St. Pete Times

  1. 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.

  2. New truck turnaround off Ulmerton Road irritates residents, business


    LARGO — The homeowner and the business owner stood staring at the odd-looking one-lane strip of fresh asphalt that loops around a retention pond alongside Ulmerton Road. It has no curb, no sidewalk and is just a few feet from neighboring homes.

    “You have to scratch your head,” Grosse Pointe Estates resident Gilles Deslauriers says of the truck turnaround off Ulmerton Road.
  3. Indian Rocks Beach seeks to make Gulf Boulevard more green

    Local Government

    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A green, tree-filled canopy along Gulf Boulevard is just one of a number of changes featured in a massive rewriting of the city's development codes.

    Indian Rocks Beach Mayor R.B. Johnson imagines a “vegetative cover.”
  4. St. Petersburg mayor earns kudos for business hire

    Local Government

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was singled out as one of a handful of mayors across the country who are both progressive and pro-growth.

  5. Largo commission ready to vote on Pinellas EMS plan

    Local Government

    LARGO — City commissioners here are ready to pressure the county to come to the bargaining table for talks about proposed funding cuts to the Pinellas emergency medical services system.

  6. Preparing for the Passover seder, there's an app for that

    Human Interest


    Chaya Korf was leading one of her monthly Lunch & Learn classes, offering tips for Passover, when she mentioned a new app created as a guide for the eight-day holiday.

    Demonstrating some functions of the Passover Assistant app, Rabbi Alter Korf of the Chabad Jewish Center also uses the time for teaching kids more about the holiday.  Rabbi Korf, center, refers to the Passover Assistant App on an iPhone as he helps make a Passover Chocolate Mousse Pie in the Chabad’s kitchen along with Ari Zimmer, from left, 16, Lee Kadury, 16, Hannah Zimmer, 14, and Victoria Bischoff, 17, all of St. Petersburg.
  7. Clearwater windsurfer, 17, competes for 2016 U.S. Olympic team

    Human Interest


    Jonathan Rudich, 17, never made it clear to his mother how much he was progressing in the sport of windsurfing.

    Jonathan maneuvers past other sailors from the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, which was recently named an official U.S. sailing center.
  8. Foundation Fighting Blindness dinner tests the senses

    Human Interest

    Dinner to be a sensory experience

    Dining in the Dark, a fundraising dinner to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness, will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. The meal is a sensory experience in which guests dine in complete darkness …

  9. Linda Marcelli honored for work at Academy Prep of St. Petersburg

    Human Interest


    The annual Evening of Dreams benefit dinner for Academy Prep of St. Petersburg gave a nod to the culture of India in "Moon over Mumbai," held at the TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach.

    Linda Marcelli, left, shown with Dimity Carlson, received the Jeffrey L. Fortune Dream Maker Award at a benefit for Academy Prep of St. Petersburg.
  10. Ruth: Lure of the campaign becomes an addiction for Alex Sink


    “If you all will take your seats we can begin this week's meeting of Politicians Anonymous. As you can see, we have a new member joining us tonight. Would you care to introduce yourself? Don't be shy."

    Alex Sink, with daughter Lexi McBride, revels in her last victory, as CFO of Florida in 2006.
  11. Lacy widow plans to re-file lawsuit against city of St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Christine Lacy will not end her fight to get the city to pay for damages related to the demolition of her home after her husband's fatal encounter with two police officers in 2011.

  12. St. Petersburg officials concerned about city's rate of saving

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG -— Last year marked the second year in a row the city saved less than it had hoped.

  13. St. Petersburg's Sundial lands a retail coup with Tracy Negoshian store


    ST. PETERSBURG — With a 4-month-old store surpassing expectations in Naples, Tracy Negoshian is opening a second location in Sundial.

  14. St. Pete Brewing opens; Sea Dog rolls out the barrels

    Bars & Spirits

    National Beer Day was April 7, but locally, Thursday was more exciting.

    After a long wait, St. Pete Brewing Co. finally opens its doors at 544 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg.
  15. Federal judge dismisses Christine Lacy's lawsuit against city of St. Petersburg


    TAMPA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of St. Petersburg brought earlier this year by the widow of a fugitive who killed two police officers in 2011.

    Christine Lacy