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  1. St. Pete's $20 million gamble: Growing sea grass for money

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's good to be green, especially if it makes the city millions in cash.

  2. Epilogue: Tasker Beal gave his life — and love — to Ridgecrest community

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Monday through Friday, for 40 years, Tasker Beal awoke before the sunrise.

    Tasker Beal never moved away from the Ridgecrest community he loved.
  3. Marijuana civil citations move toward approval in St. Petersburg

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — Over the objections of police Chief Tony Holloway, council members on Thursday tentatively approved a measure that would allow people caught with small amounts of marijuana to avoid jail and instead pay a fine.

    Police Chief Tony Holloway wants to wait and see what a county ordinance will create.
  4. Charity ball games to aid law enforcement officers

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Two ballgames, all-you-can-eat-food and a fireworks show isn't all you'll get for $18 at Bright House Networks Field this weekend. Entry fees will help two local law enforcement officers fight cancer.

  5. Oldsmar snipes back over St. Petersburg official's comment

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — At the end of last week's City Council meeting, council member Jerry Beverland, a 50-year resident, seemed a little grumpy when he used unpleasant verbiage to describe St. Petersburg.

    Oldsmar City Council member Jerry Beverland.
  6. Land at key intersection near Tyrone Square Mall sells for $875,000

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — A small piece of land on one of the most visible intersections in the city changed ownership Tuesday.

  7. Largo manager's forum on website calls for ideas on city's identity, future

    Local Government

    LARGO — City Manager Henry Schubert has created a section on a community forum website to discuss ideas for Largo's identity and future.

  8. Fundraising campaign seeks to help Gulfport shops damaged in fire

    Business

    GULFPORT — After a fire engulfed a plaza with four shops this month, community leaders are raising money to get the businesses back up and running.

  9. Neighborhood leaders decry reassignment of St. Petersburg community police officer

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Neighborhood leaders in the southern end of town are effusive in their praise of police Officer Dennis Kelly.

    Officer Dennis Kelly served the city’s southern communities.
  10. Garage to add parking for Postcard Inn, push out several longtime St. Pete Beach businesses

    Tourism

    ST. PETE BEACH

    Two businesses that have operated in the city for more than a half-century are being forced to move or close their doors to make room for a parking garage planned by the Postcard Inn.

    The Postcard Inn in St. Pete Beach plans to build a parking garage for several hundred cars on a small strip mall it owns next to the hotel. In all, six businesses were told they have until May 31 to move. Some have already left.
  11. Former Largo employee files whistle-blower lawsuit against city

    Local Government

    LARGO — A former Largo plumbing inspector is suing the city, claiming that officials violated a law meant to protect whistle-blowers by firing him in retaliation for a complaint he filed with a state agency.

    City Manager Henry Schubert says the firing was for misconduct, not retaliation.
  12. Daniel Ruth: St. Petersburg divides cash from BP oil spill

    Columns

    When you think of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from the images of destroyed wetlands and dead animals to the spill circulating through the Gulf of Mexico, the memories remain all too vivid.

  13. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    GIVE DAY TAMPA BAY: This communitywide, 24-hour online challenge is hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. This charitable event helps nonprofits raise money and bring awareness to the challenges facing these organizations. To donate, visit giveday.org/ anytime on Tuesday. The minimum donation is $25. …

  14. Treasure Island seeking to add staff to handle increase in building

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — Residential and commercial building is on the rise in the city, enough so that the city plans to hire another employee to issue permits and do inspections.

  15. Softball players get college offers as early as middle school

    Softballpreps

    Four years ago, Canterbury School of Florida's Danielle Romanello committed to play softball at the University of Florida, the school she had always dreamed of attending.

    Tampa Catholic freshman Alexa Russo says offers to play ball at Central Florida and South Florida “motivated me to work a lot harder than ever before.”