1st big poll on Rick Scott as governor says he's only got a 35% approval rating; Mayor Iorio calls for internal review of water bill situation; criminologists question Bill Foster's decision to raze Lacy home last week: Mitch Perry Report 2.2.11

Local mayors under fire?

Who knows if St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster will get any blowback from the article out today in the St. Pete Times that seriously questions his decision to raze the crime scene that was the home of Hydra Lacy Jr. last week?  That came after the shootout there ended with Lacy and two St. Pete Police officers dying.  But it's worth understanding why criminologists are questioning the mayor's decision.

Mayor Pam Iorio is trying to head off dissension in some Tampa households over the controversy over the huge water bills some residents have received in recent weeks, and the lack of friendly customer service from the city's water department, which is why she's calling for her own internal investigation — but will it be enough?

Rick Scott's favorability ratings, according to a Quinnipiac poll out this morning, are only in the 30's, but we take a look at the part of the poll where the public apparently feels it's A-OK that this very private man in a very public job can continue to blow off the media.

We hate to bury this story since we spent hours covering and writing about it last night, but there was a big candidates forum for Tampa City Council candidates in 5 of the  7 races taking place on March 1.  Here's our complete report.

And here's a short piece on Stanley Gloster, who has just dropped out of the District 5 City Council race.

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