Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

"Carving up" a politician for lunch since 1978!

Fang & Claw

Perhaps the most appealing benefit of membership is the ability to participate in Question & Answer sessions with our speakers. The coveted "Fang & Claw Award" is presented to the member at each meeting who "slashes through pretension and prevarication" with the toughest question of the day.

Fang & Claw Winners' Photo Gallery



Jim Gillespie

Tiger Bay member Jim Gillespie took home another Tiger for asking the panel on Disparate Sentencing and Prison Reform a question regarding reforming a system where bias is obvious.  The panel consisted of Senator Jeff Brandes, Senator Darryl Rouson, Glen Gilzean, President of Central Florida Urban League and Emily LeCoz, Herald Tribune.... Read more

Published: 07/14/17

Tiffany Faykus

Tiger Bay member Tiffany Faykus took home the Tiger at the March 24th luncheon - Immigrants, Migration and President Trumpheld at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  She asked the toughest question of the day regarding immigration and the cost to implement reforms.
Pictured left to right: CJ Czaia, Christian Ziegler, Tiffany Faykus, Todd Jennings... Read more

Published: 05/15/17

Susan McGrath

Tiger Bay member Susan McGrath took home the Tiger at the May 11, 2017 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.  Members of the Pinellas delegation were on hand to deliver a Legislative Updated moderated by Peter Schorsch.  Susan asked the delegates a question relating to the solution for local governments to offset the revenue loss associated with the homestead exemption ... Read more

Published: 05/11/17

Tom Dunn

Tiger Bay Past President Tom Dunn took home the Tiger at the April 26, 2017 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  The Honorable Rick Baker presented on the future of the Rowdies and the referendum.  Mr. Dunn asked the future of the franchise if Mr. Edwards was no longer able to lead or passes away.  ... Read more

Published: 04/26/17

Robert Sattin

Tiger Bay member Robert Sattin took home the Tiger at the April 6, 2017 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  The program topic of the day was Our International Relations under the Trump Administration.  He asked Ambassador Douglas McElhaney and William Pope a question regarding the impact of American government on the rest of the world.  
Pictured left to ... Read more

Published: 04/04/17

Susan McGrath 2-28-17

Tiger Bay Member Susan McGrath took home the Tiger at the February 28, 2017 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  Paul Tash was welcomed into the Tigers' Den that day and she asked him how he would respond to the Times endosement of City Council races.
... Read more

Published: 02/28/17

Kelly Kirschner 1-31-17

Tiger Bay Vice President Kelly Kirschner took home the Tiger at the January 31, 2017 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.  The 2017 State of the Bay featured St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos.  They were asked if they supported Sanctuary Cities?
Pictured left to right: Mayor George Cretekos, Mayor Rick Kr... Read more

Published: 01/31/17

Bob Safransky 12/2/16

Tiger Bay member Bob Safransky took home the Tiger at the December 2, 2016 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked the Panel of Business members from the Community what their reaction was to increased minimum wage, and mandatory health care.
Pictured from left to right: Bob Safransky, Carol Mickett (Moderator), Todd Jennings (Tiger Bay President), Leslie Curran (owner art ga... Read more

Published: 12/02/16

Gregory Wilson 10/13/16

Past President Gregory Wilson took home the Tiger at the October 13, 2016 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.  He asked the County Commission Candidates District 3 - "Do you consider Jack Latvala a career politician?"
Pictured left to right: Mike Mikurak, Gregory Wilson, Commissioner Charlie Justice, Commissioner Janet Long... Read more

Published: 10/13/16

Wendy Grassi 10/6/16

Tiger Bay member Wendy Grassi took home the Tiger at the October 6, 2016 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  She asked the Congressional Candidates for District 13 a question regarding their position on Planned Parenthood.
Pictured left to right: Governor Charlie Crist, Wendy Grassi, Commissioner Janet Long, Congressman David Jolly... Read more

Published: 10/06/16

Art O'Hara 9/28/16

Past President Art O'Hara took home the Tiger at the September 28, 2016 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked the candidates for Florida House Districts 66, 67 and 69 the toughest question of the day.  He asked the candidates if they were supporting their parties candidate for President.... Read more

