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  1. Mayor Rick Kriseman has deal for new St. Petersburg police headquarters

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Saturday that he has struck a deal with Pinellas County that will allow the city to build a new police headquarters all at once. The revelation was the highlight of his first State of the City address from the steps of City Hall.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman applauds the police and firefighters during his state of the city address Saturday Jan. 24, 2015. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]
  2. St. Petersburg's Woodson museum to be sold in six months

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Despite overwhelming opposition from a room full of citizens and strong objections by two of its members, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority board voted 4-3 Thursday to eventually sell the building that houses the city's only African-American history museum.

  3. Pinellas proposes spending $1 million to improve behavior at five schools


    LARGO — Pinellas County school officials want to spend $1 million to teach classroom management techniques to teachers and administrators at struggling St. Petersburg elementary schools.

  4. Green Devils basketball team racks up wins


    ST. PETERSBURG — The biggest question hanging over St. Petersburg High School's boys basketball team was whether a starting lineup that consists of three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman could resist cracking under the pressure of a fan base accustomed to watching the program make deep playoff runs.

    St. Petersburg High’s Darius Banks (5) goes up for a shot against Winter Park’s Austin Goodluck (32) in the 8A region final last season.
  5. 'Quintessence' fundraiser an evening of luxury

    Human Interest


    Access to excess: that was "Quintessence," a multifaceted fundraiser offering look-sees of luxury transportation, fashion, cuisine and entertainment.

    Judy Green, CEO of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, left, Kurt Gleeson, Lena White and Tracy Eisnaugle at “Quintessence” on Jan. 16 at Peter O. Knight Airport.
  6. Trouble in beach bar paradise: Pinellas and the Getaway feud with I.C. Sharks



    From a distance, the waterfront bars and restaurant scene at I.C. Sharks and the Getaway off Gandy Boulevard look like a Shangri-la of boats, beer, seafood and sand. But the owner of the Getaway and Pinellas County are both in litigation against popular beach bar, seafood market and bait shop …

    TIKI HUT ROOF ON DOCK: According to Pinellas County, I.C. Sharks has violated codes by building a tiki hut over its dock, which keeps light from reaching underwater vegetation. Fines have reached more than $500,000 since May 2013. Owners of neighboring restaurant-bar the Getaway say that I.C. Sharks is using its pilings to anchor floating docks.
  7. Ruth: Pitch for St. Petersburg pier must defeat public apathy


    Poor Kristin Brett. She is about to undertake an enterprise about the same as if the Tampa Bay Bucs attempted to pass off quarterback Josh McCown in a trade to the New England Patriots for Tom Brady.

  8. Art Festival Beth-El opens Jan. 31

    Human Interest

    Art Festival Beth-El celebrates its 42nd year with a three-day extravaganza Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. The invitational juried show and sale features works indoors and outdoors.

  9. Pedestrians and interstate entrance make for dangerous mix


    I'm concerned that a pedestrian will be killed walking on the sidewalk on the west side of Fourth Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues S in St. Petersburg. To be specific, the sidewalk crosses the vehicle entrance to Interstate 175 just north of Fifth Avenue; pedestrians walking along the west side of Fourth …

  10. Pinellas news briefs


    SENIOR AWARENESS FAIR: Area seniors are invited to attend Dunedin's Senior Awareness Fair today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. This event features businesses and organizations that provide senior citizens with knowledge and advice on a variety of topics. Popular …

  11. Hometown South Pinellas


    TENNIS COACHES: Trust Business Services recognized tennis coaches David Despard and Steve Hill, both from St. Petersburg, with White Dove Service Awards for going above and beyond in their service to others. The two were nominated by Samantha Hendricks for their generosity and excellent coaching for her children. …

    David Despard, from left, Samantha Hendricks and Steve Hill at the White Dove Service Awards.
  12. Pinellas births for January


    Alfonso, Roxanne and Corey Robinson, St. Petersburg, a girl, 4 pounds 14 ounces, Jan. 8, 2015, 2:13 p.m., Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

  13. South Pinellas community news items



    Interfaith Food drive continuing due to high need

    Gwendolyn Reese accepts the Leadership Award during the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards Breakfast on Monday morning. Duke Energy president Alex Glenn, left, the Rev. Louis Murphy and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman were there to congratulate her in front of a capacity crowd at the Coliseum.
  14. Housing authority seeks sale of Woodson museum building ahead of Thursday meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The monthslong tension between the city's only African-American museum and its landlord is expected to be aired today as the landlord, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority, considers selling the museum facility and a nearby commercial property that is home to community organizations.

  15. Police: Thief hides sushi in pants, gets caught eating it outside St. Petersburg Publix


    A 25-year-old St. Petersburg man shoved an $11.99 sushi sampler pack down his pants and walked out of the Publix on Third Street S without paying on Jan. 14, according to an arrest affidavit.