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  1. City: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be in early March 2016

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City officials confirmed rumors Monday that next year's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take place in early March, a couple of weeks sooner than it has in past years.

    Next year’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will start earlier. Some hotels prefer the change so it won’t bump up against Easter.
  2. St. Petersburg police get (needed) help on crime lab, traffic

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — When crime scene technicians process evidence at the St. Petersburg Police Department, they go to in a cramped area on the ground floor of an 85-year-old building.

    Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy E. Prophete directs traffic before a Rays game last week. This is the first year that officers from other jurisdictions have been included in the off-duty work.
  3. Largo commissioner: City leadership is stale

    Local Government

    LARGO — This city's leadership is perceived as "stale" and wedded to status quo thinking that leaves many residents and employees wondering why they should try to be creative, concludes one Largo commissioner.

    Evaluations of Mac Craig, 79, generally praised him on his personal integrity.
  4. PSTA schedules hearings on bus routes

    Local Government

    Do you ride a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus? It's time to start paying attention.

  5. Pet grooming business opens in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Just in time for the dog days of summer, Dandy's Pet Grooming is opening at 2150 First Ave. S.

  6. Pinellas cities plan Night Out events

    Public Safety

    The community is invited to participate Tuesday in National Night Out. The annual event, held in communities all over the country, is aimed at fostering good relationships between residents and their police department. St. Petersburg's celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at in the Target parking lot at 8151 Dr. …

  7. Construction to begin on Pinellas clinic for homeless

    Local Government

    LARGO — Construction is about to begin on a long-awaited health clinic for Pinellas County's homeless residents.

  8. Former two-sport athlete finds diamond fits best


    DUNEDIN — While Anthony Alford's University of Mississippi teammates were beginning their preparation for a Southeast Conference matchup with Alabama in Week 6 of the college football season, he was in the process of making a life-altering choice.

    Anthony Alford, who was promoted to advanced-A ball in Dunedin in June, is hitting over .300 and has put together a 19-game hitting streak.
  9. Gourmet pop shop adds to Central Avenue's cool factor


    ST. PETERSBURG — A gourmet frozen fruit bars store is among three new businesses in the 600 block of Central Avenue.

    Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops, one of three new businesses on the block, will serve 20 kinds of frozen treats at a time out of its nearly 400 flavors. It will open by the end of August at 627 Central Ave.
  10. Man accused of having vodka, taking naked stroll in downtown St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 59-year-old man accused of walking naked in downtown while holding a cup of cranberry juice and vodka was arrested last week, according to police reports.

  11. New software causing headaches at key Seminole intersection


    I would like to ask if you can find out who changed the traffic light pattern at Park and Seminole Boulevards. During rush hour, Park Boulevard backs up westbound through the light at Home Depot, causing major issues. Cars are running the red light to enter and leave Home Depot due to the backups. It now takes an …

  12. Pinellas news briefs


    SAFE BOATING CLASS: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Gulfport, will be presenting a "About Boating Safely" education course from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 8. This course meets the requirements for a Florida boater safety ID card. Student keeps all books and handout materials. Upon completion of the course and …

  13. Madeira Beach officials say proposed tax increase is justified

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — A proposed 10 percent property tax rate increase to fund a $21 million budget is justified, city officials say, because of the progress made in the past few years, continuing capital improvements and the need to replenish the city's savings.

  14. Fines in battle over Redington Long Pier repairs could go over $100,000

    Local Government

    REDINGTON SHORES — An ongoing legal battle between town officials and the owner of the Redington Long Pier could result in more than $100,000 in fines for the pier owner.

    The Redington Long Pier owner insists the structure is safe and meets applicable building codes.
  15. Exhibit to highlight Tampa Bay area civil rights struggle

    Human Interest


    Minson Rubin recalls signs that forbade and corralled "coloreds."

    Kress employees close the counter in 1960 during a sit-in in St. Petersburg. Blacks could work there but not dine there.