Miami Blinks in Homeless Standoff; St. Pete Trying Hard

The Miami city commissioners yesterday suddenly turned soft on their proposed shanty-clearing law that would allow them to tear down the homeless demonstration in Liberty City. Instead, the commissioners will, get this, help the participants. St. Petersburg has been trying that approach at its own tent city demonstration for the past two weeks but has found that compassion has its limits, in that if you hand out temporary housing vouchers, someplace with beds has to agree to accept them. A Nat'l Alliance to End Homelessness this week said the F State has the 3rd biggest homeless problem (intelligently guessing about 61,000, after Calif and NY), with a recent factor being a bump down in "affordable housing" in this era of rising prices. [Miami Herald] [BayNews9.com] [Associated Press via WPLG-TV (Miami)]

And Will Disney Blink in Its Standoff with Florida Hotels?
Lots of Florida hotels are ticked this week after the Mouse announced it would stop supplying brochures for those lobby displays (seeing as how its market research showed that Walt Disney World is, sniff, a destination and not an impulse buy). The hotels' main complaint is that their personnel can no longer deflect their guests' annoying questions about Disney ("Uhhh, how do you get there?") by referring them to the brochures in the lobby. [Orlando Sentinel]

Follow-Up
Yr Editor had it all wrong on Tuesday [The F State, 1-9-2007]: The crisis in Brooksville isn't "petty" at all, now that one of the principals, human relations director Ron Baker, has spoken (to the St. Petersburg Times). Baker said he knows that Brooksville's Alpha Male, police chief Ed Tincher (a married man), was nailing a City Hall secretary. Baker and the Times say it's either a true fact, or one of those rumors that practically everyone in the building accepts. Baker said that when he spoke up, Tincher cracked down, charging him with a drug felony because he passed a Xanax to a co-worker who was having a hard time. Said Baker, Tincher's had way too much power for way too long. [St. Petersburg Times]

Floridians With Worse Sex Lives Than You

He's a pretty messed-up guy, all right, but jeez, it's a garden-variety coach-pervert case (as far as Florida perverts go, anyway), and yet the journalistically pious St. Petersburg Times slapped it onto page 1, above the fold. Best guess on its unique news value: He's a man with the given name "Kimberly." Allegedly, he got his kicks having girls on his swim team try on new swimsuits in his office, where he had a camera set up. Here's a link to the Tampa Tribune story (where it appeared, properly, on page 2 of the metro section). [Tampa Tribune]

More Things To Worry About Today
Two more of the state prison guards busted last yr for trading contraband for sex in a women's lockup were sentenced to 12 months each in the slammer, where, as ex-guards, they'll get lots of offers of sex [WJXT-TV (Jacksonville)] . . . . . Here's yet another amateur bee-remover in the town of Cape Coral: Foggers plus WD-40 plus mulch plus high winds, and you've got a house fire (which, actually, killed all the bees), but next time, he said he'll call in the professionals [Fort Myers News-Press] [previously, The F State, 1-9-2007] . . . . . Suspicious powder was found at two south Florida courthouses, unusual for two reasons (first, it wasn't cocaine, and second, one dusting was "tellurium," whose presence is inexplicable, in that it's too weak to terrorize) [South Florida Sun-Sentinel] . . . . . A 7-yr-old in Seffner (near Tampa) was actually arrested for tossing a book bag at an older kid; prosecutors told deputies not to arrest him, but the kid's own mother said it was OK with her [St. Petersburg Times] . . . . . Deputies arrested 18 people in raids at 16 marijuana grow houses that netted about 2,000 plants in Polk County (just so you don't think Polk is a one-trick methamphetamine pony) [WKMG-TV (Orlando)] . . . . . Alleged shoplifter in training, needs more work: A 14-yr-old Jacksonville boy asks a Wal-Mart clerk for a bandage for his bloody finger, which, it turns out, he got cutting himself trying to open that impervious plastic casing (around a b-b-gun) [WJXT-TV (Jacksonville)]

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