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Mayor Bob Buckhorn grows in oratory, big themes for Tampa

Look for Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to hit on big themes for his State of the City address Tuesday morning.

Crafting a vision for the city, Buckhorn drew a standing ovation earlier this month when he gave the keynote speech at the United Way Bridges Leadership Luncheon. Some of the stories he shared represented familiar parts of his past speeches, but it appears he's delivering the passages with more verve.

And dare I say — swagger.

At the same time, he issues challenges and doesn't deny the problems facing the city. In short, Buckhorn continues to grow as an orator. Tuesday will be interesting. …

Expect emotional tributes and touching speeches when the Hillsborough County Women's Hall of Fame inducts Juel Shannon Smith, Dottie Berger and the late Deanne Roberts at a Thursday luncheon at the Tampa Convention Center. All three are more than deserving. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Speak Your Mind, Even If Your Voice Shakes. …

Pondering Bill Foster's chances of re-election as St. Petersburg mayor remains popular, but remember: An incumbent mayor in the city has never lost a re-election bid. …

Columbia Restaurant Group president Richard Gonzmart offered remarks when he gathered folks for the "second anniversary" of his 30th birthday last week. He could have reflected on his business successes but opted instead to speak of family, friends and childhood moments that shaped his life.

The fact he didn't reflect on his business successes or boast about his achievements says more of the man than any words.

That's all I'm saying.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn grows in oratory, big themes for Tampa 03/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 6:56pm]
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