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  1. Fines in battle over Redington Long Pier repairs could go over $100,000

    Local Government

    REDINGTON SHORES — An ongoing legal battle between town officials and the owner of the Redington Long Pier could result in more than $100,000 in fines for the pier owner.

    The Redington Long Pier owner insists the structure is safe and meets applicable building codes.
  2. Exhibit to highlight Tampa Bay area civil rights struggle

    Human Interest


    Minson Rubin recalls signs that forbade and corralled "coloreds."

    Kress employees close the counter in 1960 during a sit-in in St. Petersburg. Blacks could work there but not dine there.
  3. Woman accused of making child her accomplice in Walmart theft


    PINELLAS PARK — A 25-year-old woman made a 9-year-old her accomplice in an attempt to steal from Walmart on July 17, according to an arrest report.

  4. Treasure Island budget includes possible toll on causeway

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — City commissioners are considering a budget that holds the line on property taxes but paves the way for charging a causeway bridge toll.

    Some city officials favor re-establishing a toll on the Treasure Island Causeway.
  5. Bridge over Riviera Bay being studied


    Is it true that the San Martin Boulevard Bridge will be replaced soon?

  6. Pinellas news briefs


    ST. ANTHONY'S HOSPITAL PLANS VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT FAIR: St. Anthony's Hospital Volunteer Resources will be hosting a volunteer recruitment fair from 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 5 in the main lobby of the hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The hospital is seeking volunteers for many areas including the …

  7. County commissioner Janet Long earns certification

    Local Government

    Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long has earned a certification for county commissioners from the Florida Association of Counties.

  8. Filing starts Tuesday for Seminole City Council seats


    If you're thinking of running for City Council, now's the time to decide. Filing opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday and ends at 4 p.m. Aug. 10. Candidates must be qualified no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 6. Two council seats, held by Patricia Plantamura and Chris Burke, are up for grabs. No definite candidates have yet surfaced …

  9. Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach opens rooftop lounge


    ST. PETE BEACH — There's a swanky new lounge with a view called 360 Rooftop at Hotel Zamora. About a year after the Spanish style boutique hotel debuted at 3701 Gulf Blvd., the rooftop is now open to the public with a full bar.

    360 Rooftop, the lounge above the Hotel Zamora, offers seating, drinks and views of the Gulf.

 Photo by  Diamond Public Relations
  10. Pinellas County accepting proposals from would-be buyers of the Young-Rainey STAR Center

    Local Government

    LARGO — Pinellas County has put a "for sale" sign on a unique asset.

    The STAR Center, originally built in 1956 by General Electric, was a hub for manufacturing of the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The county is taking proposals for the property until Aug. 31.
  11. As St. Pete's Kriseman makes plans to visit Cuba, Tampa's Buckhorn looks elsewhere

    Local Government

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman didn't hide his glee earlier this week when the United States and Cuba reopened their long-closed embassies.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
  12. Dockside Dave's to close St. Pete Beach location


    ST. PETE BEACH — Dockside Dave's, a longtime fixture on Boga Ciega Bay is closing July 31. The restaurant is a favorite spot with locals and tourists for its fried grouper sandwiches, grouper bites, grouper tacos, blackened grouper and, well, you get the point. The Dockside Dave's on Madeira Beach will remain …

  13. Kriseman cuts back duties for administrator who oversaw recycling

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The man behind the city's botched rollout of universal curbside recycling will no longer supervise the sanitation department that launched the program last month.

    Mike Connors, Pier Selection Committee Chairman, front, said during the St. Petersburg City Council meeting in May, "I see myself going to this Pier Park time and time again." [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  14. Centerfielder gets big payoff by playing small ball



    Yankees outfield prospect Dustin Fowler's reputation preceded his call-up to advanced-A ball in Tampa.

    Since his call-up to the Tampa Yankees from the Charleston RiverDogs, Dustin Fowler has hit .318 with nine RBIs in 18 games.
  15. Reward offered for man wanted in Clearwater murder

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County is offering up to a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Gilberto Juarez-Hernandez, charged with killing a mother and her 2-year-old son on July 19, 2003. Petra Martin, 31, and her son, Uriel, were fatally stabbed inside their apartment at 400 S …