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  1. Bill Edwards' cash promise helped sell city officials on his management of Al Lang Stadium

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG— Bill Edwards' cash — $1.5 million, to be exact — to fix up Al Lang Stadium is what helped change attitudes at City Hall about his management of the facility.

    Once firm in the opinion that baseball should always have a place at Al Lang Stadium on  St. Petersburg's waterfront, city officials now agree with the Tampa Bay Rowdies owner that soccer should reign supreme at the former spring training mecca. [stpete.org]
  2. NAACP orders its St. Petersburg branch to cease operations

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP has been ordered to cease operations as state officials of the civil rights organization work to reorganize the unit, according to a letter sent to local board members Friday.

  3. Bill Edwards' deal with St. Petersburg would give him control of Al Lang Stadium

    Politics

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Bill Edwards complained about the poor conditions at Al Lang Field earlier this year, he demanded action. The mayor's office said the local business magnate knew the challenges of the aging waterfront icon when he bought the stadium's home team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

    Bill Edwards will spend $1.5 million to spruce up the aging facility.
  4. Letters: St. Pete waterfront needs convenient parking garages

    Letters

    Re: Make great waterfront even better | editorial, Aug. 29

    Parking is key to success

  5. Editorial: Give more juveniles a break in St. Petersburg

    Editorials

    In St. Petersburg a first-time juvenile offender who commits a nonviolent misdemeanor and admits to it can be given a civil citation and the tools to change through a program called the Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program. But a recent survey showed that some police officers didn't know the program existed, and some who …

  6. Largo homeowners fear food pantry's effect on neighborhood

    Local Government

    LARGO — The neighborhood in southwest Largo has tried hard over the years to overcome the challenges facing it.

  7. Gulfport's proposed budget has nothing for public art, $500,000 for pavement

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — Property owners will pay the same city tax rate for the third consecutive year, but that doesn't mean the money is being spent in the same ways.

  8. Madeira Beach ponders putting utility lines underground

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — The city is considering borrowing $2 million to bury all overhead utility lines along Gulf Boulevard's more than 2-mile length.

  9. Treasure Island likely to keep property tax rate the same

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — City commissioners are sticking with this year's tax rate and rejecting City Manager Reid Silverboard's proposal to raise taxes to pay for infrastructure costs.

  10. Mirror Lake church will turn feasts for hungry to potlucks

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    They brought colored eggs, cheese pizza from Hungry Howie's, bananas and pans of macaroni and cheese.

    Volunteers Maria Jose Hays and Jack Bumgardner make salads for the feeding program for the poor on Aug. 29.
  11. St. Petersburg High star athlete will head to the University of Florida early

    Volleyball Preps

    In late May, St. Petersburg High School volleyball coach Alex Sevillano held a meeting for new and current players. Before she entered the room, she prepared herself for the reality that junior Kaylan Marckese would not be attending.

    Kaylan Marckese, 16, a junior at St. Petersburg High, will graduate early and head to UF to play soccer.
  12. Community news, classes and volunteer opportunities

    Briefs

    Enoch Davis Center celebrates: Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S in St. Petersburg, is celebrating 33 years in the community from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. This event features free goodie bags, haircuts, massages, nail polishing, face painting, clothes, light lunch, toiletries, blood pressure …

  13. Giving tax rebate to Seminole Mall developer would set precedent

    Business

    SEMINOLE — It would apparently be a first for Pinellas County if elected officials here give a developer millions of dollars in tax rebates for rebuilding Seminole Mall.

  14. St. Petersburg stoplights thrown out of synch by computer upgrades

    Transportation

    ST. PETERSBURG — It isn't just bad luck.

    A necessary computer upgrade has messed up the lights’ typical 80 percent synchronization in downtown.
  15. Sundial restaurant scales back; plans for Locale Market on target

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Celebrated chef Michael Mina's farm-to-table restaurant in Sundial is going to be considerably smaller than first envisioned but will have room to grow.

    The Farmtable at Sundial will serve from menus created by chefs Michael Mina, left, and Don Pintabona. They are also the forces behind the sprawling Locale Market.