St. Pete Times

  1. Guest column: Voting lets us touch the future


    During our July 4th Honor America Celebration in Tallahassee, where I was a Kiwanis Club volunteer, 18 of our neighbors took an oath to become naturalized U.S. citizens. It was such an emotional event, with tears of joy and hugs of accomplishment from family members, friends and complete strangers.

    Jack Levine
  2. Guest column: Protecting public's health is role of health departments


    When the Florida Department of Health opened its doors in 1889, Floridians were afflicted with smallpox and yellow fever, and the idea that government should intervene to help keep residents healthy was a new one.

    Jocelyn Howard is the Community Health Improvement Plan coordinator at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.
  3. Downtown St. Petersburg about to become officially friendly to skateboards

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG— Many of the skateboarding enthusiasts who arrive at the Local Longboard Company on Central Avenue are breaking the law.

    Friends Steven Belisle, 24, and Eva Manzo, 20, both of St. Petersburg, skate board home along North Shore Drive NE from North Shore Park in St. Petersburg on Thursday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  4. Seminole Mall redevelopment: Next steps

    Economic Development

    SEMINOLE — For years, the overriding hope for officials, business owners and many residents of this city was for Seminole Mall to be rebuilt and bring with it a vibrant shopping destination that would usher in jobs and prosperity.

    This rendering shows what could possibly replace the outdated Seminole Mall at the corner of Park Boulevard and 113th Street N. Developers tout it as a “place you will be proud to embrace.”
  5. Qualifying begins for Largo election

    Local Government

    LARGO — If you've ever wanted to run for city government, now's the time to step up. Qualifying for the five open seats — the mayor and four commission — opens at 8 a.m. today and runs to 5 p.m. Aug. 15.

  6. Hometown Pinellas


    Merit scholarship awarded: St. Petersburg resident Ryan A. Sutherland was selected as a Norman C. and Henry J. Miller Dean's Achievement Scholar in the Emory Scholars Program at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. The $10,000 per year scholarship is based on merit, and applies to the cost of tuition. As a Dean's …

    Ryan A. Sutherland was selected as a Norman C. and Henry J. Miller Dean’s Achievement Scholar in the Emory Scholars Program at Emory College of Arts and Sciences.
  7. St. Petersburg council wants to speak up on mayoral appointments




  8. Downtown St. Petersburg building back on the market


    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.

  9. 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
  10. 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.

  11. 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.
  12. MLS in St. Petersburg? Much depends on Al Lang Field


    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.
  13. 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.

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


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

    Greenlight plan will help many

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


    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 …