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  1. Rays stadium: Trop redevelopment cash to nearby neighborhoods?

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — After more than half a year of debate, discord and drift, the City Council will meet again today to discuss the Tampa Bay Rays stadium stalemate.

    Tropicana Field is just outside the newly created Southside Community Redevelopment Area. If it were inside, the influx of cash to the community would be considerable.
  2. Carole Crist, Florida's former first lady, opens boutique near Beach Drive in St. Petersburg

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Former Florida first lady Carole Crist has just opened a women's clothing boutique on Third Avenue NE off Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from coverups to elegant flowing gowns, priced from $29 to more than $350.

    Florida's former first lady Carole Crist has opened a women's clothing boutique in St. Petersburg, on Third Avenue NE off of Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from cover ups to elegant flowing gowns priced from $29 to more than $350.
  3. Little-used St. Petersburg port gets new start as marine science center — for now

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — A shuttered aquarium and the city's largely empty port have joined forces in hopes of turning a neglected stretch of waterfront into an international destination for marine research and education.

  4. Parking study to assess whether St. Petersburg needs another garage

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For months, when parking problems have surfaced in public meetings, the reply from city transportation staffers has been consistent: We're going to study that.

  5. Shopping center merge at Welch Causeway causes confusion

    Roads

    On westbound Bay Pines Boulevard approaching the Welch Causeway, I had a near-accident near the Publix entrance. I was traveling in the far right lane, as I have many times before, to enter the Publix parking lot. But the old entrance was paved over and the lane was running out. Just a few feet west there is a new …

    On westbound Bay Pines Boulevard approaching the Welch Causeway, three lanes become two right before the entrance to the parking lot of the new Publix, causing confusion.
  6. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    DOLLAR SPLASH DAY: For $1 per person, kick off the fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. This event marks the opening weekend of all St. Petersburg city pools. Pools also open Sunday with new rates charging $2/age 3-12 and $3/13 and up. For a listing of area pools visit www.stpeteparksrec.org.

  7. Largo military museum has special plans for Memorial Day

    Visual Arts

    LARGO

    Monday's seventh annual Memorial Day Family Funfest at the Armed Forces History Museum is billed as "bigger, badder and bolder than ever."

    A half-size replica of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X1 jet is one of eight new exhibits at the Armed Forces History Museum.
  8. Largo owed millions in unpaid code enforcement fines

    News

    LARGO — Officials here are struggling to find ways to pay for the hiring of more cops and firefighters and to pay for other city needs.

  9. St. Pete Beach to take another stab at regulating public drinking

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Alcohol consumption, whether on the beach or on city sidewalks, continues to be a contentious issue here, stalling city plans to allow restaurants, bars and hotels to extend their service areas.

    Customers gather to watch the Florida sunset on the "Hurricane Watch Roof-Top" deck at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant in St. Pete Beach. [Luis Santana | Times]
  10. Hometown South Pinellas

    Briefs

    LARGO TEEN IDOL CROWNED: Blue Rose Yordan has been named winner of the 2015 Largo Teen Idol Competition, which took place on April 9 at the Largo Cultural Center. In additional to the grand prize package, Yordan was offered the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at a Blue Jays game and perform at local …

    The Guardian Angels Catholic School team won the Speech and Forensics competition hosted by the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
  11. Pinellas memorial to honor Gulf-era casualties

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — After a roadside bomb flipped his military vehicle in Afghanistan four years ago, U.S. Army Cpl. Frank Gross's family said goodbye in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.

    Toni Gross, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, hugs Cheryl Sitton, whose son died there in 2012.
  12. Jean Cromwell, keeper of Pinellas Park history, dies at 90

    Human Interest

    PINELLAS PARK — When this city turned 100 a few weeks ago, officials had a rich trove of documents and artifacts to draw from when looking back.

  13. Sunken Gardens expecting flamingo population boom; Treasure Island hotel gets makeover

    Briefs

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Sunken gardens adds 20 iconic flamingos

    George and Lucy, the last flamingos remaining at Sunken Gardens, are getting a whole lot of company this fall. The nonprofit group raising money to buy new flamingos for the city-owned attraction reached its $60,000 goal and 20 birds are being …

    The stage lights created a soft glow while audience members sat in the darkness of the theatre as students were inducted into John Hopkins Middle School’s Junior Thespian Troupe 88102. “Act well your part, there all the honor lies.” Students repeated the famous motto of the International Thespian Society, a quote by Alexander Pope, on May 13. Students cheered, teachers cried and parents watched proudly as students were handed certificates, candles and trophies to honor the budding thespians’ achievements. See video at tampbay.com/video.
  14. St. Pete is going to recycle — soonish

    Columns

    Can we all readily stipulate that the city of St. Petersburg is not sprawling Shanghai? This is not like planning the Invasion of Normandy or managing a Third World Ebola virus contagion.

  15. Cars for crack scheme lands former employee in jail

    Crime

    CLEARWATER

    Arthur Landau was fired from his job at Dimmitt Chevrolet in February when he stole an Impala from the dealership, arrest reports state.