Monday, July 23, 2018
News Roundup

St. Pete Beach recovers some legal fees in settlement with firm

ST. PETE BEACH — The bucket containing millions of dollars of red ink the city poured into development-related legal fees over the past decade got a little smaller last week when its former attorneys agreed to return $567,000 they had been paid by the city.

The settlement will result in the dismissal of a malpractice lawsuit the city filed against the Bryant Miller Olive legal firm last year.

The suit alleged the law firm gave the city bad advice during closed meetings relating to resident James Anderson’s legal challenge to city development regulations.

The lawsuit against BMO was filed following a 2nd District Court of Appeal ruling last year in a case filed by Anderson that found the City Commission had violated the state Sunshine Law during those closed meetings.

Not all of the settlement money will flow into city coffers, however, as the city must pay its attorney, Jim Rolfe, a 40 percent fee less $10,000, as well as about $25,000 in expenses. The net to the city will be about $325,000, according to City Attorney Andrew Dickman.

Comments
What you need to know for Monday, July 24

What you need to know for Monday, July 24

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Showers are likely today, and thunderstorms are possible, becoming more scattered in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. The rain could be heavy at times. High t...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Five times Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law sparked controversy

Five times Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law sparked controversy

Florida’s controversial self defense law is in the news again.The killing of Markeis McGlockton, who was shot by another man after the two argued over a parking space on Thursday, is just the most recent in a long succession of controversies over the...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Group homes brace for radical overhaul of federal foster care funding

Group homes brace for radical overhaul of federal foster care funding

CARROLLWOOD — Since the 1940s, abused, abandoned and neglected teens have found refuge at Lake Magdalene, a group foster home run by Hillsborough County.Children battling drug problems, depression and anxiety live in cottages on the 23-acre campus. T...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Some not-so-tiny obstacles in the growing market for tiny houses

Some not-so-tiny obstacles in the growing market for tiny houses

When Tom Alsani heard about plans for a tiny-home community in St. Petersburg, he got so excited he immediately wanted to know more. "Right now I have a house with three bedrooms but the kids are gone and I’m trying to downsize,’’ says Alsani, a qual...
Published: 07/23/18
PolitiFact Florida: Did Adam Putnam endorse a bill that gutted water quality regulations?

PolitiFact Florida: Did Adam Putnam endorse a bill that gutted water quality regulations?

The toxic green algae bloom spreading across Lake Okeechobee has seeped into the state’s political races, including Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s quest for Florida governor.The Democratic Governors Association slammed Putnam, a Republican, i...
Published: 07/23/18
St. Petersburg cites hotel in Historic Uptown for code violations

St. Petersburg cites hotel in Historic Uptown for code violations

Times Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — The owner of the popular Hollander hotel has been hit with a notice of code violations at a hotel he is currently renovating. A city codes investigator found that Lake View House at 465 Seventh Ave. N is operating w...
Published: 07/23/18
Here is what a strong mayor would look like in Clearwater

Here is what a strong mayor would look like in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — What would a strong mayor look like in this city?A proposed ordinance finalized Thursday drew pieces from Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando and West Palm Beach governments, where an elected politician has power over all day-to-day operation...
Published: 07/23/18
East Ybor residents say their neighborhood is ready for big things

East Ybor residents say their neighborhood is ready for big things

Ybor’s Bread Basket was what the late-Domenic Giunta called his East Ybor neighborhood.East Ybor once produced food for the tobacco workers of adjacent Ybor City, which earned renown in the early to mid-1900s for hosting the world’s largest cigar ind...
Published: 07/23/18
‘Man, I feel good’: Rays’ Daniel Robertson describes his pinch-hit walkoff grand slam

‘Man, I feel good’: Rays’ Daniel Robertson describes his pinch-hit walkoff grand slam

ST. PETERSBURG — This is why you stay until the end.You hope to see something you've never seen before.And that's what happened Sunday at Tropicana Field. The Rays, who entered the ninth trailing the Marlins by three runs, weren't supposed to w...
Updated: 5 hours ago
South Tampa softball all-stars head to Southeast Regional

South Tampa softball all-stars head to Southeast Regional

TAMPA — Emilee Mezrah could have been on vacation in the Bahamas playing in the surf.Instead she’s on vacation in Georgia playing softball in the dirt.Beach vs. softball …"I chose softball," said Mezrah, a seventh grader at Coleman Middle School. "Ri...
Updated: 7 hours ago