Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

From the cover

Another 34th Street motel, Economy Inn, comes under scrutiny in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — After shutting down part of the Mosley Motel for a year, the city is coming down on another problem motel on 34th Street: the Economy Inn Stadium Motel right next door.

The owner, Shantia Singh, is scheduled to appear before the Nuisance Abatement Board on Nov. 1 at City Hall.

A complaint the board handed Singh paints a picture nearly identical to what police say was going on at the Mosley: open-air drug dealing and prostitution. According to the complaint, St. Petersburg police detectives either bought illegal drugs or solicited sex acts 25 times between March and August.

This isn't the first time the Economy Inn, at 451 34th St. N, has been under scrutiny. Since 1998, it has received the board's review four times, including in 2005 when it was ordered closed for six months and its owner fined.

In the past year, police have been called to the motel 487 times in response to a range of crimes, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

Singh, who could not be reached for comment, has owned the motel since 2008 but has also been listed as an officer of corporations that owned the motel since 2000.

The latest cases against the Mosley and the Economy Inn were opened after officials received repeated complaints from residents, many of whom live in the Skyline Fifth apartments behind the two motels. They packed a recent hearing for the Mosley at City Hall.

"We are going to be at (the Economy Inn hearing) in full force like we were at the Mosley hearing," said Paul Dickens, crime watch coordinator for the Historic Kenwood neighborhood. "The police have done their jobs; now it's time for the public to do theirs."

As the result of the hearing, the Mosley was ordered to close a 40-room wing and a bikini bar alongside the business for one year. The owners were also ordered to hire private security, enforce curfews, add fencing and attend neighborhood meetings.

The owners, Julius Mosley and Michael Shimshoni, were also ordered to pay $27,000 in fines and attorney fees. They are appealing the board's ruling but vowed to cooperate with the city.

Luis Perez can be reached at (727) 892-2271 or

If you go

The Nuisance Abatement Board will present a complaint to the owners of the Economy Inn Stadium Motel at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at City Hall. Anyone can sign up to speak for or against the business.

Another 34th Street motel, Economy Inn, comes under scrutiny in St. Pete 10/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 5:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Two boys in critical condition after Largo crash


    LARGO — A 7-year-old boy was thrown from a car in a head-on crash on Starkey Road, and both he and a 6-year-old boy were in critical condition Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. Trump's new order bars almost all travel from seven countries


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a new order banning almost all travel to the United States from seven countries, including most of the nations covered by his original travel ban, citing threats to national security posed by letting their citizens into the country.

    President Donald Trump speaks to reporters Sunday upon his return to the White House in Washington.
  3. Somehow, Rays' Chris Archer remains just shy of being an ace

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Chris Archer had another bad game Sunday.

    Chris Archer is sputtering to the finish line, his rough start on Sunday his fourth in his past five in which he hasn’t gotten past four innings.
  4. In Mexico City, hopes of finding quake survivors dwindle


    MEXICO CITY — Five days after the deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake, the hulking wreckage of what used to be a seven-story office building is one of the last hopes: one of just two sites left where searchers believe they may still find someone trapped alive in Mexico City.

    Rescue workers search for survivors inside a felled office building in the Roma Norte neighborhood of Mexico City on Saturday.
  5. GOP health bill in major peril as resistance hardens among key senators


    WASHINGTON — The floundering Republican attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act met hardening resistance from key GOP senators Sunday that left it on the verge of collapse even as advocates vowed to keep pushing for a vote this week.

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a moderate, said Sunday that it was “very difficult” to envision voting for this health-care bill.