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  1. Treasure Island looking for a 'seasoned professional' to be the new city manager

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The city has begun a national search for a new city manager with hopes of hiring someone by August.

    Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard announced his resignation after a March 2017 in which voters chose two new city commissioners who have been critical of city operations. The commission has begun looking for a "seasoned professional" to replace him. [Times files]
  2. State Rep. Larry Ahern brings back controversial bill to fix Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    Legislation aimed at reforming the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board that died last month has suddenly been resurrected.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, brought proposed legislation back to life that would help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. But that's news to the Pinellas County Commission and the agency's interim director. Ahern, a longtime pool contractor, had also said he would wait until the completion of a grand jury investigation before reforming the agency. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times
  3. Sheriff's Office: Deputies roll up to house party as intoxicated teen jumps off roof

    News

    Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said they were already called to the house in unincorporated Largo twice for complaints about a loud party.

  4. While state lawmakers debate medical marijuana law, Pinellas County delays its own rules

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– As Florida lawmakers debate the regulation of medical marijuana, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday tabled a vote on rules to grow, process and sell medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county.

    Larry Heiny of Sarasota rallies the crowd after a medical marijuana rally at the University of South Florida in Tampa in support of legalizing it in October. Amendment 2 passed with 71 percent of the vote in November. But lawmakers are still debating how to implement the law. In the meantime, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday decided to wait for the state to act before it passes its own medical marijuana rules for the unincorporated county. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  5. With new director in place, Florida Botanical Gardens hopes to rise to 'the next level'

    News

    LARGO — The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation has hired its first-ever executive director, Vernon Bryant, a former horticulture manager for Pinellas County Parks who was part of the team that helped create the Botanical Gardens almost 20 years ago.

    Vernon Bryant talks about his new job and the garden tour at video.tampabay.com.
  6. Pinellas Commission gives preliminary nod to tax money for Blue Jays

    Ml

    CLEARWATER — After a confusing debate, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday voted to help Dunedin move forward with an $81 million upgrade of the Toronto Blue Jays spring training complex.

    The county gave preliminary approval to spend $46.5 million in bed-tax money to help upgrade the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility.
  7. Pinellas County commissioner to discuss tax money for Toronto Blue Jays

    Ml

    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will discuss the next steps for a plan to help Dunedin upgrade the spring training complex for the Toronto Blue Jays.

    A plan to renovate Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, calls for Pinellas County to shell out $46.5 million. County commissioners will discuss the idea at a meeting Tuesday.[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  8. Pinellas County to consider rules for medical marijuana

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission is slated to vote Tuesday on an ordinance to establish rules for growing, processing and selling medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will consider new rules for growing, processing and selling medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county. [Washington Post]
  9. St. Petersburg's sidewalks have safety flaws for pedestrians and cyclists

    Transportation

    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of advocates for pedestrian safety recently strolled through the city and found themselves dodging distracted drivers, navigating sidewalks that petered out and traversing darkened thoroughfares lacking proper lighting.

    The Florida Consumer Action Network sent a team of auditors to walk the streets of St. Petersburg and found plenty of problems facing pedestrians and bicyclists. Here’s one example: On 22nd Avenue S, a sidewalk at one corner of 49th Street S dips down into a storm drain on the road and then continues through a crosswalk in the intersection. [Courtesy of Florida Consumer Action Network]
  10. Police: 26-year-old man killed after losing control of car on Gandy Boulevard

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 26-year-old man died Saturday night after police said he struck a guardrail and was thrown from his car.

  11. Man shot, killed in early morning argument in St. Petersburg

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning after an altercation.

  12. St. Petersburg City Theatre to close building, programs after 92 years

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The air conditioning system is ancient, and the recently patched roof may not last much longer. But a wall backstage at the St. Petersburg City Theatre is still very much alive, bearing the signatures of all those involved in the countless productions since the 92-year-old stage company moved into …

    Spectators watch a production of Little Shop of Horrors Friday, April 14, 2017 at the St. Petersburg City Theatre. The theater is closing its building and stopping its summer and main stage programs. The organization has been around for 92 years, but have had financial and building troubles.
  13. St. Petersburg council argues, then agrees on $14 million Pier District request

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Thursday night approved a formal request to Pinellas County to reallocate an extra $14 million to the Pier District project. But as usual, when it comes to the Pier, even this simple request grew complicated and contentious.

    It took awhile but late Thursday night the St. Petersburg City Council finalized a request to Pinellas County that would boost the budget for the new Pier District by $14 million. The council decided that $10 million would go to the pier and the downtown waterfront, and $4 million would go to transportation and parking. But Pinellas County has to approve reallocating the money. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  14. Get the latest look at the St. Petersburg Police Department's new digs

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning to kick off construction of the long-awaited, new St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters.

    Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning for the new St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters at 1301 First Ave. N, across from the department's old, cramped offices. The new building and a shooting range are expected to cost up to $81 million. This is an artist's renderings of what the new lobby will look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]
  15. St. Petersburg City Council set to vote on request to Pinellas County for extra $14 million for Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG —The City Council is expected Thursday to finalize a request to Pinellas County that could boost the budget for the new Pier District by $14 million, which would bring the total cost to $80 million.

    The St. Petersburg City Council is expected Thursday to finalize a request to Pinellas County that would boost the budget for the new Pier District by $14 million, which would bring the total cost to $80 million. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]