Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pinellas News

Epilogue: ‘Captain Dan’ Lunin, a broadcasting ‘genius’ in Tampa Bay

Epilogue: ‘Captain Dan’ Lunin, a broadcasting ‘genius’ in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — He was known as "Captain Dan" and the "Eye in the Sky" for delivering his daily traffic reports from the two-seat plane he flew over Tampa Bay’s clogged interstates.Daniel Lunin’s real legacy, though, was built on the ground.He was a...
Updated: 3 hours ago
A new design raises hopes for restoring St. Petersburg’s historic YMCA building

A new design raises hopes for restoring St. Petersburg’s historic YMCA building

ST. PETERSBURG — Nick Ekonomou, the South Florida developer who has owned the deteriorating former YMCA building in downtown since 2015, has come up with a potential new design for the historic Mediterranean Revival-style property.The former football...
Published: 07/19/18
Coming soon: a final vote to hike parking fines by 50 percent in St. Pete Beach

Coming soon: a final vote to hike parking fines by 50 percent in St. Pete Beach

ST. PETE BEACH — Parking in this popular beach city already is more expensive than a month ago, and the cost is about to go up even more, particularly for those who park illegally.The City Commission at its meeting Tuesday is expected to increase par...
Published: 07/18/18
Another hip hotel in St. Pete? Uptown residents like the idea, but fret about parking.

Another hip hotel in St. Pete? Uptown residents like the idea, but fret about parking.

ST. PETERSBURG — In the past few years, Michael Andoniades has turned two faded hotels — the Hollander and the Avalon — into two of St. Petersburg’s trendiest, most popular lodgings. So it is with mixed feelings that residents of the city’s Historic ...
Published: 07/17/18
Community news

Community news

ST. PETERSBURGGroup to focus on needs of marginalized residentsAn Ad Hoc Housing Team has been formed to assess the housing needs of elderly LGBTQ and disabled residents and how they might be met.The group will hold its first meeting 7 p.m. July 25 a...
Published: 07/05/18
Updated: 07/11/18
Things are calmer now in Madeira Beach, and it’s showing as the city plans its budget

Things are calmer now in Madeira Beach, and it’s showing as the city plans its budget

MADEIRA BEACH — Jonathan Evans has made substantial changes since he took over as city manager in February, and his proposed $9.6 million operating budget for 2018-19 promises to deliver more of the same. Amid political turmoil, Evans began his new j...
Published: 07/12/18
Mayor Kriseman: Donors will bring Echelman sculpture to St. Pete

Mayor Kriseman: Donors will bring Echelman sculpture to St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — It appears the city will get to brag about its very own Janet Echelman sculpture after all.Mayor Rick Kriseman has raised $1.5 million private donations to install a piece by the internationally acclaimed artist on the St. Petersburg...
Published: 07/06/18
Epilogue: Glassblower Owen Pach was ‘god-like’ with his art

Epilogue: Glassblower Owen Pach was ‘god-like’ with his art

Ybor City in the late 1980s was ablaze with ovens and molten glass. One artist, Chuck Bove, opened his hot shop to anyone interested in learning the art of glassblowing. A young Tampa native named Owen Pach took him up on the offer — and burned throu...
Published: 07/03/18
Updated: 07/05/18
Community news

Community news

SEMINOLEProposed city budget calls for raises, more neighborhood patrols The city’s proposed $17.4 million budget for fiscal year 2018-19 shows a 2.7 percent increase over this year and includes $8.9 million for fire services, $3 million in administr...
Updated one month ago
Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ son arrested, charged with disorderly intoxication

Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ son arrested, charged with disorderly intoxication

ST. PETERSBURG — A son of U.S. Congressman Gus Bilirakis was arrested early Saturday outside of MacDinton’s Irish Pub after being escorted off the property and allegedly yelling an expletive at police officers.Michael Bilirakis, 25, was charged with ...
Updated one month ago