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  1. St. Petersburg's skyline might rise if FAA agrees to Albert Whitted change


    ST. PETERSBURG — If a developer and the city get their way, high-rises topping out at 500 feet might one day reshape the city's skyline.

    The city is considering asking the Federal Aviation Administration to approve changes for managing air traffic using Albert Whitted Airport that would allow for an increase in the maximum height for downtown buildings.
  2. It's a real Suncoast Classic


    Of all the many high school basketball tournaments over the winter break, few can touch the Suncoast Classic at Keswick Christian in terms of longevity.

    Keswick Christian, whose girls squad is shown here, is the host of the weekend tournament.
  3. Gingerbread competition heats up holiday merriment

    Human Interest


    What's a little pastry and frosting among friends?

  4. Clearwater Arts Alliance piano project a feast for eyes, ears

    Human Interest

    When attorney Alan Rosenthal spotted a bright and colorful piano in the lobby of the Pinellas County Courthouse on Court Street, he headed straight for it, drawing a crowd as he tickled the keys with his own compositions.

    Newton Beardsley plays the piano outside Rosie’s Tavern in downtown Dunedin. Beardsley’s piano instructor told him he should start to play in front of people, so here he is. The piano is one of 11 placed around Clearwater and Dunedin.
  5. Businesses facing rent increase and change in popular Art Block

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — The 600 block of Central Avenue, also known as the Art Block, has reached a level of success that is prompting changes and mixed reviews.

    Anil Albaglar, 28, of Turkey, Anya Solovyeva, 23, of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Heather Lee, 21, of Sarasota explore the Art Block of 600 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Rent is going up on the block, and some folks are leaving, others not.
  6. Treasure Island drawing up design guidelines for downtown buildings

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The city is taking another step toward encouraging downtown development by defining design criteria for future buildings.

  7. Fanciful bird sculptures arrive on the St. Petersburg art scene

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nestled on perches in and around the downtown waterfront, eight whimsical yellow-throated warblers wait to be found.

    Molly Doyle, 17, shows off one of the Birds on Beach sculptures perched in places near and on Beach Drive. The high school senior began working on the project in her sophomore year.
  8. Kenneth City mayor's spouse jumps into race

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — Voters here in November soundly defeated a proposal to eliminate term limits, thus preventing Teresa Zemaitis from seeking a third term as mayor.

    Leonard Zemaitis, 47, is a heavy equipment operator.
  9. Merry Christmas to your ears: Pile driving to cease over holiday


    ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown residents and businesses are about to enjoy a gift that even the Grinch could appreciate —a brief Christmas reprieve from the gloomy, clamorous clangs of a pile driver.

    A pile driver’s constant hammering during construction at 330 Third St. S in St. Petersburg has frayed the nerves of people who live nearby. It will shut down for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  10. Indian Rocks Beach Post Office celebrates 100 years.


    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — It cost a penny to mail a postcard when the Indian Rocks Beach post office opened 100 years ago on Dec. 10, 1914, on a mainland dirt road leading to a ferry in the Narrows part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Today the road is 113th Avenue and the area is considered unincorporated …

    Indian Rocks Beach Mayor R.B. Johnson, center, is joined by postmaster Sherry Ulrich and other postal workers at a ribbon cutting ceremony signifying the start of another century of service for the post office. The event marked the Indian Rocks Beach post office’s 100th anniversary on Dec. 10. See story, Page 7
  11. St. Petersburg Pier's inverted pyramid a designer's dilemma


    And the Lens died for this?

    Few civic debates have been as filled with frantic Sturm und Drang hand-wringing as what to do with the Pier, the city's answer to a rusting Yugo sitting on blocks in the front yard.

  12. Pinellas police briefs: Locked car gets man locked up



    Man locked up after locking himself in someone else's car

  13. Hometown South Pinellas


    white doves among us: Trust Business Services recognized three people for going above and beyond in service to others as part of its White Dove Service Awards program at the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce breakfast. John Orr from Cell Phone Repair at Largo Mall, Dr. Fred Clark III from Bayfront Convenient …

    Lynn Ewonaitis, award recipients Lori Beineke and John Orr, and Debbe Bedillion. Trust Business Services recognized three people for going above and beyond in service to others as part of its White Dove Service Awards program at the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
  14. Traffic calmer, but not some Snell Isle residents

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Some Snell Isle residents are upset about the new traffic calming in their neighborhood and say it is hazardous, inconvenient and overly restrictive.

  15. New 'second chance' program for youth offenders to debut in St. Pete in 2015

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several months after embracing the idea of revamping its approach to juvenile crime, the city is now just weeks from implementing a new system designed to steer hundreds of young people away from the criminal justice system.