Thursday, December 14, 2017

St. Pete Times News

Mother, sons lose everything in fire -- except her daughter’s urn

Mother, sons lose everything in fire -- except her daughter’s urn

ST. PETERSBURG — The day after a fire claimed most of Jahmeshia Jackson’s possessions, the 27-year-old mother returned to the house she and her sons had escaped, trying to salvage what she could. She hoped her washer and dryer still worked. But most ...
Published: 12/11/17
St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

BY CHARLIE FRAGOTimes Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — It was a big promise made by Mayor Rick Kriseman more than two years ago: Get the Sunshine City to eventually run on 100 percent renewable energy.In a few months, the city will take small but tangibl...
Published: 12/11/17
Video gives animated tour of new Pier District

Video gives animated tour of new Pier District

Eager to see what the new Pier District will look like? A new animated video takes you on a bird’s eye and close-up tour of the $76 million waterfront attraction. Travel from the pavilion and plaza, through the coastal thicket and past the edu...
Published: 12/11/17
A gift of hands: After loss, a man finds hope from healing ones (w/video)

A gift of hands: After loss, a man finds hope from healing ones (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — Francisco Piedra fixed his eyes on the man sitting beside him. His name was Richard Brown, and in his hands he held Piedra’s new ones.The prosthetics were black and plastic. Each one took about 20 hours to build from a 3D printer. Pi...
Published: 12/08/17
DJJ proposes stronger consequences for teens who steal cars

DJJ proposes stronger consequences for teens who steal cars

Florida’s juvenile justice department will propose sweeping changes Monday that would make young auto thieves more likely to face consequences.This overhaul of the Detention Risk Assessment Instrument — the first time the tool has been modified in 23...
Published: 12/08/17
Epilogue: Anthony Acosta, 67, remembered for love of ER, family

Epilogue: Anthony Acosta, 67, remembered for love of ER, family

ST. PETE BEACH — Anthony Acosta, the former medical director of the emergency room at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, spent more than four decades in an ER he was remembered for loving second to only his family.Mr. Acosta, 67, died Nov. 19 after a t...
Published: 12/08/17
Hometown Pinellas

Hometown Pinellas

Fountains resident’s art selected for national calendar: Stella Szemela, a 95-year-old resident of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, has been featured in the Expressions 2018 Calendar, a calendar that celebrates active aging and the ...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/13/17
After reclaimed water rate hike, St. Pete council could ease pain

After reclaimed water rate hike, St. Pete council could ease pain

ST. PETERSBURG — The message sent to the city’s 11,500 reclaimed water users by the City Council on Thursday: Give us a year to figure this out.The council voted 5-2 to approve a 25.5 percent increase in reclaimed rates starting Jan. 1. It is just th...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/08/17
St. Pete Council moves Pier ahead with more money

St. Pete Council moves Pier ahead with more money

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council readily approved another phase in funding for the $76 million Pier District on Thursday.The funds included $18 million for work to complete what had been the original pier project and an additional $2.8 million for e...
Published: 12/07/17
Madeira Beach recall battle continues as commissioners respond

Madeira Beach recall battle continues as commissioners respond

MADEIRA BEACH — Residents’ effort to recall two sitting commissioners entered a new phase this week as written defenses were delivered to the recall committee.The defenses from Commissioners John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley, who were elected by strong ...
Published: 12/07/17