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  1. Looking Back: St. Petersburg does the Calypso with Jacques Cousteau (July 15, 1975)


    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on July 15, 1975. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Weaver Tripp.

    Jacques Cousteau (center), Sen. John T. Ware, R-St. Petersburg (left) and an unidentified man (right) speak to the media about potentially moving the Cousteau Society to the city of St. Petersburg.

TIMES | Weaver Tripp
  2. Treasure Island city manager search to start from scratch

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — City commissioners, disappointed with the number and quality of applicants for city manager, decided Tuesday to start over and hire an executive search firm.

    Treasure Island Commissioner Ken Keys thought adding former Madeira Beach city manager Shane Crawford to the pool would "bring a little too much drama.''
  3. Will Rick Baker finally march in St. Pete Pride this year? It's complicated


    ST. PETERSBURG — As the city prepares for the largest LGBT celebration in Florida this weekend, this year's St. Pete Pride parade will march right into the midst of the heated election battle between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker.

    Thousands lined the streets of Central Avenue during the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg in June 2016. The Pride parade had become an issue in St. Petersburg's mayoral election: incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman will march again in the parade for a fourth time on Saturday, but former mayor Rick Baker will not. Baker did not march when he served as mayor from 2001-10, but said this year he will visit the parade and Sunday's festival. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  4. Vinoy resort will ask St. Petersburg voters to approve new parking garage (with tennis courts on top)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is undergoing a $50 million redevelopment and part of that plan calls for building a new one-story parking garage over eight existing tennis courts.

    The Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club is undergoing a $50 million redevelopment. The Vinoy wants to build a one-story parking garage as part of that project, in place of eight existing tennis courts. The tennis courts would be moved on top of the garage, which would hold 270 parking spots. But the Vinoy needs St. Petersburg voters to approve the project in a November referendum. This is an artists' rendering of the new garage from the street. [Courtesy of Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club]
  5. St. Petersburg preschool worker, 58, accused of using 'excessive force' on two toddlers


    ST. PETERSBURG — A preschool worker was arrested this week after police said she used "excessive force" on two toddlers.

    Linda Faye Williams
  6. Epilogue: James 'Jimmy' Kelley remembered as local tarpon legend

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG ­— Anyone who knew anything about fishing in the area knew James "Jimmy" Kelley, 81, who died this month, his friends said.

    James "Jimmy" Kelley. (Photo Courtesy of Cindy Mucerino).
  7. Madeira Beach comes to terms with former city manager and clerk

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Embattled City Manager Shane Crawford and former City Clerk Cheryl Crawford formally walked away Monday as both he and the new City Commission tried to put an end to the city's contentious politics.

    Former  Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford. [JAMES BORCHUCK, Times]
  8. Florida's toll system can be confusing to navigate


    After a recent road trip to Apopka, during which I travelled on State Road 429 from Interstate 4, I received a bill from the Florida Department of Transportation's toll enforcement for $5 and a bill from the Central Florida Expressway Authority for $6.80. After phone conversations with both organizations, I was told …

    Times files Florida's toll system involves a confusing array of agencies and methods of collection.
  9. Kriseman-Baker debate set for July 25 sponsored by the Times, Bay News 9, St. Pete College


    ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest mayoral contest in city history is going primetime.

    Former St. Petersburg mayor and current mayoral candidate Rick Baker, left, is seen with incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman in this compound image. The two will debate each other in front of a live television audience July 25 at the Palladium Theater. The debate is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9 along with the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College. The hour-long debate will start at 7 p.m. and be moderated by Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith and Bay News 9 anchor Holly Gregory.
  10. Gandy overpass construction won't be finished until fall because of rain delays


    After missing a spring completion date, engineers working on the Gandy Boulevard construction project pushed the completion date to this summer.

    The $83 million Gandy Boulevard project won' be done until fall, state officials now say. The project will include a six-lane elevated road east of Interstate 275 to west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and four lanes east of Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER    |  TIMES]
  11. Seminole blessing box works for those who give and those who need

    Human Interest

    SEMINOLE — A national trend that features neighbors anonymously helping neighbors has come to the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College.

    Friends and neighbors with the "Blessing Box" that they have set up and installed where people can anonymously contribute non-perishable food and toiletries for those in need along the sidewalk from the parking lot of the Dennis L. Jones Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St., in Seminole. From left are neighbors Sue Busch, 64, Barbara Cottrell, 57, Michelle Radin, 60, Tami Grzesikowski, 58, (the Blessing Box pictured in background) Victoria Munger,7, her older brother Charles Munger, 10, and their parents Kira Munger, 36, and Scott Munger, 39. The neighbors all live in the Frank Estates neighborhood in Seminole.
  12. As St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman unveils latest budget, some residents fear being left behind


    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's election year budget got a mixed greeting Monday night from a large crowd that feared being left behind in a city on an economic roll.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (center) shares a laugh while talking with Susan McGrath (left), Chair of the Pinellas County Democratic Party, and Christina Diamond during a campaign style stop at Cycle Brewing, 534 on Thursday night. Residents can find out what the mayor's next budget holds at a meeting to be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times] 

  13. Pinellas news briefs


    Boating Safety Course Offered by United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

  14. St. Petersburg finally breaks ground on long-awaited Campbell skate park

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — After years of planning and waiting, skateboarders will finally get their skate park.

    St. Petersburg on Friday broke ground on the long-awaited and long-delayed Campbell Park Regional Skate Park near Tropicana Field. These are artist's renderings of the new park. [Courtesy of City of St. Petersburg]
  15. Hometown Pinellas


    Islettes present Treasure Island fire chief with check in honor of former chief

    The Treasure Islettes, the women?€™s club of Treasure Island, presented the Island?€™s  Fire Chief, Frank Fernandez, with a check for $3,600, in honor of the late Charlie Fant. (Photo courtesy of the Islettes).