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Today on Context Florida: Relativity & the GOP, the best leap and new Martin row houses

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Today on Context Florida:

The race for the Republican presidential nomination is a dilemma of who might do the least harm rather than the most good, says Martin Dyckman. It’s stretching relativity to the breaking point. In Ike’s day, it was unthinkable for any serious Republican candidate to propose policies that would engorge the national debt. But the leading Republican candidate would do just that, cloaking his demagogic opportunism in a veneer of tax cuts for everyone.

Traci Evison writes that the best leap of her life could be yours, too. She recently gave herself a tandem skydiving jump to celebrate her 40th birthday. If you feel like you have hit a certain age and missed these things, and have an extensive bucket list of ever-growing wishes, then Evison suggests that jumping out of an airplane may be just the thing you need.

A proposed new gated community of 92 upscale “row houses,” priced from the high $200s to the middle $300,000s, has south Martin County residents talking, says Sally Swartz. Some wonder whether expensive row houses belong in a CRA. Others worry that plopping a fancy gated community next to a neighborhood faced with challenges is asking for trouble. Banner Lake has had problems with drugs. Some 30-year residents remain in the historic community, but other longtime residents have fled to safer neighborhoods.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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