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Both the tall ship Lynx, left and the Cross-Bay Ferry, right, are docked in the Vinoy Yacht Basin, giving both ships a high profile on the St. Petersburg waterfront. The city hopes to attract more vessels for entertainment and tourism to the downtown waterfront. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

As more vessels dock in St. Petersburg, city hopes for a busy waterfront in its future

ST. PETERSBURG — The downtown waterfront, a somnolent stretch in decades past, has emerged as one of the coolest places to be in Tampa Bay. Beach Drive hums with sidewalk diners. Pedestrians jostle for space. Bars, restaurants and shops are now pushing west. To the south is a burgeoning marine science community. To …


State Senators from Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties asked for less money for transportation projects than many of their peers.

Lawmakers can request state money for transportation, but Pinellas and Hillsborough legislators aren't asking

Each year, legislators ask the state to pay for projects in their communities. Some of those requests make it into the budget, others don't. But this year, Hillsborough and Pinellas lawmakers aren't asking for nearly as much money for transportation projects as their counterparts in other parts of the state....


People's Budget Review revs up for budget season

Formed in 2012, the People's Budget Review has been a force to be reckoned with in the city's budget cycle....


The blacker the school, the newer the teacher

With town hall meetings taking place around the state about equity in education, organizers are asking: Do public school systems distribute their resources fairly to children, regardless of race and income level? And what about the classroom teachers? Does every child have an equal shot at a teacher with experience?...