Sh*t Happened 8/4/17: Potential Pier price hike, #wastewatergate continues, you can be a junkie or a parent but not both

Oh, and slow that boat down while you're at it.

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Ya gotta get to it to get through it.

The St. Pete City Council voted to change its end of a proposed partnership with Pinellas County for funding the Pier and surrounding area, potentially pushing the project's cost to $76 million. Did anybody else notice that not having an outrageously expensive downtown pier for the last two years hasn't exactly decimated the 'Burg's appeal? Just sayin'.

Speaking of St. Pete, are you tired of hearing news about sewage yet? TS. 3,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater leaked harmlessly into the ground in St. Pete yesterday after a pump failed. WHO'S TO BLAME?! A pump, apparently. Not a dude; a pump. Oh, and the sewer system that handles the city of St. Pete Beach was so overtaxed from the rains that residents were asked to conserve their personal water usage. We're all gonna drown in water we wouldn't brush our teeth with, I guess.

If there's one thing Tampa Bay loves more than craft beer, it's drinking tons of cheap non-craft beer and then boating irresponsibly. The problem is particularly bad around the Rocky Point/Ben T. Davis Beach area, so the Tampa City Council just voted to move forward on establishing a minimum wake zone on the south side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. Two guys that run a ramshackle mini-boat rental business that's totally not a front for dealing weed are bummed.

And finally, this year's big trend in head-shakingly sad and/or rage-inducing crime continues to be shooting or snorting opioids until passing out or OD'ing while ostensibly caring for a child. Humanity: WTF, humanity?

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