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  1. Seminole Mall developer wants city to lobby Pinellas for millions in tax rebates

    Business

    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.

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

    Preps

    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.
  3. Hometown South Pinellas

    News

    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.
  4. South Pinellas community news

    News

    CLEARWATER

    CELEBRATE FESTIVAL OF TREES THIS WEEKEND

    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
  5. Downtown St. Petersburg residential growth: It's all about the boom

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Downtown's residential development boom is in full swing. Three apartment buildings are completed, four more are in various stages of construction and six condo projects are under way. • By the time they are all finished, 2,031 new homes will be added within less than a mile of …

    430 Third Ave. S Size: 326 apartments, four stories Monthly rent: $1,275 to $2,700  Status: Near completion, 38 percent preleased  Developer: NRP Group, Cleveland
  6. What's in dispute in St. Pete Beach

    Local Government

    What's in dispute in St. Pete Beach

  7. St. Pete Beach conflict inches closer to resolution

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — A whisper of clarity has entered this city's decade-long debate and legal fighting over its comprehensive plan and development rules.

  8. Intersections are a source of several questions

    Roads

    Can you tell me what kind of work is going on along 49th Street and about 30th Avenue N?

    Steven Smith

  9. Despite minimum wage hike for workers, St. Petersburg at odds with largest union on contract

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Four weeks ago, Mayor Rick Kriseman stood on the steps of City Hall to announce his city would be the first in the Tampa Bay area to raise the floor on wages for its workers.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced in October a plan to raise the minimum wage for many city employees to $12.50 an hour.
  10. St. Petersburg sees budget surplus, but may return $2.2 million federal grant

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city will end its budget season with a surplus for the first time in years, despite months of projections about a possible deficit.

  11. St. Petersburg public shows interest in only small changes to waterfront

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Anyone hoping for a radical makeover on the city's waterfront likely left disappointed from a public meeting held Thursday at the Vinoy Renaissance resort.

  12. Shrek the Musical comes to Largo Cultural Center

    Stage

    LARGO

    The grouchy green giant is back to burping, passing gas and falling in love as Shrek the Musical takes the stage at the Largo Cultural Center tonight through Sunday.

    Shrek, played by Ben Taylor, finds Fiona, played by Rachel Crissman, as he climbs through her tower window in the show.
  13. Seminole mayor wants to paint the town red, white and blue

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — Mayor Leslie Waters recently drove up and down the city's main streets taking down names of businesses and looking for neighborhoods that display the American flag.

    Seminole Station 30 fire medics install an American flag on the front fender of Engine 30 at the Seminole Fire Rescue Maintenance Division.  [ CHERIE DIEZ  | Times (2012) ]
  14. Three questions with Largo receiver Dakarai Allen

    Footballpreps

    Largo High School's Dakarai Allen was a fleet and talented, yet unproven wide receiver at the start of the season. Allen, a junior, caught just two passes last season. Those numbers did not seem as if they would improve dramatically this season considering Allen was caught in a logjam with proven receivers. But Allen …

    Largo football player Dakarai Allen.
  15. Semifinalists named for top employees at Pinellas schools

    K12

    Sixteen employees from the Pinellas County School District have been named semifinalists in the 2014-15 Support Employee of the Year recognition program. They were selected from a group of 110 nominees and chosen in six categories: