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  1. Downtown blaze in parking garage destroys at least five cars


    ST. PETERSBURG — Late night revelers saw thick smoke billow from a downtown parking garage early Saturday morning as a car fire spread quickly, destroying at least four other vehicles.

    Firefighters respond to the car fire in a parking garage between Fourth and Third streets on First Avenue S in St. Petersburg.
  2. State wildlife agency investigating St. Petersburg sewage spills


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday that the agency's law enforcement division is investigating the city of St. Petersburg's sewage spills in August.

  3. Spike in Beach Drive car thefts prompts alert to be on guard in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — In the space of two and a half months, seven vehicles have been stolen in the vicinity of downtown's popular Beach Drive.

    Don’t make it easy for car thieves by leaving your keys in the car. And don’t forget to lock the doors.
  4. New street market to debut on Clearwater's waterfront


    CLEARWATER — She has visited the Chelsea Market in New York City, the Ferry Market in San Francisco and both the Portabello and the Borough markets in London, and now Natalie Nagengast is ready to bring the same type of big city success to Clearwater.

    The organizer of Pierce Street Market expects to start with 45 to 60 vendors beneath the Memorial Causeway bridge. The market will be open the second Saturday of the month.
  5. Savor wine by the sample at Try Wine

    I won't try to predict what the next big trend in bars will be, but if you were to tell me it's combination retail and tasting room spaces, I'd believe you.

    Chrissy Wilcox chooses a half-glass of Michael David Rapture at Try Wine in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The bar sells bottles of wine as well as single pours through a preservation/vending system.
  6. Opera donors honored at al fresco feast

    Human Interest


    Major donors to the St. Petersburg Opera Company dined under an outdoor tent set up near the water at Redington Beach outside Claudia McCorkle's home, Seaside, with Michael's on East of Sarasota catering the meal for members of the Bel Canto and Maestro circles (contributors of …

    Swanky Soiree chairman John William Barger III and mistress of ceremonies Kate Wentzel keep the event going.
  7. Entrepreneur workshop in Gulfport on Thursday


    GULFPORT — Entrepreneurs and startups as well as existing businesses and nonprofits are gathering Thursday at the new LGBT Resource Center at the Gulfport Library for a free workshop offering expertise on healthcare, marketing and the legal aspects of starting or running a business.

  8. Schieffer to headline Bowtie Ball

    Human Interest

    The Bowtie Ball, a 40th anniversary celebration for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, will honor retired CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. $125 general reception and dinner; $250 exclusive dessert reception (includes …

  9. Police: Woman tried to hide marijuana under seat of cruiser



    Woman tries to hide bag of pot in police cruiser, report says

  10. Hometown South Pinellas


    American Legion donates to Suncoast Hospice: Legionnaires and Sons of the Legion, American Legion Post 158 in Treasure Island donated $2,000 to Suncoast Hospice Foundation. Many of the members and their families have received loving care from the organization. The money came from Post member donations and …

    Bill and Louise Nix celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with their family in Reunion.
  11. St. Petersburg moves to tighten rules against subdividing certain lots

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A red-hot real estate market has recently spurred unwelcome development in upscale neighborhoods, prompting the city to make it more difficult to slice up lots into smaller parcels.

  12. Chipotle opening another location on Fourth Street in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — The demand for burritos must be high on Fourth Street. A Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening at 3540 Fourth St. N next to El Cap Restaurant. The Chipotle 28 blocks away at 780 Fourth St. N isn't closing.

    Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers at the counter service eatery. [JOE RAEDLE | Getty]
  13. Expect cannon fire this weekend in Pinellas Park

    Local Government

    PINELLAS PARK — Cannons will be fired today and Saturday for a change of command ceremony at the C.W. "Bill" Young Armed Forces Reserve Center at 2801 Grand Ave.

  14. St. Petersburg Council okays Boyd Hill preservation purchase

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council unanimously approved last week the purchase of the rights to nearly 35 acres adjacent to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.

  15. College notebook: Faculty awards at Eckerd and recognition for SPC's work in closing achievement gaps


    Two Eckerd faculty members honored for teaching excellence

    Eckerd Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison, center, presented music professor Joan O. Epstein, left, and physics professor Stephen P. Weppner, right, with awards for leadership during the annual faculty awards reception Sept. 19.