Published: 09/28/16

Kelly Kirschner 8-3-16

Kelly Kirschner took home the Tiger at the August 3rd, 2016 Tiger Bay luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  Kelly asked the candidates for Pinellas County School Board the toughest question of the day. ... Read more

Published: 08/03/16

Tom Dunn 7/27/16

Past President Tom Dunn took home the Tiger at the July 27, 2016 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.  Tom asked the panel comprised of Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway and Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter - "what gun legislation could they support."
Pictured left to right: Chief Daniel Slaughter, Chief Tony Holloway, Commissioner Ja... Read more

Published: 07/27/16

Ken Welch 7/15/16

Commissioner Ken Welch took home the Tiger at the July 15th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked the candidates from Senate District 19 and House District 70 what the most important issue was in their district.... Read more

Published: 07/15/16

Joni James

Tiger Bay member Joni James took home the Tiger at the June 29th luncheon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  She asked the candidates for Florida House District 68 - where are they going to find the money in the budget for education issues?
Pictured left to right: JB Bensmihen, Eric Lynn, Todd Jennings, Ben Diamond, Joni James... Read more

Published: 06/29/16

Hal Freedman - 6-15-16

Tiger Bay member Hal Freedman took home the Tiger at the June 15th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked Professor Michael Allen- what happens to the Supreme Court in a tied presidential election?
Pictured left to right: Hal Freedman, Commisioner Janet Long, Professor Michael Allen... Read more

Published: 06/15/16

Carol Mickett

Tiger Bay Board Member Carol Mickett took home the Tiger at the May 27th Tiger Bay luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  She asked Whit Blanton, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization the toughest question of the day regarding the procedure from planning to implementation of all projects.
Pictured left to right: Commissioner Janet Long,  Carol Mickett, Wh... Read more

Published: 05/27/16

Ken Burke

Tiger Bay member Ken Burke took home the Tiger at the April 15th luncheon held at the St. Petesburg Yacht Club.  He asked Steven Vancore the wittiest question of the day regarding non-partisan voting turn out. 
Pictured left to right: Steven Vancore, Commissioner Janet Long, Ken Burke... Read more

Published: 04/15/16

Emma Turmarkin - Young Tiger - Osceola Fundamental High School

Young Tiger Emma Turmarkin from Osceola Fundamental High School took home the Tiger at the March 30th Legislative Wrap-up at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  She asked the delegation - "Do you always vote the party line?  If not, when?"
Pictured left to right: Representative Chris Latvala, Commissioner Janet Long, Representative Larry Ahern, Emma Turmarkin, Senator Jeff Brandes and Repres... Read more

Published: 03/30/16

Jake Hale - Young Tiger - Northeast High School

Young Tiger Jake Hale from Northeast High School took home the Tiger at the April March 16th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  Jake asked Adam Goodman and Steve Schale "Do you think young people know and understand what a socialist is?"
Pictured left to right: Adam Goodman, Young Tiger Jake Hale, Steve Schale, Commissioner Janet Long... Read more

Published: 03/16/16

Marilia Drusch

Tiger Bay member Marilia Drusch took home her first Tiger at the March 4th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  She asked Congressman Patrick Murphy his opinion on national security and cell phones now with the FBI and Apple. ... Read more

Published: 03/03/16

Adam Smith

Pictured left to right: Mayor Rick Kriseman, Adam Smith, Mayor Bob Buckhorn.Tiger Bay member Adam Smith took home the Tiger at the State of the Bay luncheon on January 8, 2016 held at the St. Pictured left to right: Mayor Rick Kriseman, Adam Smith, Mayor Bob Buckhorn.Petersburg Yacht Club. He asked Mayor Rick Kriseman and Mayor Bob Buckhorn the toughest question of the day regarding the Cuban consulate in their respective cities. Read more

Published: 01/07/16

Harvey Landress

Pictured left to right: Harvey Landress, Jeff Vinik, Commissioner Pat Gerard. — at Tiger Bay Lunch Programs.Tiger Bay member Harvey Landress took home the Tiger at the December 9, 2015 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. He asked Jeff Vinik the toughest question of the day. ... Read more

