Category Archives: News

October 14 – County Commission and City Council

October 14 – County Commission and City Council Due to some scheduling conflicts, we’ve made some additions to our October 14th program. Tampa Tiger Bay Club will host two candidates for Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (Jeff Zampitella and Pat Kemp) and five candidates for Tampa City Council (Avis Harrison, Cyril Spiro, Gene Siudut, Jim […]

September 2 – Hillsborough State Attorney

Hillsborough State Attorney On September 2nd at noon at the Ferguson Law Center, Tampa Tiger Bay Club welcomes in candidates for Hillsborough County State Attorney! This program will be recorded and ultimately aired on the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network! You can RSVP for this exciting event here! Don’t be a spectator, be a Tiger!The State Attorney is […]

Jeff Vinik says it’s no sure thing that MOSI will move downtown

September speaker Jeff Vinik with Commissioner Keven Beckner following Beckner’s introduction of Vinik. President Adam L. Bantner, II in the background. By Mitch Perry – Sep 18, 2015 After their dramatic unveiling of their billion-dollar project to redevelop 40 acres of real estate in the Channelside District last December, Jeffrey Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners group has been […]

Racial relations

July 22, 2015, The Tampa Bay Times By William March Black community leaders discussing race relations at last week’s Tampa Tiger Bay Club event took some shots at Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the controversial bicycle enforcement policy in black neighborhoods. Samuel Wright, an education activist and former University of South Florida administrator, said Buckhorn has suffered […]

Public scrutiny sparks conversation about racial tensions in Tampa

(Caption: Panelists discuss how racial tensions are rising in Tampa and nationwide. Pictured (from left to right): William Z. Knowles, Dr. Joan Holmes, Dr. Samuel Wright and Stanley Grey.) From Creative Loafing  by Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy July 19, 2015 A panel of experts addressed around 100 members of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club on Friday afternoon to open […]

Chris Ingram brings the Tiger Bay Club back to relevance.

By Mitch Perry, June 2015 St. Peters Blog At its best, Tiger Bay Club forums held throughout the state can provide a valuable public service as a place where the public can interact with lawmakers, political candidates, activists and journalists who are asked to participate each month. Depending on the topic or the featured speaker, however, these same […]


Mitch Perry, May 22, 2015 Tampa Bay area state legislators Tom Lee and Daryl Rouson took center court at todays’ Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting, where again the Legislature’s divide on health care drove the debate. Lee, a Senate Republican, represents Brandon in Tallahassee, while Rouson’s House District is comprises good chunk of South Pinellas County, but bizarrely also includes […]

Going bipartisan

By William March, May 20, 2015 Tampa Bay Times Tiger Bay Clubs, bipartisan political discussion groups that pride themselves on lobbing tough questions at public officials, are a significant source of political news in Florida. But the Tampa club has long been smaller and less influential than its St. Pete counterpart, the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. […]

GOP consultant at Tampa Tiger Bay admits that negative advertising helps suppress the vote

By Mitch Perry – St.Petersblog Apr 24, 2015 Although most people decry negative advertising in political campaigns, strategists say they work, which is why no matter how odious it is to the average voter, it’s not going away anytime soon. Whether that’s accurate or not, one veteran Florida Republican political strategist admitted at Friday’s Tampa Tiger Bay Club […]