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  1. Black history honors look backward and forward

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Legacy Week celebrated Black History Month with a look back and a look forward. Events from Feb. 2 to Feb. 10 included a discussion with Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette, an awards banquet, a golf tournament and a celebration party.

    Freedom Rider Bernard LaFayette  took part in the week’s events.
  2. Pinellas licensing board will negotiate settlement with ex-leader Rodney Fischer

    Local Government

    LARGO –– The governing board of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board voted unanimously Thursday to hire an interim executive director and to negotiate the exit of its old executive director.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, asked the governing board to give him a $100,000 payout at Thursday's meeting. The board voted to negotiate a settlement with its former leader. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  3. Patient meets paramedics who saved his life

    Public Safety

    Seconds after Angela Johns went to get a glass of water for her husband, Jerry, on a break from yard work, she heard his body hit the garage floor.

  4. Meeting scheduled on Lincoln Cemetery effort

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — A community meeting to discuss plans for the historic African-American Lincoln Cemetery, 600 58th St. S, is set for 6 p.m., Feb. 27, at Greater Mount Zion AME Church, 1045 16th St S, St. Petersburg.

  5. Roller Derby opportunities in Largo

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Revolution Roller Derby, a coed flat-track roller derby league established about five years ago in Pasco County, has expanded to Largo. Practices are starting on Sundays at Northeast Park and Paw Place, 4630 E Bay Drive. Enthusiasts are invited to come check out both playing and volunteering opportunities …

  6. Pinellas County Urban League expands help

    Human Interest

    The Pinellas County Urban League has expanded into Hernando, Lake, Marion, Pasco, Seminole and Sumter counties.

  7. Jordan Park deal is closer to reality

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Housing Authority is inching towards ownership of Jordan Park, the 24-acre public housing complex near 22nd Street and Ninth Avenue S.

  8. Madeira Beach turmoil continues

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — The city is reeling from a bitterly fought election, continuing debate over controversial hotel projects, and now the replacement of the city clerk by the city manager's girlfriend.

    And that was just Tuesday.

    Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford]
  9. Pinellas County records: Rodney Fischer logged one vacation day from August 2008 through 2011

    Local Government

    LARGO — Rodney Fischer worked so much from August 2008 through 2011 that the leader of Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board logged only one vacation day, records show.

    The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board listens to a St. Petersburg resident during an emergency meeting Feb. 9 to discuss hiring a temporary director and to discuss whether to keep Fischer on the payroll through June. [ JIM DAMASKE   |   Times ]
  10. Pinellas news briefs


    Business professionals invited to 'lunch and learn'

  11. Work at Belcher and Belleair roads to take a few more weeks


    Can you please tell me what is going on with the intersection of Belcher Road and Belleair Road? Early last fall construction began to lengthen and widen turn lanes on Belleair Road but nothing has been happening for the past three months.

    Laura Center

  12. Hometown South Pinellas


    Clearwater Sun reunion seeks former employees

  13. Pinellas construction licensing board to be focus of grand jury probe

    Local Government

    Pinellas County's top prosecutor has decided to open a criminal investigation into the local construction licensing board, which has been embroiled in controversy since a series of Tampa Bay Times reports raised questions about the agency's conduct.

    Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe said Friday his office will launch an investigation into the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. That was prompted by the governing board's failure Thursday to approve a new interim director to take over the agency. The former executive director was Rodney Fischer (standing), who announced his resignation Jan. 31 after a series of Tampa Bay Times articles that raised questions about the way the agency disciplines contractors and conducts itself. Fisher appeared at Thursday's meeting to tell the governing board it owes him a $96,000 payout. No decision was made on that matter. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  14. St. Petersburg eyes zoning changes after explosion of large homes

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — Drive through Snell Isle, the Old Northeast or other areas near downtown St. Petersburg, and it's hard to ignore the amount of residential construction.

    There is a lot of it.

    Joyce Otazo likes the two new McMansions by her Snell Isle duplex. The city’s zoning official says the second-floor setbacks on those houses help make them appear less bulky at street level.
  15. Turmoil roils Madeira Beach

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Election season here is starting to echo the turmoil that roiled City Hall six years ago and ended with the firing or resignation of all top city employees and defeat at the polls of several sitting commissioners.