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  1. The story behind Priatek, the little company with its name on St. Pete's tallest building


    ST. PETERSBURG — Miami has the Four Seasons Hotel and Tower. Atlanta has Bank of America Plaza. Houston has the J.P. Morgan Chase Tower.

    St. Petersburg has Priatek Plaza.


    Priatek acquired naming rights to Pinellas County's tallest building. This is the former Bank of America building at 200 Central Ave. The company, which has about 15 employees and is relatively unknown, makes video game kiosks that reward players with discounts or free items at businesses. LARA CERRI  |   Times 

  2. More heard than seen, coyotes lurk about Snell Isle

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Coyote sightings are up on Snell Isle.

    A Coyote rests in a commercial lot Wednesday in Port Richey. "We've got coyotes in all 67 counties of Florida," said Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. "They are relatively common." And they could cause problems, although not usually for people. Mostly, coyotes fear humans and run away if confronted by them. It's small pets and open trash bins that attract their attention.
  3. Largo approves grant funding for downtown apartment complex


    LARGO — An empty lot off the main drag here will soon be home to an apartment complex with the help of a housing grant from the city aimed at revitalizing downtown.

  4. State report finds no public warnings, or violations, in St. Petersburg sewage spill


    ST. PETERSBURG — The warning came five hours after 50 children had finished their mid August sailing lesson at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

  5. Oldsmar BMX Supercross track: It's a race to the finish

    Local Government


    It's down to the wire for the city. The public grand opening of the renovated BMX Supercross track, one of only a handful of Olympic-level tracks in the country, will be in less than a week, and city workers as well as community volunteers are rushing to complete the finishing touches.

    The view from the top of the pro starting gate shows the BMX track in Oldsmar, which is nearing completion. “We’ll get it done,” said Lynn Rives, Oldsmar’s leisure services director. “We are devoting a lot of city staff to this.”
  6. YWCA honors 'Gems of the Community'

    Human Interest


    The YWCA of Tampa Bay honored several Tampa Bay area leaders at its "Pearls of Wisdom" fundraising luncheon, held in the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, which focuses on the organization's key initiatives: eliminating racism and empowering women.

  7. Treasure Island manager gets a raise

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — City Manager Reid Silverboard will receive a nearly 5 percent salary increase, boosting his annual pay to $120,259.

    Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard’s raise is $5,451.
  8. Big names top Sunday's Hispanic Heritage Concert

    Human Interest


    It's a chance to brush off your dancing shoes, party with a steamy lineup of well-known Latino performers and help celebrate everything Latino. On Sunday, the city's annual Hispanic Heritage Concert, officially the Clearwater Fuccillo Kia Maxima Concierto de la Herencia Hispana, will be at Coachman …

    Gente de Zona’s members first came together in an urban area of Havana known as Alamar, the birthplace of Cuban hip-hop.
  9. Burglary suspect accused of trying to escape from Clearwater Police Department



    Burglary suspect accused of trying to escape from police department

  10. Fundraiser has Roaring 20s theme

    Human Interest

    "A Grande Gala for Flappers & Fellas," a Roaring '20s theme party to benefit Religious Community Services, takes place Saturday at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. N, Clearwater. The evening features food, drink and entertainment. 6 p.m. VIP, $500 for two; 7 to 11 p.m. all others, $125. …

  11. Eckerd president blasts city over sewage study


    ST. PETERSBURG — In a strongly worded letter sent to Mayor Rick Kriseman, Eckerd College's president says an internal review of the city's wastewater system was a sham and needs to be revamped.

  12. BayCare's Urgent Care taking reservations


    To cut down on the time patients spend in waiting rooms, BayCare Urgent Care has started Save Your Spot. The program allows you to use your computer or other electronic device to reserve a time to go into an urgent care location and to receive updates on wait times via text or email.

  13. Family Promise facility finished in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Family Promise of Pinellas County, which helps homeless families gain economic independence, is celebrating the completion of its day center. The facility at 6201 22nd Ave. N was donated by Central Christian Church. It was renovated with community help, including Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas …

  14. St. Petersburg arts group gets new director

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mary Jane Park, a Tampa Bay Times editor and reporter, is the new executive director of the Warehouse Arts District Association.

  15. Hofbrauhaus a hit in early going in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — Hungry, thirsty, excited and patient diners have been waiting three and four hours to eat at Hofbrauhaus St. Petersburg during its first two weeks of business.