Winner: Tampa’s streetcar.
It hasn’t always been a smooth ride, but the city’s venerable streetcar celebrated its 20th anniversary. Criticized by some initially as a waste of money, the streetcar has developed quite a following. It has served more than 1.1 million riders this year.
Loser: Ken Welch.
The Tampa Bay Times took St. Petersburg’s Mayor to task over his work habits. The Times reported that since his inauguration on Jan. 6 and through Sept. 7, Welch showed up in his office 34.3% of those days. The Times checked the number of times Welch swiped his City Hall key card.
– Joe Henderson, Extensive Enterprises Media