Sunday, April 22, 2018
News Roundup

The Morning Watch: St. Pete flood insurance premiums to drop; condo tower could mean end of Jannus Live; park would honor police officer; police union wants street sign removed

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is preparing to lower St. Petersburg's flood insurance costs. The national Community Rating System, a voluntary FEMA program that allows communities to receive discounts on flood insurance for upgrading their floodplain management, is dropping the city's rating Class 6 to Class 5. The improvement means a $150,000 policy should see about $120 in premium savings.

ST. PETERSBURG CONDO TOWER COULD MEAN THE END OF JANNUS LIVE

St. Petersburg's first commercial block, the longtime home of Jannus Live and an array of bars and restaurants, is widely credited with sparking the city's nightlife renaissance. But the owners want to transform it into a 25-story residential tower. That could spell the end of the Jannus Live courtyard concert venue.

TAMPA DOG PARK WOULD HONOR DEPUTY WHO DIED ACTING AS 'HUMAN SHIELD'

The Tampa City Council today will consider a plan to create a new dog park honoring John Kotfila Jr., the Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy killed this year after he drove his cruiser into the path of a speeding wrong-way driver to save another motorist. Read Richard Danielson's preview of the council meeting and follow him at @Danielson_Times for updates.

[JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]

Members of the Uhuru Movement changed the name of 18th Avenue S to TyRon Lewis Avenue. Lewis' death in 1996 sparked two days of riots.

POLICE UNION WANTS STREET SIGN DEDICATED TO TYRON LEWIS REMOVED

St. Petersburg's police union is angered by an illegal street sign dedicated to TyRon Lewis, whose death sparked riots in 1996. The sign is where an officer fatally shot Lewis while he was behind the wheel of a stolen car that lurched at the officer during a traffic stop. Without the city's permission, members of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement changed the street name. The union wants the city to enforce the code against erecting "illegal signs," citing the sign's "negative symbolic purpose."

CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! A LOOK BACK IN PHOTOS

The Cubs are World Series champions after a dramatic 10-inning victory in Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians. Take a look back at the historic game in photos in the Times' All Eyes blog.

TOM JONES: WHY I HATE THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

The Bucs host the Falcons tonight at Raymond James Stadium, not the best news for Times sports columnist Tom Jones. And judging by television ratings for the NFL this season, he's not alone. Viewership is down and something is wrong. There are plenty of theories, but don't be fooled, he writes: It comes down to bad teams, bad games and bad football.

COOLER, DRIER WEATHER EXPECTED FOR WEEKEND

It will be dry and slightly humid today with a fair amount of sunshine, but a cold front will arrive late Friday. Behind it, cooler and drier air moves in bringing sunny conditions.

[EVE EDELHEIT | Times]

Civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis speaks with Democrat congressional candidate Charlie Crist at the University Student Center at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Lewis talked about this life in the Civil Rights movement and implored students to vote in the 2016 election.

JOHN LEWIS TELLS USF ST. PETERSBURG STUDENTS: 'IT'S GOING TO WORK OUT'

Amid reports that black voter turnout in the 2016 election may drop below the levels of the two previous presidential elections, the civil rights legend reminded the crowd of the price he, and many others, paid to ensure that black people can vote. "I almost died on that bridge in Selma for the right to vote," he told the audience. "It's easy. So you just have to do it. Okay?"

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