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  1. Kenneth City mayor's spouse jumps into race

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — Voters here in November soundly defeated a proposal to eliminate term limits, thus preventing Teresa Zemaitis from seeking a third term as mayor.

    Leonard Zemaitis, 47, is a heavy equipment operator.
  2. Merry Christmas to your ears: Pile driving to cease over holiday


    ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown residents and businesses are about to enjoy a gift that even the Grinch could appreciate —a brief Christmas reprieve from the gloomy, clamorous clangs of a pile driver.

    A pile driver’s constant hammering during construction at 330 Third St. S in St. Petersburg has frayed the nerves of people who live nearby. It will shut down for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
  3. Indian Rocks Beach Post Office celebrates 100 years.


    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — It cost a penny to mail a postcard when the Indian Rocks Beach post office opened 100 years ago on Dec. 10, 1914, on a mainland dirt road leading to a ferry in the Narrows part of the Intracoastal Waterway. Today the road is 113th Avenue and the area is considered unincorporated …

    Indian Rocks Beach Mayor R.B. Johnson, center, is joined by postmaster Sherry Ulrich and other postal workers at a ribbon cutting ceremony signifying the start of another century of service for the post office. The event marked the Indian Rocks Beach post office’s 100th anniversary on Dec. 10. See story, Page 7
  4. St. Petersburg Pier's inverted pyramid a designer's dilemma


    And the Lens died for this?

    Few civic debates have been as filled with frantic Sturm und Drang hand-wringing as what to do with the Pier, the city's answer to a rusting Yugo sitting on blocks in the front yard.

  5. Pinellas police briefs: Locked car gets man locked up



    Man locked up after locking himself in someone else's car

  6. Hometown South Pinellas


    white doves among us: Trust Business Services recognized three people for going above and beyond in service to others as part of its White Dove Service Awards program at the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce breakfast. John Orr from Cell Phone Repair at Largo Mall, Dr. Fred Clark III from Bayfront Convenient …

    Lynn Ewonaitis, award recipients Lori Beineke and John Orr, and Debbe Bedillion. Trust Business Services recognized three people for going above and beyond in service to others as part of its White Dove Service Awards program at the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
  7. Traffic calmer, but not some Snell Isle residents

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Some Snell Isle residents are upset about the new traffic calming in their neighborhood and say it is hazardous, inconvenient and overly restrictive.

  8. New 'second chance' program for youth offenders to debut in St. Pete in 2015

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several months after embracing the idea of revamping its approach to juvenile crime, the city is now just weeks from implementing a new system designed to steer hundreds of young people away from the criminal justice system.

  9. No rubber stamp from City Council for St. Petersburg's deal with Rays

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rubber stamps appear to be scarce at City Hall.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman’s deal lets the Rays look in Hillsborough. The City Council will vote the plan tonight.
  10. Applications open for Clearwater centennial parade



    Parade applications open

    Applications are being accepted for the Clearwater Centennial Parade Celebration on May 30. The city is seeking businesses, civic associations, entertainment and performance groups, krewes, and nonprofits to join in the celebration of Clearwater's 100 years as a …

  11. St. Petersburg city employees to get paid family leave



    City employees to get six weeks of paid parental leave

    Volunteer Donna Burrows, bottom left, hands Prince the sea turtle to Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Adrienne Cardwell, left, and Cassie Edelman so it can be released into shallow water off Honeymoon Island on Tuesday morning. Prince and another rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle, Top Gun, were released after being treated for papilloma tumors.
  12. St. Petersburg debutantes to be presented at Coliseum

    Human Interest


    The St. Petersburg Debutante Club will recognize 18 young women and their families on Saturday at its annual black-tie Presentation Ball, a tradition since the late 1930s. As a community service project, the young women have helped young children who are served by the Barth Syndrome Foundation with …

  13. New traffic lights mean a learning curve for drivers


    I have noticed new flashing left-turn signals at some intersections in north Pinellas County that don't seem to run through the usual cycle. They light up at odd times and I'm wondering what the story is with these. Can you fill us in? I'm sure I'm not the only one who is scratching his head.

    Jim …

  14. Epilogue: Patricia Bailey-Snook changed political landscape in Pinellas Park

    Local Government

    PINELLAS PARK — Saying her goal was to help people, Patricia Louise Bailey-Snook volunteered to serve on a Pinellas Park advisory board.

    Patricia Bailey-Snook was Pinellas Park’s  first woman mayor.
  15. Company aims to make a point with $1,000 tips for customer service

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's the stuff of a Hallmark Channel holiday movie. Twenty lucky St. Petersburg employees, mostly in the restaurant business, are getting $1,000 tips just in time for Christmas thanks to a publicity stunt by a local company.

    Cassis American Brasserie’s Elliot Gunther thought it was Monopoly money.