On Tuesday, Mayor Bob, on the heels of turning the Hillsborough River green for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, has decided to explain the state of our city from inside the old Kress building downtown in the mayor’s annual state of the city report.
I wondered if talking about the condition of the Big Guava from inside a long-shut down five and dime store might be a hint that belt tightening is on the way.
But no, the mayor said he only was trying to draw a little attention to the building Samuel Kress put up in 1929. “We’re trying to draw attention to buildings like this, hoping developers might be creative, like we are doing with the federal courthouse, ‘’ he said.
The mayor is right on, on this one. Everyone loves the great façade of the Kress, which Sam Kress eighty-odd years ago admitted was as much a desire to bring art to the community as a retail store. Preservation efforts such as the hotel going into the courthouse, the Tampa Theatre and the magnificent restoration of the Floridan Hotel are giving the downtown real character.
“The Tampa City Trotskyites view the citizenry of unincorporated Hillsborough as part of their Kolchosen that should be more than willing to pony up any amount of taxes to fund streetcars to nowhere, for the prestige of their fair epicenter. … Yeah, Steve, the people in unincorporated Hillsborough have seen and heard, and noted and ignored, the Hillsborough’s Professor Hills and his Music Men too many times; and, oh by the way, we have a HARTline bus in Sun City Center – but no bus station – another sad tale. — Jim Harkins, founder, South County Roundtable”