Tuesday, July 17, 2018

St. Pete Times News

Things are calmer now in Madeira Beach, and it’s showing as the city plans its budget

Things are calmer now in Madeira Beach, and it’s showing as the city plans its budget

MADEIRA BEACH — Jonathan Evans has made substantial changes since he took over as city manager in February, and his proposed $9.6 million operating budget for 2018-19 promises to deliver more of the same. Amid political turmoil, Evans began his new j...
Published: 07/12/18
Closed and needing repair, the Redington Long Pier faces an uncertain future

Closed and needing repair, the Redington Long Pier faces an uncertain future

REDINGTON SHORES — The future of the 56-year-old Redington Long Pier is up in the air — including whether it should stay up in the air.The 1,200-foot landmark has been closed since February after an evaluation by the Florida Department of Environment...
Published: 07/11/18
The Tides Golf Club closes, raising a question: Will all that green space disappear?

The Tides Golf Club closes, raising a question: Will all that green space disappear?

SEMINOLE — More than four years after successfully waging a battle against a developer who would have converted 96 acres of open green space into a housing development, a group of residents once again are on guard — and preparing to mobilize for anot...
Published: 07/11/18

Pinellas news briefs

Boating Safety Course Offered by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering its "About Boating Safely" class on July 14-15 at 510 N Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater. The class is for new...
Published: 07/09/18

Hometown Pinellas

ST. PETE NATIVE HONORED AS EAGLE SCOUT: Taylor Riddick, 18, the son of Cassandra and Lance Riddick of St. Petersburg, and Giovanni Rivas, 18, the son of Aylis Fernandez and John P Castellanos of Ruskin, recently earned the rank of Eagle. Both scouts ...
Published: 07/09/18
Mayor Kriseman: Donors will bring Echelman sculpture to St. Pete

Mayor Kriseman: Donors will bring Echelman sculpture to St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — It appears the city will get to brag about its very own Janet Echelman sculpture after all.Mayor Rick Kriseman has raised $1.5 million private donations to install a piece by the internationally acclaimed artist on the St. Petersburg...
Published: 07/06/18
Epilogue: Glassblower Owen Pach was ‘god-like’ with his art

Epilogue: Glassblower Owen Pach was ‘god-like’ with his art

Ybor City in the late 1980s was ablaze with ovens and molten glass. One artist, Chuck Bove, opened his hot shop to anyone interested in learning the art of glassblowing. A young Tampa native named Owen Pach took him up on the offer — and burned throu...
Published: 07/03/18
Updated: 07/05/18
Community news

Community news

SEMINOLEProposed city budget calls for raises, more neighborhood patrols The city’s proposed $17.4 million budget for fiscal year 2018-19 shows a 2.7 percent increase over this year and includes $8.9 million for fire services, $3 million in administr...
Published: 07/03/18
In Largo, a major downtown project relies on a 10-year city tax refund

In Largo, a major downtown project relies on a 10-year city tax refund

LARGO — A major downtown project got a boost recently when city commissioners gave the nod for a tax refund for the developer.West Bay Lofts, a multi-story project with apartments and commercial space, is the first to receive the city’s Real Estate D...
Published: 07/04/18
Pinellas education news: USF keeping first-time students on track, and more

Pinellas education news: USF keeping first-time students on track, and more

USF St. Petersburg touts success in retaining students An effort to keep first-time college students on track at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has resulted in a 10 percentage-point increase in retention rates for that group, the scho...
Published: 07/03/18