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Tryst in downtown St. Petersburg will keep the music down



Tryst has reached a truce with the city regarding its sidewalk cafe license. After complaints that came largely from one residential neighbor at the Cloisters, Mayor Bill Foster issued an order in September to revoke the license. Then in late November, Tryst sued the neighbor and two civic association directors. After a cooling off period, Foster has rescinded the order to eliminate the sidewalk dining. The lawsuit has been dismissed, according to Tryst attorney Ethan Loeb. Tryst agreed to keep its music to a level only its customers can enjoy after midnight on weekends, Loeb said.

Name that tower, for $5 million

The Bank of Tampa has settled into its new space at One Progress Plaza but will not be putting its name on top of St. Petersburg's tallest tower. That signature space has been empty since Bank of America left the building and its pinnacle in 2010. "There have been some recent talks with some companies" interested in naming the tower, said Lauren Gavrelis, spokeswoman for the building's owners. She declined to say what companies, but said there are some seriously interested parties. The naming rights are for sale for $5 million for 10 years. That doesn't include any office space within the building.

Katherine Snow Smith, Times staff writer

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