Sunday, December 17, 2017

St. Pete Times News

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
Meant for short hops, some St. Pete cyclists pedal longer than marathons on Coast bikes

Meant for short hops, some St. Pete cyclists pedal longer than marathons on Coast bikes

ST. PETERSBURG — When the Coast bikes first started popping up in St. Petersburg last year, the idea was for residents to use them for short hops around town.But some users had more ambitious plans.At the request of the Tampa Bay Times, CycleHop, whi...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/13/17
Radio station WRXB, longtime voice in St. Petersburg’s black community, goes silent

Radio station WRXB, longtime voice in St. Petersburg’s black community, goes silent

ST. PETERSBURG — Radio Station WRXB, a constant in Tampa Bay’s African-American community for more than four decades, offering a staple of R&B, gospel and community news, is no more.The radio station, once black-owned, abruptly went off the air on No...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/08/17

Residents hoping to reach compromise with developers on Old Southeast marina project

ST. PETERSBURG — Developers of a marina project in the Old Southeast are reviewing and adjusting plans after residents rallied against a 54-foot high and dry proposal. The building, which was set to go up in the Salt Creek Marine District, faced crit...
Published: 12/06/17
Pinellas leaders heap praise on County Attorney Jewel White

Pinellas leaders heap praise on County Attorney Jewel White

CLEARWATER — The first public job review of County Attorney Jewel White became a laudatory meeting that brought the chief lawyer a 3 percent pay raise.The Pinellas County Attorney Oversight Committee, composed of the seven county commissioners and fi...
Published: 12/05/17