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John Romano, Times Columnist

John Romano, Times Columnist

Records have been destroyed and witnesses have gone missing, but Tampa Bay Times metro columnist John Romano would have you believe he was a product of the Pinellas County school system and the University of South Florida. He worked at the Evening Independent and the Palm Beach Post before being hired in the Times' sports department in 1985. Showing a remarkable lack of staying power, he has worked on beats covering USF, the University of Florida, Orlando Magic, Buccaneers and Rays before succeeding Hubert Mizell as a columnist in 2001. He became the metro columnist in 2012.



How fast is too fast to raise the minimum wage? St. Pete might be about to find out

Say this about St. Petersburgís City Council members:Their hearts are in the right place.Itís their math thatís askew.The councilís budget, finance and taxation committee voted unanimously last week to move forward with a...
Updated: 6 hours ago

John Romano: Hereís to the politicians who only defend certain parts of their beloved Constitution

Sometimes, the truth is in the silence.You can learn more by what a person does not say than when they are shouting from a mountaintop. Or so it seems when it comes to Florida politicians.Take, for instance, the question of the U.S.
Published: 10/15/17
MONICA HERNDON   |   Times (2016)
City Council vice chair Amy Foster is seen Saturday January 2, 2016 at City Hall in Downtown St. Petersburg.

Romano: Can City Hall really change the world?

Good day to you, Justice Ginsburg.You too, Chief Justice Roberts.And particularly you, Justice Kennedy.I realize getting an audience with the U.S. Supreme Court is rare, but I thought you should know the St. Petersburg City...
Published: 10/07/17
Personal injury lawyer John Morgan speaks to guests of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club luncheon at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, April 21, 2017. Times (2017)

Romano: Drunk, fat and shrewd is one way to win the Governorís Mansion in Florida

One of the more intriguing candidates for governor has an unapologetic love affair with booze.Heís filthy rich, and not ashamed to remind you of that. On his best days he can be a charming SOB, and on his worst he can be an annoying one. He...
Updated one month ago

Romano: Sure, letís trust a board with no professionalism, transparency or ethics

So, if youíve been following the bureaucratic carnage:The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board operated as a rogue operation, homeowners were given lip service and their complaints were ignored, and the paper trail was so fouled up that...
Updated one month ago

Romano: The choice does not have to be poverty or gentrification

The memories must be protected. The music and the lore, too.On the other hand, the rent is due and jobs are scarce.And that, in a nutshell, is the conundrum of the Manhattan Casino and the proposed Commerce Park project along 22nd Street...
Updated one month ago

Romano: One person, one vote is not really accurate when it comes to Florida

One person, one vote is not really accurate when it comes to Florida By John Romano, Tampa Bay Times ColumnistImagine this:Your mail-in ballot for the St. Petersburg mayoral election has just arrived. According to the fine print,...
Updated one month ago

Romano: One person, one vote is not really accurate when it comes to Florida

Imagine this:Your mail-in ballot for the St. Petersburg mayoral election has just arrived. According to the fine print, if you live on the west side of the city, your ballot will count as one vote. Meanwhile, a ballot in St. Peteís northeast...
Updated one month ago

Romano: One person, one vote is not really accurate when it comes to Florida

Imagine this:Your mail-in ballot for the St. Petersburg mayoral election has just arrived. According to the fine print, if you live on the west side of the city, your ballot will count as one vote. Meanwhile, a ballot in St. Peteís northeast...
Updated one month ago

Romano: One person, one vote is not really accurate when it comes to Florida

Imagine this:Your mail-in ballot for the St. Petersburg mayoral election has just arrived. According to the fine print, if you live on the west side of the city, your ballot will count as one vote. Meanwhile, a ballot in St. Peteís northeast...
Updated one month ago