During our July 4th Honor America Celebration in Tallahassee, where I was a Kiwanis Club volunteer, 18 of our neighbors took an oath to become naturalized U.S. citizens. It was such an emotional event, with tears of joy and hugs of accomplishment from family members, friends and complete strangers.
When the Florida Department of Health opened its doors in 1889, Floridians were afflicted with smallpox and yellow fever, and the idea that government should intervene to help keep residents healthy was a new one.
ST. PETERSBURG— Many of the skateboarding enthusiasts who arrive at the Local Longboard Company on Central Avenue are breaking the law.
SEMINOLE — For years, the overriding hope for officials, business owners and many residents of this city was for Seminole Mall to be rebuilt and bring with it a vibrant shopping destination that would usher in jobs and prosperity.
LARGO — If you've ever wanted to run for city government, now's the time to step up. Qualifying for the five open seats — the mayor and four commission — opens at 8 a.m. today and runs to 5 p.m. Aug. 15.
Merit scholarship awarded: St. Petersburg resident Ryan A. Sutherland was selected as a Norman C. and Henry J. Miller Dean's Achievement Scholar in the Emory Scholars Program at Emory College of Arts and Sciences. The $10,000 per year scholarship is based on merit, and applies to the cost of tuition. As a Dean's …
CHARTER CHANGE DRAWS SUPPORT FROM COUNCIL
ST. PETERSBURG—The vacant Universal Health Care building in the heart of downtown will remain empty longer than expected. Kevin Hirsch, the surgeon and developer who bid $10.5 million to buy the offices of the bankrupt insurance company, has backed out.
TREASURE ISLAND — The city is losing beach events or having them scaled back because of stepped-up state requirements in the wake of a lawsuit filed by three hotel owners.
ST. PETERSBURG — With nearly $1 million in unexpected revenue in next year's budget, the City Council is pushing for a say in how it's spent.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow understands her tenants.
ST. PETERSBURG — Orlando will have a Major League Soccer franchise next year. Miami has an inside track for one. And cities across the country, from Minneapolis to San Antonio to Las Vegas, are eyeing one.
ST. PETERSBURG — When new chief Tony Holloway takes the reins at the Police Department next month, he won't be alone.
Re: No real ridership for rail system | letter, July 18
Greenlight plan will help many
It's a mystery why St. Petersburg is finding it so difficult to create a universal curbside recycling program. The latest stumble: The city put out a request for bids from companies that process recyclables, but not a single company was willing to submit a bid. Mayor Rick Kriseman needs to find out what went wrong and …