Best Of 2005

BEST FRIENDS OF ARTS IN POLITICAL OFFICE: Tampa City Councilperson Linda Saul-Sena and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kathy Castor

Saul-Sena continued her commitment to arts and culture in Tampa this year by standing up for Kiley Park, listening to the arts community and voting for creative development at every opportunity. And at the Hillsborough County Commission, what ought to seem like logic rather than heroics counts as a momentous historic vote: Kathy Castor was the only one of our elected commissioners to vote against the ban on gay pride. Come on, we all know that a vote in support of gay pride is a vote for the arts. -Mary Mulhern