Why is Dave Metz leaving City Hall…Is the Pier staying open…Why didn't Mayor Foster attend an anti-gun violence rally…and other random thoughts about the 'burg

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David DeCamp just broke the news that City Hall powerhouse Dave Metz is leaving Bill Foster’s administration not more than two months after Goliath Davis was forced out of his position. Both Metz and Foster are mum on why Metz is leaving city government. My conspiracy theory? Metz has never been thrilled with Foster’s on-and-off style of leadership and the decision to marginalize Metz protege Todd Yost was the last straw.

So is The Pier staying open or closing soon? In the same week, my friend Jon La Budde announces he is opening a restaurant at the Pier, but the Aquarium reveals that, after 23 years of operation, it is leaving the St. Petersburg landmark. As Linda Hersey opines:

ThePier Aquarium‘s departure is another blow for advocates hoping to preserve the Pier, as city officials consider plans for redeveloping the downtown waterfront site. The Aquarium serves as the centerpiece and anchor for shops and restaurants at the city Pier.

Established in 1988, The Pier Aquarium is a private, non-profit aquarium and marine education center. It showcases 17 tanks of live fish and other marine life and educational exhibits on the first and second floors. An outdoor marine laboratory and teaching unit, the Roy G. Harrell, Jr. Education Station, is located on the Pier approach.

When the Pier Aquarium leaves, so will many of the tourists and visitors who took part in marine-related activities hosted by the Aquarium.

In a city which has lost three police officers this year to shooting deaths, it sure would have been nice to see Mayor Bill Foster attendMayor’s Against Illegal Guns’ stop in downtown St. Pete this morning. Is gun violence not a big enough problem in St. Petersburg?

The bar at Bella Brava, once my favorite restaurant in town, is simply too loud. Miserably loud. The lack of a proper host stand is another design flaw which turns guests away. Sure, sure, my friends at Bella Brava, with their move to Beach Drive, pretty much a license to print money, so why should they worry?

Not enough people understand the concept of addition by subtraction, but the good folks at All Childrens’ Hospital seem to with their decision todemolish their old hospital and turn the site into green space.The hospital hasn’t had much use for the old building since moving into its $403 million facility a few blocks away. There are several building in St. Petersburg which, quite simply, will never be returned to their former glory and should be returned to green space. And, no, I’m not just talking about BayWalk.

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