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  1. A six-figure grant, a new project, a simple idea: Welcome babies to the neighborhood


    ST. PETERSBURG — Allison Pinto's front yard was full of kids and none of them were hers.

    Isaiah Delvalle, 10, decides what kind of shampoo would be best for one of the newest babies on his block. Hannah Jeffrey | Times
  2. St. Petersburg Housing Authority asks city to forgive $3.1 million Jordan Park loan

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Housing Authority defended its handling of the Jordan Park housing complex Thursday and asked the city to forgive a $3.1 million loan as it prepares to buy back and upgrade the troubled property.

    Beatrice Mullan, right, gets a visit from her granddaughter, Tay Dunbar, and Dunbar's daughter, Oriyah Nolton, 2, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Mullan, 83, is having problems with rats in her Jordan Park public housing project home. Mullan has lived in the Jordan Park projects for over 50 years.    A group of residents at Jordan Park are fed up with conditions at the HUD project. They complain about grass not being mowed, rats that scurry and screech in their attics, behind their refrigerators and stoves and even come out of the holes where the burners are. They also complain about mold that keeps coming back even after they scrub and scrub with bleach. They've resorted to moth balls, traps and electronic devices to trick the rats.
  3. Largo land on stadium list is under contract for townhouses


    LARGO — A list of potential stadium sites for the Tampa Bay Rays includes a former citrus grove in the city of Largo that developers are eyeing for townhouses.

  4. Votes delayed on cross-bay ferry service

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City officials asked Hillsborough County and Tampa last week to delay final action on the ferry contract.

  5. Lawsuit challenges Madeira Beach commission appointment

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — The appointment of Housh Ghovaee to the City Commission earlier this month violated the Sunshine Law, according to a lawsuit filed in Circuit Court last week.

    Housh Ghovaee
  6. Demolition to begin soon on 400 Central property in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG – Residents and businesses around the 400 block of Central Avenue can expect a noisy, dusty few months as workers demolish a former hotel, bank and parking garage.

    Residents and businesses around the 400 block of Central Avenue can expect a noisy, dusty few months as workers demolish a former hotel, bank and parking garage. 
[CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  7. St. Pete Beach chooses city activist Deborah Schechner as interim mayor

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Deborah Schechner, a longtime city activist and foe of tall buildings, was named interim mayor Tuesday after the City Commission interviewed 10 candidates.

    Deborah Schechner says she won’t run in March.
  8. AIDS pharmacy and Seventh-day Adventists pick 34th Street S sites


    ST. PETERSBURG — As a building began going up at the corner of 34th Street and 26th Avenue S, rumors included that it was a Starbucks, or even an apartment complex.

    A new $1.6 million building is rising at 34th Street S and 26th Avenue. The building will include a pharmacy, clinic, wellness center and thrift shop.
  9. Pinellas news briefs


    CUPCAKE CONTEST: The Morean Center for Clay is looking for volunteers to help with the sixth annual Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest. The center needs to fill the following times and slots Aug. 20: Two people are needed from 9 a.m. to noon, set-up and contestant escorts: Five people are needed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for …

  10. Daniel Ruth: Yeshitela should work with St. Petersburg mural committee


    You have to have a grudging sympathy for St. Petersburg's self-proclaimed civil rights icon, Omali Yeshitela.

    Omali Yeshitela is the founder of St. Petersburg’s Uhuru Movement.
  11. Work under way on next leg of Pinellas Trail


    I have heard that at long last, construction on the Duke Energy trail has finally started up. What is the expected completion date for this project?

    Bob Miller

  12. Treasure Island's proposal to outsource fire protection draws no bids

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — Lack of interest by surrounding fire departments in taking over Treasure Island's fire and emergency medical services means the city will keep operating its own service, at least for now.

  13. Young St. Petersburg entrepreneur orchestrates a growing business

    Human Interest


    You could say that the entrepreneur in Lauren Davenport began to emerge in middle school.

    Lauren Davenport and her dog, Bella.
  14. Maintenance work to cause delays on bridge to Indian Shores


    INDIAN SHORES — The Park Boulevard Bridge will be reduced to one lane during a two-week maintenance project that starts Wednesday, according to a Pinellas County news release.

  15. Serving seniors a calling for Largo police officer who is retiring this month

    Public Safety


    The police officer strolled into the assisted living home on a mission to find Miss Betty.

    Rayshall Poinsette, 61, is retiring at the end of the month as the senior services officer for Largo police.