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  1. St. Petersburg airport's waterfront location could be reconsidered


    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman recently told the Tampa Bay Times that he thought Albert Whitted Airport, home to about 200 planes, wasn't the best use of so much valuable waterfront land.

    Pilots position their airplanes on the tarmac outside of the the Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg. The airport, home to about 200 planes, had 97,000 takeoffs and landings in 2013, making it one of the busiest general aviation airports in the Tampa Bay area. It won a 2003 vote — with 75 percent for — to make permanent its waterfront location.
  2. Finger-pointing continues in battle to manage Al Lang Stadium


    ST. PETERSBURG — No one wants to talk about what caused the three-way deal to fall apart that involved the city, the St. Petersburg Baseball Commission and Bill Edwards over the management of Al Lang Stadium.

    Bill Edwards owns the Tampa Bay  Rowdies, who play at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg.
  3. Editorial: Community should talk about Albert Whitted Airport's future


    The crash of a small plane into busy Vinoy Park on the St. Petersburg bayfront Monday is a sobering reminder that as residents and officials are envisioning the downtown waterfront's future, the conversation needs to include how Albert Whitted Airport fits into the picture.

  4. Hebrew school students prepare for Rosh Hashana with beekeeper visit


    ST. PETERSBURG — As the grownups sort through cherished Rosh Hashana recipes in preparation for the Jewish New Year, children are learning the rudiments of the holiday that begins in a few days.

    Rabbi Jacob Luski reads a story Sunday to Hebrew school students at Congregation B’nai Israel.
  5. Gibbs receiver D.J. Johnson embraces 'next man up' philosophy


    The last time D.J. Johnson played quarterback he was a middle-schooler on the St. Pete Lil' Devils youth league team. His teammate was Ryan Davis, the team's top running back who is now the starting quarterback at Lakewood High and a Division I prospect.

    D.J. Johnson played QB with the  St. Pete Lil’ Devils league.
  6. What 16 design teams want to do to the St. Petersburg Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Although 16 design teams with professionals from Tampa Bay to New York to London and Colombia are making a bid to re-create St. Petersburg's landmark Pier, the competition doesn't begin in earnest until Oct. 3.

    On Oct. 3, the design hopefuls will be winnowed to a short list and asked to define their plans to build a new Pier or renovate the inverted pyramid.
  7. 'Eat Rich, Play Dirty' benefits Morean Arts Center

    Human Interest

    A creative evening

    Participants get hands-on opportunities at creating with clay on Saturday at "Eat Rich, Play Dirty," the major fundraiser for the Morean Arts Center. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. $100; $50 persons younger than 40. …

  8. Three questions with St. Petersburg High RB Darius Miller


    St. Petersburg High School junior running back Darius Miller had a breakout game last Friday against Lakewood. He rushed for 121 yards and scored two touchdowns, caught three passes for 114 yards — including a 70-yard touchdown — and also ran back a kickoff 83 yards for a score. Darius helped the Green …

    St. Pete High School running back Darius Miller scored four touchdowns in the 39-22 triumph over Lakewood last week.
  9. New street signs on Fourth Street in St. Petersburg are wrong


    Since the repaving work on Fourth Street between 38th Avenue N and Gandy Boulevard was finished, I've noticed new signs marking the cross streets and block numbers. Several of them appear to be wrong — at 83rd Avenue N and Fourth Street, in particular. The 83rd Avenue sign shows the 500 block to the west and 400 …

  10. Rebuilt St. Petersburg Publix to open Oct. 9



    Dune destruction under investigation again

    State officials are investigating whether two Clearwater Beach residents illegally removed sea oats from the dunes behind their homes.
  11. South Pinellas news briefs


    The St. Petersburg Sustainability Council will be meeting on 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The meeting will focus on the sustainability benefits of public transit. Networking and registration will be at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:30. The featured panel of speakers and a question-and-answer from the public will …

  12. Strip club on Gandy scheduled for auction block


    ST. PETERSBURG — Vegas Showgirls, a strip club dogged by legal problems, is set to go on the auction block next month because of the recent foreclosure by its lender.

  13. Pinellas schools to hold college and career fair


    Add college and career fairs to your calendar

  14. Hometown South Pinellas


    Housing highlights: Magnolia Court in East Lealman was recognized in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program. Along with Harborside Studios in Safety Harbor, Magnolia Court was selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be highlighted in the …

    Doris Lucille Williams Johnson turned 100 years old on Sept. 1, 2014.
  15. St. Petersburg's little-known utility board calms irate water customers

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Inside a drab conference room with smudged walls, an obscure city committee listens to resident complaints about high water bills.