Hands Across the Sands goes national, figuring out what happens to John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena, and memo to Stu Sternberg: Glad to see you admit your first idea for a stadium was an error:Mitch Perry Report 6.25.10

Four months after Florida environmental activists held a state wide protest against offshore drilling near the Sunshine State, that action goes international tomorrow morning - with plenty of places along the Pinellas coast where one can stand in unison with others protesting the no longer potential fouling of our shores;  Somehow our post on the events got swallowed up by the Internet, but you can read a dispatch from one of the main organizers of tomorrow's events locally, the Sierra Club's Cathy Harrelson, here.

Tampa political reporters were busy yesterday with the stunning resignations of Tampa City Council Democrats John Dingfelder and Linda Saul-Sena after they blew the deadline in which they were supposed to submit their letters of resignation from their current positions while they aspire to the Hillsborough County Commission.  In our reporting we say that they could very well be kicked off the November ballot but then could get back on, based on what were informed of yesterday.  Could they somehow not make it on the ballot completely?  There may be some uncertainty there, though we'll stick to our headline that we published last night.  Hillsborough County Republicans say they are "looking into" challenging the status of Dingfelder and Saul-Sena.  Isn't this a no-brainer?  Why would you not challenge their status?  And does it even have to be the Republican party who challenges?  This saga will continue.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster spoke tersely to the St. Pete City Council yesterday regarding the Rays, and their owner's call for a new ballpark outside of downtown St. Pete.  CL contributor Arielle Stevenson files a report on that event, while we throw in our commentary. We're particularly heartened to learn that Rays owner Stu Sternberg thinks the new stadium should have air conditioning, as opposed to that bizarre idea from a few years ago.


the report here.

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