St. Pete Times

  1. Downtown St. Petersburg building back on the market

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG—The vacant Universal Health Care building in the heart of downtown will remain empty longer than expected. Kevin Hirsch, the surgeon and developer who bid $10.5 million to buy the offices of the bankrupt insurance company, has backed out.

  2. State rules force Treasure Island to scale back beach events

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The city is losing beach events or having them scaled back because of stepped-up state requirements in the wake of a lawsuit filed by three hotel owners.

    Glenn Granade of Melrose adds another seahorse to his sky display at the Treasure Island Kite Festival earlier this year. Organizers have scaled back an upcoming festival because of state rules. LARA CERRI  |   Times
  3. St. Petersburg City Council eyes extra property tax cash

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — With nearly $1 million in unexpected revenue in next year's budget, the City Council is pushing for a say in how it's spent.

  4. St. Petersburg pair on a mission to provide homes for veterans

    Human Interest

    Retired Army Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow understands her tenants.

    Sheila Mutascio, left, and Carol Barkalow work to change the battery in a smoke detector in one of the eight homes they’ve rehabbed for veterans in St. Petersburg. The pair behind Heaven on Earth for Veterans have rented to 49 people so far.
  5. MLS in St. Petersburg? Much depends on Al Lang Field

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Orlando will have a Major League Soccer franchise next year. Miami has an inside track for one. And cities across the country, from Minneapolis to San Antonio to Las Vegas, are eyeing one.

    Kyle Clinton battles for the ball in the first half of play, 03_Rowdies vs Minnesota United FC Saturday, June 7, 2014 in St. Petersburg.
JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times
  6. New chief Tony Holloway readies to tackle bevy of policy issues, projects at St. Petersburg Police Department

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — When new chief Tony Holloway takes the reins at the Police Department next month, he won't be alone.

  7. South Pinellas letters: Greenlight is a good transit plan for all

    Letters

    Re: No real ridership for rail system | letter, July 18

    Greenlight plan will help many

  8. Editorial: Another embarrassing hiccup on way to curbside recycling in St. Pete

    Editorials

    It's a mystery why St. Petersburg is finding it so difficult to create a universal curbside recycling program. The latest stumble: The city put out a request for bids from companies that process recyclables, but not a single company was willing to submit a bid. Mayor Rick Kriseman needs to find out what went wrong and …

  9. Largo commission to staff: Smile when you annex

    Local Government

    LARGO — This city has long been known for its aggressive annexation policies, but commissioners are stinging from charges that their approach lacks charm.

  10. Five things to know about new St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's new police chief is no stranger to the Tampa Bay area.

    Police Chief Tony Holloway’s priorities: getting to know the community and the force.
  11. Mother of pregnant St. Petersburg teenager missing for two years remains hopeful

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — This week marks a somber anniversary for Leah Martin and her family.

    A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about Leah Martin’s daughter. The family is also fundraising on fundly.com.
  12. Madeira Beach has two chambers but no favorite

    Business

    MADEIRA BEACH — The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce has existed for a year, but Madeira Beach's recent endorsement of the fledgling organization has taken some by surprise and added to confusion over the group's role.

    Bill Edwards put two adjoining cities under one umbrella.
  13. Seminole council member Counts decides not to run again

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — John Counts says he will not run for re-election to the City Council.

    “I’m definitely going to miss it,” John Counts said.
  14. Treasure Island fresh market proposal rebuffed

    Retail

    TREASURE ISLAND — Faced with opposition from the Chamber of Commerce and city staff, initial efforts to start a Sunday outdoor market in the city have been rebuffed.

  15. Midtown to get business incubator in St. Petersburg

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tomeka Oliver sells vegan smoothies at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg and the Deuces Live Market in the Midtown area on Sundays.