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Pam Iorio comes to Tiger Bay

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Every day, thousands cross between our two counties to live and work. And while we often host those who govern our home turf, it’s time to invite Tampa’s popular and powerful leader, Mayor Pam Iorio, into the Den. Approaching the end of her time in the Mayor’s office, she has had a largely successful run. Her popularity has remained high as she focused on “nuts and bolts” issues such as infrastructure repair, code enforcement, and crime prevention. Some even mention her as a logical “county manager” should that elected position be created by Hillsborough voters. Yet she still faces many challenges. Does Tampa need a private convention center to compete with the city-owned facility, as is being proposed? Will she push for the new taxes or fees surely required to build the regional rail system she so strongly supports? Did she do enough to fix the “behavior problems” visited upon homeowners by ever-growing Gasparilla Day crowds? Where does she see the future of her city, and its relations with St. Petersburg? Why didn’t Iorio run for statewide office in 2010 given her widespread support among Democrats? And where does she see herself landing next? Please join your fellow tigers for this historic visit from across the pond.

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.

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