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How Not To Run A Major Florida City

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It was Election Day in St. Pete yesterday, with a vote for "The Lens" and a mayoral primary.


The Lens, a replacement for the city's fading landmark pier, went down to defeat, with 63% voting against the project:


Perhaps not unrelated, incumbent mayor Bill Foster squeaked by his nearest rival, 41-39% and will face a runoff.


St. Pete is also facing the possible loss of the Rays to Hillsborough County across the Bay.


The takeaway for those of us in Orlando is to appreciate how much more effective our leadership seems to be when it comes to major projects. St. Pete was late to switch to a strong-mayor form of government and it shows. Meanwhile, Orlando's mayors, including incumbent Buddy Dyer, seem able to move not only the city but often the entire central Florida region toward desired goals with much more success.

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