the night. In the industry, this is called doing it Griswald-style.

Even if it that other display was on, however, how do four wreaths and a lit plan tree compare with a giant-sized Santa Claus???!!!

Hundreds of cars drive by our home each night to view the display. Children of all ages stop and take pictures with one of the two Mickey Mouse-themed displays. Our neighbors literally come up and thank us for sharing so much holiday spirit.

But the Times wants you to look in some apartment’s back yard for Christmas lights. It’s clear the reporters here aren’t thinking about the kids.

So long as this kind of injustice continues to come forth from that newspaper, there will never be peace.

Merry freakin’ Christmas!

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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.