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  1. St. Petersburg officials trying again on city's little-used port

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Walt Miller has a vision for the tiny port he manages: Woods Hole, Florida edition.

  2. College notebook

    College

    Immigrant law student to tell his story at Eckerd

    USF St. Petersburg is now part of PSTA’s Universal Pass program.
  3. St. Pete Beach commission rallies behind choice for manager

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — If contract negotiations are successful, the city's future will be in the hands of a new city manager who says he has dealt successfully with comprehensive plan, infrastructure and redevelopment issues.

    David Saunders was selected as city manager.
  4. Stark differences among Largo candidates in Seat 1 commission race

    Local Government

    LARGO — Voters here have a stark choice between the candidates running for Seat 1 on the City Commission.

  5. Sheriff's recovery program offers addicts another chance

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER

    Dwight Tully believes this is his last chance.

    Dwight Tully, 55, recently completed a Sheriff’s Office substance abuse program. Here, he serves dinner to his dad, Paul Tully, 85.
  6. Hometown South Pinellas

    Briefs

    Good news for FIRE Departments: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated the donation of equipment to Seminole Fire Rescue and the Treasure Island Fire Department. Seminole Fire Rescue received fire prevention and safety materials worth more than $20,000. The equipment will be used to educate members of …

    Chief Bill Mallory of Treasure Island Fire, and Firehouse Subs franchise owner Sarju Patel are shown with the donated Sea-Doo rescue accessories.
  7. As St. Petersburg's Beach Drive hops, valet permits stop

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Beach Drive's success has bred traffic jams, parking shortages and the demand for more valet services. • Though these aren't the worst problems to have, Mayor Rick Kriseman and other city officials are talking with business owners to figure out how to address them.

    Cassis on Beach Drive NE in St. Petersburg is one of several downtown restaurants that offers valet parking for customers. It is the only one directly on Beach. Others are on side streets.
  8. Spirited BrewHaHa gala helps children with cancer

    Human Interest

    BrewHaHa is Saturday

    BrewHaHa, a Halloween-themed extravaganza that includes food, fire cannons, psychic readers, costume contests, music and more, this year benefits the 1Voice Foundation to help children who have cancer. The party starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rutland-Farley estate, 5030 Sunrise Drive …

  9. Pedestrian concerns at downtown St. Petersburg intersections

    Accidents

    There is a serious need for a traffic study at two locations in downtown St. Pete: Fourth Avenue at Fifth Street S, where there is only a stop sign for northbound and southbound traffic, and Third Avenue at Fifth Street S, with a flashing light — red for north and south and yellow for the eastbound and …

    The corner of Third Avenue S at Fifth Street in downtown St. Petersburg. Construction hinders pedestrians, for now. 
  10. Old St. Petersburg parking meters collect donations to help the homeless

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Later this week, residents will start to see a new kind of meter around downtown.

    The bright yellow donation stations will be in downtown 
St. Petersburg to raise money for homeless initiatives.
  11. Vegas Showgirls foreclosure off

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — The foreclosure auction of Vegas Showgirls strip club at 10568 Gandy Blvd. has been canceled, according to its owner and the Pinellas County Clerk of Court's foreclosure calendar.

  12. St. Petersburg to look into expected sea level rise in waterfront master plan

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG

    When city officials publicly kicked off the downtown waterfront master planning process in August, they described the nearly seven miles fronting Tampa Bay as a beautiful gem that set the city apart.

    Much of St. Petersburg’s waterfront, shown from the Vinoy Renaissance hotel, left, to the tip of the Albert Whitted Airport runways, right, is barely above sea level. Experts agree that Tampa Bay’s sea level is expected to rise several feet by 2100.
  13. District golf: East Lake boys poised for postseason run

    Preps

    Tyler Dierwechter felt bad. After shooting 75 in last year's district tournament to help the East Lake High boys golf team advance to regionals, he was unable to play in the next round due to a family cruise.

    Tyler Dierwechter stands on the Swilcan Bridge at the St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland last year.
  14. St. Petersburg City Council sued for not following rules on long meetings

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members debated at some length Thursday whether they should study how to become more efficient.

  15. In a crowded market, new Publix on Fourth Street stocks up on extras to lure shoppers

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Now that the new Publix at 3700 Fourth St. N is open, it's doubtful shoppers will still refer to the chain's other store two blocks away as "the good Publix." Many have used that term for the store at 200 37th Ave. N since the Albertsons across the street was converted to a Publix in …

    100 people were in line when the new Publix store at 3700 Fourth Street N, St. Petersburg opened at 8 a.m. Thursday. Customer Dave Springer, 64, St. Petersburg, a retired worker for Pinellas County, who is disabled, was first in line. He had waited for the store to open since 6am. "It's not a store, it's an experience, said Springer who has shopped at Publix for 8 years. "When they were out of product, Publix called me at home when they got the product. Now that's customer service," he said. "I'm looking forward to the new shopping experience." SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES