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Mike Deeson: If I were king — I would end The Pier project immediately

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Although there has been some kind of Pier project in downtown St. Pete since the late 1800s, the city has changed, and the Pier is not needed. When I first moved to Tampa Bay 35 years ago, downtown was anything but vibrant. The Vinoy, now a crown jewel, was closed, full of broken windows and in search of a developer. Young people didn’t seek downtown as a destination. The only things the drew people was Spring Training and the inverted…

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My latest crush, Nicole Vaidistova

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The German-born, Florida-based Czech Nicole Vaidistova has drawn comparisons to Maria Sharapova, who was 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004. Nicole Vaidistova pulled off her second successive shocker at Roland Garros, beating Williams 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3 to earn her first Grand Slam semifinal berth. I met Nicole last year at The Vinoy and I knew then that she would be my new favorite. What’s better than a six-foot, blonde Eastern European girl (just like my loves Sasha and…

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