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Proclamations honor 125 years of 'St. Petersburg Times'

Text of a proclamation by the Hillsborough County Commission, June 7, 2009

Whereas, the West Hillsborough Times began publication as a four-page weekly newspaper on July 25, 1884, in the town of Dunedin in what was then part of the county of Hillsborough; and

Whereas, that weekly publication over the following decades grew into an influential daily publication renamed the St. Petersburg Times; and

Whereas, since 1956, the newspaper's charitable arm, the St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc., has provided more than $16.6 million in grants, fellowships and scholarships to organizations and students from throughout the greater Tampa Bay area; and

Whereas, since 1999, the Barnes Scholarship program has provided $1.6 million for the education of 36 students from Tampa Bay area high schools; and

Whereas, the St. Petersburg Times has dutifully chronicled the growth and development of Tampa Bay for the past 125 years; and

Whereas the St. Petersburg Times won two Pulitzer Prizes in 2009, making a total of eight of journalism's most prestigious honor.

Now, therefore, be it proclaimed that the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, Florida, recognizes that the St. Petersburg Times continues to play a vital role in democracy by keeping the citizens of Tampa Bay informed with news and perspective.

Text of a proclamation by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, June 5, 2009

Whereas, the West Hillsborough Times began publication as a four-page weekly newspaper on July 25, 1884, in the town of Dunedin in what was then part of the county of Hillsborough, and that weekly publication over the following decades grew into an influential daily publication renamed the St. Petersburg Times, and

Whereas the St. Petersburg Times won two 2009 Pulitzer Prizes, journalism's most prestigious honor, and has received a total of eight Pulitzer Prizes, including three Pulitzers for stories that originated in Hillsborough County; and

Whereas, since 1956, the newspaper's charitable arm, the St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc., has provided more than $16.6 million in grants, fellowships and scholarships to organizations and students from throughout the greater Tampa Bay area; and

Whereas, since 1999, the Barnes Scholarship program has provided $1.6 million for the education of 36 students from Tampa Bay area high schools; and

Whereas, the St. Petersburg Times has been a part of the downtown Tampa business community, opening a Tampa bureau in 1987, and since that time has published a Tampa edition that keeps Tampa area citizens informed, and has dutifully chronicled the growth and development of Tampa Bay for the past 125 years.

Now, therefore, I, Pam Iorio, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Tampa, Florida, do hereby proclaim June 7, 2009, as "St. Petersburg Times Day'' in the City of Tampa, Florida, and ask that citizens of Tampa join me in congratulating the St. Petersburg Times on their 125th anniversary celebration.

Text of a proclamation by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker

Whereas, the West Hillsborough Times began publication as a four-page weekly newspaper on July 25, 1884, in the town of Dunedin in what was then part of the county of Hillsborough and now in Pinellas County; and

Whereas, since 1956, the newspaper's charitable arm, the St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc., has provided more than $16.6 million in grants, fellowships and scholarships to organizations and students from throughout the greater Bay Area; and

Whereas, the St. Petersburg Times has dutifully chronicled the growth and development of the Bay Area for the past 125 years; and

Whereas, the St. Petersburg Times has won two Pulitzer Prizes in 2009, for a total of eight Pulitzer Prizes, journalism's most prestigious honor; and

Whereas, the St. Petersburg Times is independently owned and has its headquarters in downtown St. Petersburg; and

Whereas, the St. Petersburg Times continues to play a vital role in the community by keeping the citizens of St. Petersburg and the Bay Area informed with news and perspective.

Now, therefore, I, Rick Baker, mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, do hereby proclaim July 25, 2009,

St. Petersburg Times Day

in St. Petersburg, and urge all citizens to join me in celebrating the 125 years of service to the residents and City of St. Petersburg.

Proclamations honor 125 years of 'St. Petersburg Times' 07/16/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 16, 2009 2:55pm]
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