St. Pete Times

  1. State money for St. Petersburg's 2020 plan put in Senate budget, too

    Local Government

    TALLAHASSEE — House and Senate leaders announced Wednesday that they had agreed to include $650,000 for St. Petersburg's 2020 antipoverty plan.

  2. St. Pete Beach commission moves to fire city manager

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — In a surprise move Tuesday night, Mayor Maria Lowe, supported by Commissioners Melinda Pletcher and Terri Finnerty, gave City Manager Mike Bonfield warning that they intend to fire him.

  3. St. Petersburg officials hopeful antipoverty project will get favor with state legislators

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the 2020 Plan have an ambitious goal: reduce poverty by 30 percent in the city's poorest neighborhoods by the end of this decade.

  4. St. Petersburg residents get first chance to sound off on budget priorities tonight

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Residents will get their first official shot today to let Mayor Rick Kriseman know what they'd like to see in next year's budget.

  5. Would-be buyer of former St. Petersburg YMCA sues owner

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — The saga of the historic YMCA at 116 Fifth St. S continues. Tom Nestor, who has a purchase agreement to buy the 88-year-old building for $1.4 million, is suing the owner, V P C 3 II.

  6. Pinellas fire officials say county numbers not real in EMS feud

    Local Government

    When county officials hired a consultant to analyze proposed changes to Pinellas' emergency medical services system, they used real statistics from 2010-2011 for comparison.

  7. Consultant to study development designs in Pass-a-Grille

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Preservation of historic Pass-a-Grille will be the focus of a $22,000 consultant study beginning this week.

  8. City officials will give food truck regulations another shot this spring

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city is moving forward with changes to make it easier for food trucks to operate downtown.

    Maggie Loflin, who owns the Maggie on the Move food truck, often sets up just outside the downtown boundary, near Bayfront Health and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
  9. Excessive yard waste an issue in St. Pete Beach

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — The spring growing season often results in piles of tree and shrub trimmings and bags of yard waste lining and sometimes spilling into city streets, sometimes for days.

  10. New St. Pete Times debuts May 2


    To our readers:

    Beginning May 2, the Tampa Bay Times will introduce a reimagined St. Pete Times section with a new look to bring you the most interesting and important news and information about your community every Friday.

  11. Fire departments start to line up for EMS battle

    Local Government

    Battle lines are being drawn over a proposal to make sweeping changes designed to hold down the costs of Pinellas' emergency medical services system.

  12. Downtown's First United Methodist Church expands with second campus in Kenwood



    What better day than Easter to launch a new ministry, the Rev. Robin Hager asked.

    In an effort to become part of her new community, the Rev. Robin Hager volunteers at the Historic Kenwood Easter egg hunt on April 12. Hager’s in charge of the Foundry, a new “come-as-you-are congregation” that will begin worshiping in the cafeteria at St. Petersburg High today. Meanwhile, the United Methodist Church is still deciding the fate of its Red Brick Church across the street from the school. Story, Page 6.
  13. St. Petersburg officials weren't aware of payment promised to film festival

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the city's inaugural and much-anticipated BLUE Ocean Film Festival were looking for more than just a nice proclamation when they went before the City Council last week.

    They also were expecting a check.

    “This is a unique event. … It’s a really big deal,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said of the BLUE Ocean film festival.
  14. St. Petersburg deputy mayor reveals what led her to halt police promotions

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several weeks have passed since a group of officers, community leaders and city officials gathered at a church to discuss racial tensions at the Police Department.

  15. St. Petersburg mayor plans liaison to gay community, but two council members have concerns

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When a national report ranked Tampa as the leading city in Florida for its promotion of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents last fall, officials on this side of the bay took notice.

    Okay, maybe a little umbrage, too.