There was lots to cheer for around the Bay area this weekend; there was also lots to shake your head about while muttering dark things about the future of mankind.
FRIDAY, MARCH 10:
Excellent Safety Harbor craft brewery Crooked Thumb could be imperiled due to what amounts to little more than a clerical error, in which one of the two public meetings on the property's rezoning wasn't adequately advertised by the city beforehand. So a very hip new destination business that unarguably brings money into the community that wouldn't be spent there otherwise could be in trouble because of minor bureaucratic oversight? We hope the incoming commission will act for the good of all involved.
A Bartow police officer was placed on administrative leave after she called Barack Obama a "gorilla" in a pseudonymous Facebook post. Even if it were possible to set such appalling racism aside for the sake of argument, isn't a law enforcement officer who doesn't know enough about social media to either steer clear or better hide their activities a not-very-good modern-day law enforcement officer? "Maybe she's just old-school," you might say. Well, yes. That she certainly is, if "old-school" is code for "racist" in this context, as it is in so many others.
A dude accidentally shot himself in an Oldsmar movie theater bathroom while trying to put his gun back in its holster after doing his business. "Deputies said... the man does have a valid concealed carry permit." THAT'S NOT REASSURING.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11:
Elsewhere in accidental-firearm-discharge news, a Tampa first responder shot his fiancee while retrieving his gun from the center console of the truck she was driving. This dude also has a concealed carry permit. I guess if you're gonna be unable to pick up a gun without it going off, you might as well be a paramedic, too; after all, that's almost as good as not accidentally shooting people in the first place.
A fire that broke out at the former site of Ybor Resort & Spa in the early hours of Saturday morning was ruled arson. Pretty much the opposite of relaxing, really.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12:
And finally, the two mega-huge sporting events happening in Pinellas County this weekend, the St. Pete Grand Prix and PGA Tour's Valspar Championship, were won by hometown resident Sebastien Bourdais and Canadian Adam Hadwin, respectively, in upsets. Comparatively small portions of the population with passionate niche interests at the very edges of what should rightly be considered sports are really, really stoked.