CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall President and CEO Zev Buffman said the city’s $50 million Imagine Clearwater waterfront redevelopment project has blown a chance to fill a gaping void in the Tampa Bay market.There is no boutique, outdoor amphitheater here like in St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Orlando or Dallas, where 5,000 to 10,000 fans, most under an awning, can watch top acts against a setting sun. But instead of building a modern pavilion, the city’s latest version of early design plans shown publicly this week call for a simple $3 million band shell with no overhang to cover patrons, similar to the existing structure in Coachman Park. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Buffman said without the key awning feature covering at least 4,000 seats, the bandshell is "a waste of time and money" and a "nonstarter," enough to make him pledge to no longer book Ruth Eckerd’s signature concerts in the unfeasible waterfront venue. "What they are building is a band … [Read more...] about Ruth Eckerd CEO: Clearwater is blowing an opportunity with band shell
By Greg Morago Updated 9:27 am CDT, Thursday, August 23, 2018 A boiled seafood platter at Dallas-based Shell Shack's new location on Washington Avenue sits surrounded by calamari and fried shrimp. A boiled seafood platter at Dallas-based Shell Shack's new location on Washington Avenue sits surrounded by calamari and fried shrimp. Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Staff Photographer The Date Night platter at Dallas-based Shell Shack's new location on Washington Avenue has one pound of snow crab, one pound of boiled shrimp, one pound of king crab, four pieces of corn, six potatoes and six pieces of sausage. The seafood dinner is brought to the table in a seasoning bag. less The Date Night platter at Dallas-based Shell Shack's new location on Washington Avenue has one pound of snow crab, one pound of boiled shrimp, one pound of king crab, four pieces of corn, six potatoes and ... more … [Read more...] about First look: Shell Shack Houston
(WTNH) - Republican Bob Stefanowski is firing back at Democrat Ned Lamont, saying Lamont's pledge to lower property taxes is a "shell game."Lamont and Democratic surrogates have been attacking Stefanowski's plan to cut and eventually eliminate the income tax for the past 24 hours.Stefanowski, who pretty much thumbed his nose at the Republican establishment by avoiding the nominating convention, is the first candidate for Governor to get on the ballot by the petition process.Despite this outsider approach, he says his meeting with Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano and the rest of the ticket Tuesday went well and that everyone is together.Related Content: Lamont calls Stefanowski tax plan 'voodoo economics'Stefanowski says he does not feel that his Twitter endorsement by President Trump has been, in any way, tarnished by the admission by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen that Cohen violated federal campaign finance laws at Trump's direction. … [Read more...] about Stefanowski says Lamont playing ‘shell game’ with property tax cut proposal
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A new study by University of Kentucky researchers is examining whether peach pits and walnut shells can be used to create cheaper, longer lasting lithium ion batteries. The three-year project led by Jian Shi, assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will study whether lignin, a component of cell walls in woody plants and stone fruits, can be efficiently extracted and processed with silicon nanoparticles to form composite materials for battery electrodes. If successful, UK researchers are particularly interested in using the technology to produce batteries for cell phones and electric cars. “The plant-derived materials could make these batteries last five times longer than they do now,” said Shi, a faculty member in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. “It’s cool to think that we could convert lignin, a waste from agricultural residue, to new materials that greatly improve battery … [Read more...] about Can peach pits, walnut shells power your cell phone?
For the first time in the history of the rivalry, the Battle of Old Shell Road will kick off the prep football season. St. Paul's will host rival UMS-Wright on Friday in battle of reigning state champs. The Saints won the Class 5A title in 2017, while UMS won the 4A crown. "I think we are all just ready to play at this point," St. Paul's coach Steve Mask said. "Everyone wants to see what they have. You don't really know until you play someone else. Sometimes in practice I think we've got a chance to be pretty good. Sometimes I think we might not win a game. We'll see. "It's been a long summer. It's time to play." The summer has seemed longer than normal, in part, due to St. Paul's legal battle with the Alabama High School Athletic Association. The Saints sued the AHSAA in May, seeking an injunction against the newly implemented competitive balance rule. The CBF, approved by the Central Board last November, forces private school teams that achieve a certain level of success in a … [Read more...] about ‘It’s time to play:’ St. Paul’s, UMS-Wright set for rare Old Shell opener