Mitch Perry Report 5.25.12 - Hello Summer

Welcome to Memorial Day weekend, the mythical beginning of summer in the U.S. With temperatures set to hit 93 degrees in Tampa today, we're inching closer to the weather patterns that will remain constant in the region until at least late October right now, minus the intense humidity - for now, thankfully.

So what else is new? The city of Tampa announced yesterday that those couples who want to register for the city's Domestic Partnership Registry can begin doing so in exactly a month from today - June 25.

For the first time since Monday, the Tampa Bay Times doesn't have a Rob Turner story on A-1. Today the story is in B-3, if you will, tucked inside the Tampa metro section. The news there is what CL predicted a couple of days ago - that Hillsborough GOP power broker is working his rolodex to find a viable Republican who will challenge Turner in his primary election this August.

And in sports: a week ago some of the legions of Miami Heat haters were feeling optimistic that the NBA's most hyped team was about to be humbled for the second straight year. But since then their two studs -Dwyane Wade and LeBron James - manned up so to speak, and the Heat whipped the Indiana Pacers in three straight games, ending that series last night in Indy. Next up for the Heat is the winner of tomorrow's Boston/Philly game in the Eastern Finals that begin on Memorial Day.

In the news..lots of folks stormed the gates of City Hall in Tampa yesterday, freaked out that the City Council was about to ban those under 21 from entering nightclubs in the city. With the exception of some anti-drinking advocates, everyone else who went before the Council said they would kill nightlife as it exists in Ybor City if they were to create that proposal, which is by no means certain that they will.

Voting rights groups want the state of Florida to end their purge of non-citizen voters right now, saying they don't trust their methods.

And though it's still more than five months away, it' s never too early to be looking at what Floridians will be voting on in November - such as Amendment Six. CL's Arielle Stevenson has that story.