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  1. Pinellas Park, Lealman: Take EMS oversight away from County Commission

    Local Government

    The war between the cities and fire districts that provide emergency medical services and Pinellas County, which parcels out the money to pay for those services, stretches back to the beginning of the system in the 1980s.

    Pinellas Park City Council member Rick Butler wants to work on the proposal immediately.
  2. Florida Botanical Gardens lights up the holidays



    With so much flora — both exotic and native — the Florida Botanical Gardens on any day is a sight to behold.

    The Holiday Lights in the Garden extravaganza kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today and continues through Dec. 31. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the Palm Garden for nightly entertainment, up until the big day, that is.
  3. Ruth: Penny-pinching, not light rail, killed Greenlight Pinellas


    Whew! That's a relief. For a while it appeared the fine citizens of the county had rejected this month's Greenlight Pinellas referendum because voters would have rather eaten a plate of cold, withered green peas than agree to an expanded transportation system that included a light rail component.

  4. Hometown South Pinellas


    3 take top honors in voice competition: The Largo Community Center held its Voice of Largo Talent Show on Nov. 6 with performances by the top 12 finalists from throughout Pinellas County. Ben Cortez won first place singing I Love the Way You Love Me, Bob Allen won second place singing New York, New …

    Ben Cortez, left, Bob Allen and William Sweeney were the winners of the Voice of Largo Talent Show on Nov. 6.
  5. Panhellenic Association plans holiday party

    Human Interest

    Panhellenic holiday party

    The St. Petersburg Panhellenic Association hosts a holiday party and ornament exchange on Wednesday at Middle Grounds Grill, 109025 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. (727) 543-7286.

    Cookie decorating

  6. Affordable housing gets go-ahead in Largo



    Affordable housing complex gets go-ahead

    City officials have issued a development order to HTG Pinellas 2 LLC allowing construction to begin on a 63-unit affordable housing apartment complex. The 4.4 acre site is at 601 16th Ave. SE, adjacent to the city's public work's facility. The development …

    The redesign for the former Gas Plant Antiques building in St. Petersburg.
  7. Treasure Island considers canceling, relocating beach events

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The city is fighting a recent court ruling prohibiting motorized traffic on its beachfront but at the same time is considering canceling or relocating city-sponsored events held there.

  8. St. Pete Beach faces millions in sewer repairs

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — The city must spend millions of dollars to repair and refurbish its aging sewer system or pay severe penalties to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

    City Manager Wayne Saunders says the DEP order is fair.
  9. False security alarms may come with a price in St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Last year, police officers were dispatched to more than 9,700 calls triggered by false security alarms, an average of about 27 a day.

  10. Police: Hotel burglar snags erectile dysfunction meds, ostomy bags



    Police: Hotel burglar snags erectile dysfunction meds, ostomy pouches

  11. St. Petersburg Museum of History's "Hot Havana Nights" sizzles

    Human Interest


    With authentic music from Ybor City's Orquesta Infinidad, and food from Parkshore Grill, the St. Petersburg Museum of History's "Hot Havana Nights" fundraiser also offered spectacular nighttime views of the city's waterfront from inside historic Hangar 1 at Albert Whitted Airport.

    David Jezek, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, left, with Bob Ulrich, former St. Petersburg mayor.
  12. Seminole Mall developer wants city to lobby Pinellas for millions in tax rebates


    SEMINOLE — Developers want millions in tax rebates from Pinellas property owners for redeveloping Seminole Mall and they want the city's help in convincing county commissioners to agree to the deal.

  13. For the Lawrences and the Browns, basketball and friendship run deep


    ST. PETERSBURG — They became friends at Lakewood High School more than 25 years ago, a bond born through basketball.

    Anthony Lawrence Jr., from left, adds a little extra to his layup as Stephon Williams, Cody Carden and Barry Brown Jr. watch during practice at Admiral Farragut Academy in 2006. That year, as members of the Courtside Cavaliers, they won the U9 AAU state title.
  14. Hometown South Pinellas


    Fundraising firefighters: A group of ambitious firefighters from Lealman put down their hoses and trained for Tough Mudder Central Florida on Nov. 8 in Kissimmee. Carl Joyner, Daniel Gregory, Jason Sharpe, Jeremy Graham and Eddie Robertson competed in a challenging series of obstacles as a fundraiser for the …

    Edwin Pinkham, left, and Michael Pagnotta.
  15. South Pinellas community news




    One sprite is soaking in a tub of hot cocoa, while another is diving into a pot of icing. Hey elves, only 35 days until Christmas. Quit smelling the cookies and get back to work.

    SCOTT  KEELER   |   Times