Published: 12/08/15

Dennis Ruppel

Pictured left to right: Dennis Ruppel, David Yates, Commissioner Pat Gerard. — at Tiger Bay Lunch Programs.Tiger Bay member Dennis Ruppel took home the Tiger at the November 18, 2015 luncheon held at the Holiday Inn N. St. Petersburg. He asked Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO David Yates the tougest question of the day related to traffic congestion in the neighborhoods surrounding the Aquarium. Read more

Published: 11/17/15

YT Jackson Gillette

Young Tiger Jackson Gillette from Largo High School took home the Tiger at the October 5, 2015 luncheon held at Banquet Masters. He asked Congressman David Jolly the toughest question of the day. Read more

Published: 10/04/15

Ken Welch

Pictured Left to Right: Representative Darryl Rouson, Commissioner Pat Gerard, Commissioner Ken WelchTiger Bay member Ken Welch took home the Tiger at the September 29th Tiger Bay luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked Representative Darryl Rouson, "if you were king for a day, how would you fix the dysfunctional Florida House and US House of Representatives?"... Read more

Published: 09/28/15

Leonard Schmiege

Pictured left to right: Leonard Schmiege, Michael Allen, Commissioner Pat GerardTiger Bay member Leonard Schmiege took home the Tiger at the August 27th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked Professor Michael Allen the toughest question of the day regarding SCOTUS's Same Sex Ruling - What it Means for the Future.
Pictured left to right: Leonard Schmiege, Michael Allen, Commissioner Pat Gerard... Read more

Published: 08/26/15

Gregory Wilson

 Pictured left to right, Commissioner Pat Gerard, Brian Auld, Gregory Wilson.Past President Gregory Wilson took home the Tiger at the July 24th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked Brian Auld with the Tampa Bay Rays, "the impact of the District 7 City Council race on the Rays Stadium". ... Read more

Published: 07/23/15

Bob Dillinger

Tiger Bay member Bob Dillinger took home the Tiger at the June 25th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for asking the toughest question of the day to the speaker Jack Levine.... Read more

Published: 06/24/15

Gary Stempinski

Past President Gary Stempinski took home the Tiger at the June 11, 2015 luncheon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked Sheriff Bob Gualtieri what his political ambitions are for the future?... Read more

Published: 06/21/15

Kim Black

Pictured left to right, Commissioner Pat Gerard, Kim Black and Steve BousquetTiger Bay member Kim Black took home the Tiger at the May 8th Legislative Wrap-up held at Banquet Masters.  She asked Steve Bousquet, how does the speaker regain trust.  Pictured left to right, Commissioner Pat Gerard, Kim Black and Steve Bousquet... Read more

Published: 05/07/15

Gary Hartfield

New member Gary Hartfield took home the Tiger at the April 16th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked Joe Lopano, Tampa International Airport CEO, how is TIA reinvesting in the community and how much of the master plan for the new TIA is original design.... Read more

Published: 04/16/15

Anne McMullen

Pictured Left to Right: Anne McMullen, Mark Woodard, Pat GerardPast President Anne McMullen took home the Tiger at the February 12, 2015 luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  She asked County Administrator Mark Woodard how prepared the County is for the next financial recession.  Pictured Left to Right: Anne McMullen, Mark Woodard, Pat Gerard... Read more

Published: 02/11/15

Gregory Wilson

Tiger Bay Past President Gregory Wilson took home the Tiger at the January 21st Luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for asking Police Chief Anthony Holloway the toughest question of the day regarding his leadership for the City of St. Petersburg Police Department.... Read more

Published: 01/20/15

Hal Freedman

Tiger Bay member Hal Freedman (R) took home the Tiger at the luncheon held on January 8, 2015 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for asking St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (L), what will he (Kriseman) do if the Pier selection goes to referendum again?... Read more

Published: 01/07/15

Beverly Mitlin

Tiger Bay Past President Beverly Mitlin took home the Tiger at the December 9th Annual Luncheon held at the St. Petersburgy Yacht Club for asking Mike Fasano, "where did he get the courage to turn against his party?"... Read more

Published: 12/08/14