Policy-violating transit chief fired by his board in policy-violating meeting

At a special meeting yesterday, HART’s board of directors fired its $210,000 per year CEO Ben Limmer for violating several HART policies. The firing was “for cause,” meaning that Limmer will not get the severance pay his contract calls for. However, that special meeting itself violated HART policy, which means that any official action taken…

Vinik’s transit tax promoter claims voters wanted minimal oversight

During a panel discussion yesterday, All For Transportation (AFT) President Tyler Hudson claimed that voters only wanted “some modicum of oversight” for the $16 billion sales tax increase he helped pass in Hillsborough County in 2018. The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of “modicum” is “a small portion : a limited quantity.” AFT’s tax hike effort to…

Convicted felon is main money draw at Hillborough Sheriff election fundraiser

“There’s no media allowed, Bubba,” Anthony Pedicini told the Guardian reporter (whose name was not Bubba)  after the reporter has introduced himself by name. “You want to come in, you write a check for the event,” Pedicini continued. Chronister himself attended this event, an event which promised attendees pictures of themselves with a convicted felon…

PSTA didn’t tell its board BRT project not in next federal budget

PSTA’s Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (CABRT) project has received another setback. The project will not be funded in the federal FY2020 budget. That information reached PSTA in March, yet no mention of it was made in a “Central Ave BRT Funding Plan” presentation given by PSTA’s Chief Development Officer Cassandra Borchers at last month’s…

Vinik repeatedly failed to register his corporation, violating Florida law

Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has violated Florida law every year since he purchased the team by not registering the out-of-state corporation that owns the team with the State of Florida. In doing so, Vinik has avoided paying annual fees and also not had to meet disclosure requirements. Vinik is the Chairman and sole person controlling…

State calls Robert Kraft “massage” video obscene and pornographic

In a court filing released this morning, Florida state attorney Dave Aronberg’s office labeled the video of New England Patriots Robert Kraft allegedly receiving paid sexual services as “obscene” and “pornographic.” In other words, and quite notably: in the official opinion of the state attorney for Florida’s 15th judicial district, the video of Robert Kraft’s…

PSTA misleads the Feds, misleads the Tampa Bay Times, annoys beach city

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) is once again attracting negative press. The Tampa Bay Times reported last week that PSTA misled the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) about local financial support for the so-called Central Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (CABRT) project. Specifically, PSTA put forth a financial plan to the FTA which included the City…