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  1. Funding for St. Petersburg's proposed new police headquarters mostly comes from other projects

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed deal to build a police headquarters by redirecting $20 million in Penny for Pinellas money will make significant changes to the Penny spending plan, but nonetheless, the administration says it won't mean dramatic cuts in other city projects.

    The St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters building at the intersection of First Avenue N and 13th Street.
  2. Investors, artists, businesses merge as St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District gains momentum

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not just artists who see the potential of the Warehouse Arts District. A Polish vodka distillery, a high-tech company, a custom furnituremaker and a real estate investor who spent $1.7 million buying up property last year see it too.

    “It’s an art project and also a community development project and an economic driver for the community at large,” Warehouse District Association president Mark Aeling said of the area.
  3. Former Orange Blossom Groves property sold

    Briefs

    SEMINOLE

    ORANGE BLOSSOM GROVES SELLS; HOMES TO BE BUILT ON SITE

    Orange Blossom Groves, at 5800 Seminole Blvd., was thought to be one of the last packing houses in the area.
  4. Mayor faces challenger in Treasure Island

    Elections

    TREASURE ISLAND — City voters will have only one race to decide when the March 10 election arrives.

    Mayor Bob Minning, above, is being challenged by Mel Lenehan.
  5. Largo to spend $37M on sewer upgrades

    Local Government

    LARGO — Sewer rates are expected to jump at least 15 percent next year and could go even higher to pay for a $37 million plan to revamp the city's system.

  6. Shorecrest's culture of winning preps team for postseason play

    Preps

    When Daryl Blume took over the Shorecrest Prep boys basketball program midway through the 2010 season, he wasn't exactly handed a powerhouse.

    “I have 10 adopted kids,” said coach Daryl Blume.
  7. Art Festival Beth-El opens Saturday

    Human Interest

    Art Festival Beth-El

    Art Festival Beth-El celebrates its 42nd year with a three-day extravaganza Saturday through Monday at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The invitational juried show and sale features works indoors and outdoors.

    All Children’s Hospital Guild Evening Branch Charity Ball event co-chairwoman Janet Lynn, Evening Branch president Cheryl Matala and co-chairwoman Tricia Davidson 
  8. Ruth: Suicide prevention nets logical addition to Sunshine Skyway

    Columns

    It is one of the oldest public safety axioms: That if doing X, Y or Z will save but only one life, just one, then whatever the proposal, it is still worth the cost and effort to implement.

  9. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    TAKE A STEP to FIGHT HUNGER: Join walkers for Church World Service's Pinellas CROP Walk on Feb. 22. Money raised and food collected from the walk help to fill a gap by providing food to two local food pantries, Daystar Life Center and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. at First …

  10. Births in St. Petersburg

    News

    Alexander, Tara and Jason Zach, St. Petersburg, a girl, 6 pounds, Jan. 8, 2015, 7:33 a.m., Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

  11. Work at Ulmerton and Roosevelt lengthy, but on schedule

    Public Safety

    I have not seen much progress on the improvement at Ulmerton Road and Roosevelt Boulevard. The construction has made a nightmare of all cross traffic and turning traffic and is not getting better. The traffic lights on 34th Street at Ulmerton are extremely long during morning hours and the eastbound turns from …

  12. St. Petersburg gallery focuses on African, Caribbean art

    Features

    ST. PETERSBURG — The new art gallery on St. Petersburg's historic 22nd Street S features art, of course — specifically African and Caribbean art. But depending on when you stop in, owner Carla Bristol has other offerings in her Gallerie 909.

    Chris Roberts, who goes by Brain Storm, is the current featured artist at Gallerie 909 in St. Petersburg’s Midtown area. Gallerie 909 was recently recognized as one of the area’s top five art galleries by readers of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
  13. Hometown South Pinellas

    Briefs

    COLLEGE FUND: The Board of Directors of the College Fund of Pinellas County hosted a holiday luncheon to recognize student grant recipients Dec. 22 at Anona United Methodist Church in Largo. College students who brought satisfactory grade transcripts for the fall semester were given $500 by treasurer Sherry …

    Lavarest Daniels Sr. was chosen as Sailor of the Year.
  14. All Children's Charity Ball has a French theme

    Human Interest

    01.24.2015

    Think Paris, and you often think of lights and love, so the theme for the annual Charity Ball presented by the All Children's Hospital Guild Evening Branch was appropriate: "Amour au Clair de Lune." or "Love Under the Moonlight."

  15. Attempt at singing turns criminal

    Crime

    TREASURE ISLAND

    Broken Microphone ends in arrest

    An intoxicated man who wanted to sing was arrested on charges that he broke a microphone at a bar, police said.