St. Pete Times

  1. South Pinellas letters: Greenlight is a good transit plan for all

    Letters

    Re: No real ridership for rail system | letter, July 18

    Greenlight plan will help many

  2. Editorial: Another embarrassing hiccup on way to curbside recycling in St. Pete

    Editorials

    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 …

  3. Largo commission to staff: Smile when you annex

    Local Government

    LARGO — This city has long been known for its aggressive annexation policies, but commissioners are stinging from charges that their approach lacks charm.

  4. Five things to know about new St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's new police chief is no stranger to the Tampa Bay area.

    Police Chief Tony Holloway’s priorities: getting to know the community and the force.
  5. Mother of pregnant St. Petersburg teenager missing for two years remains hopeful

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — This week marks a somber anniversary for Leah Martin and her family.

    A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about Leah Martin’s daughter. The family is also fundraising on fundly.com.
  6. Madeira Beach has two chambers but no favorite

    Business

    MADEIRA BEACH — The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce has existed for a year, but Madeira Beach's recent endorsement of the fledgling organization has taken some by surprise and added to confusion over the group's role.

    Bill Edwards put two adjoining cities under one umbrella.
  7. Seminole council member Counts decides not to run again

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — John Counts says he will not run for re-election to the City Council.

    “I’m definitely going to miss it,” John Counts said.
  8. Treasure Island fresh market proposal rebuffed

    Retail

    TREASURE ISLAND — Faced with opposition from the Chamber of Commerce and city staff, initial efforts to start a Sunday outdoor market in the city have been rebuffed.

  9. Midtown to get business incubator in St. Petersburg

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tomeka Oliver sells vegan smoothies at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg and the Deuces Live Market in the Midtown area on Sundays.

  10. St. Petersburg mayor wants to plump up reserves with $1 million

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's reserves are poised to get a $1 million infusion in Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed budget, the first replenishment in seven years.

  11. Pinellas commissioner wants county to help pay for Pinellas Trail security

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Commissioner Ken Welch is pushing for the county to help invest in security cameras for the Pinellas Trail, but it's unclear if he has the political support.

  12. South Pinellas letters: Pinellas doesn't have 'train culture'

    Letters

    No real ridership for rail system

    Greenlight Pinellas is another ploy by a few politicians and businessmen to make money off the backs of the people of St. Petersburg. Building a rail line to anywhere is ludicrous. We are not a "train culture." We are a "car culture," and people will not give up their cars …

  13. St. Petersburg mayor picks Clearwater's Holloway as his next police chief

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after Mayor Rick Kriseman interviewed his top four candidates for police chief last month and introduced them to the community in a public meet-and-greet, he got on a plane to Dallas.

    Anthony Holloway, 52, has been the police chief in Clearwater for the last four years. His name first surfaced Saturday as a candidate for St. Petersburg's police chief opening after it became clear Mayor Rick Kriseman was quickly eliminating the known candidates. Kriseman said the process "led me to realize what we needed most: someone familiar with us, but not of us." [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2013)]
  14. Kriseman goes off list, picks mystery candidate as next St. Petersburg police chief

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has picked a surprise candidate to lead the St. Petersburg Police Department, after eliminating all four known finalists over the weekend.

    The focus 
is on Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway as the mayor’s likely pick.
  15. No bidders for St. Petersburg recycling contract as mayor mulls options

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When he took office this year, Mayor Rick Kriseman wasted no time trying to jump-start the city's sputtering effort at universal curbside recycling.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has promised to bring universal curbside recycling to the city, but no company bid to take part in the program.