Mitch Perry Report 3.16.12 - Hillsborough's River goes Green

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day tomorrow in Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host what city officials are calling a "River O' Green" Fest" out at Curtis Hixon Park all day, beginning at 10 a.m.That's when city officials will dye the Hillsborough River kelly green between the Cass Street and Kennedy Bridges, an annual ritual made famous in Chicago each March 17 (although I admit I never knew of this until I saw the 1993 film "The Fugitive.")

There was lots happening with Tampa city government yesterday. The big headlines in today's local papers is the unanimous passage of a Domestic Partner Registry. In fact, that was less controversial than discussion about possibly changing an ordinance allowing chickens to be raised domestically by local residents.

We also got an update on what might be happening later this year at Guavaween in Ybor.

And the Council also joined a growing list of nearly 60 local city or county governments around the state in approving a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment reversing the Citizens United Supreme Court decision from 2010. You know, the ruling that prompted Mitt Romney to angrily call out a protester in Iowa last summer that "people are corporations, my friend!" (link to come).

And we want to bring to your attention a piece in the current CL by contributor Kate Bradshaw on Neil Cosentino and what some are calling his quixotic attempt to save (once again) the Friendship Trail Bridge from being razed.