St. Pete Times

  1. Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach approve redevelopment

    Real Estate

    MADEIRA BEACH — Sharp political differences about future development in two of the county's largest beach communities were on vivid display Tuesday.

  2. Soccer's success in St. Pete leads to legal tussle

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steve Nadel remembers clearly when he first thought of luring the Tampa Bay Rowdies away from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

  3. County approves advertisements on its Pinellas Trail signs


    Advertisements will start popping up by next year on the 47-mile Pinellas Trail.

    Advertisements will soon occupy the bottom fifth of the informational signs along the Pinellas Trail. Some people are unhappy about the ads.
  4. Pinellas Commission candidate: Let some firefighters transport patients

    Local Government

    Pinellas should change its emergency medical services system to allow firefighter-paramedics to take people to the hospital, says an outgoing state representative who is running for a seat on the County Commission.

    “I think there is a way to do both. There is nothing wrong with (firefighters) transporting.”
Ed Hooper, outgoing state representative who is running for a seat on the County Commission
  5. Another holiday, another trash problem on St. Pete Beach


    ST. PETE BEACH — Masses of people came to the beach for the July 4 weekend, and with them came their trash.

    This Dumpster near the beach entrance to the Postcard Inn was overflowing Saturday.
  6. Five St. Petersburg police officers promoted

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Interim police Chief Dave DeKay promoted five officers Thursday, capping a process clouded earlier this year by allegations of impropriety during testing.

  7. Local Longboard is on a creative roll in St. Pete


    A Local longboard lives up to its name. Its handcrafted deck is made of an exotic hardwood with a maple core from Central Florida. The wheels come from a manufacturer in St. Petersburg or Jacksonville. A few are designed by local artists. When the board leaves the Local Longboard Company to cruise down the Pinellas …

    At Local Longboard, co-owned by Travis Hise, each board is cut, rounded and sanded by hand.
  8. St. Pete council members like what they see in mayor's budget — so far

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Council members will have months to sift through the proposed budget Mayor Rick Kriseman submitted to them last week.

  9. Officials once again mulling over homeless problem in St. Pete, Pinellas County

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jeff Schorr has witnessed the evolution of the city's homeless problem over the years from his Central Avenue gallery.

    Sleeping in public areas, like St. Petersburg’s Williams Park, was reduced when Pinellas Safe Harbor opened.
  10. Clearwater restaurant boasts best key lime pie — and can prove it

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — The best key lime pie in America can be found on Sunset Point Road, according to some folks who ought to know.

    Zukie Tzekas of Clearwater’s Sunset Grill recently won first place with her key lime pie in the 2014 American Pie Council’s national championship in the Independent division.
  11. Ruth: Plan for grand St. Petersburg museum is an eye-opener


    On this much we can all probably agree. Rudy Ciccarello appears to be a man willing to put his money where his museum is — or will be.

  12. Property appraiser sets record straight on St. Pete submerged lands

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov says her office will correct its records to show that the city, not a mysterious land trust, owns a large swath of Smacks Bayou.

    Pam Dubov says research shows that most of the contested property belongs to the city.
  13. Creative investor seeking ideas to perk up his swath of Central Avenue


    ST. PETERSBURG — A New York investor could change the face of Central Avenue's EDGE District with construction of a retail incubator, loft apartments and a large garden.

    Plain Jane shop owner Karen Porterfield welcomes the boost to small business.
  14. Bill Edwards sues baseball commission over Al Lang Stadium

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The fight between businessman Bill Edwards and the nonprofit St. Petersburg Baseball Commission over a popular downtown sports facility could be headed for a courtroom.

    Bill Edwards also says he has been cheated on ticket sales.
  15. Gerard fundraising going gangbusters


    There is no official record book for such things, but the rumbling in local political circles is that Largo Mayor Pat Gerard already has raised more money than any other Democratic candidate for Pinellas County Commission.