I'm convinced there are some of us with an inner "sale rack radar" - an unconscious beam guiding us to the next sale.
Sometimes, it bumps up against bad news. In case you haven't been in downtown St. Pete in a while, you may not have noticed a couple of your favorite shops are making big changes.Luckily, they come with silver linings.
Josie B boutique, nestled in the strip of shops just east the Sundial complex, is closing. You know what that means -- DEALS DEALS DEALS. As the giant sign on the front window says, everything must go and items are 50-75% off. I may or may not have snuck in and bought 2 pairs of sunglasses for $10....
TAMPA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that homeless advocate Bruce Wright's filed against the city of St. Petersburg, which banned him from a park after an arrest last year.
Wright was arrested in March 2013 after police said he interfered with an arrest at Williams Park, often a hub for homeless in St. Petersburg. He also was issued a trespass warning and ordered to stay out of the park for a year. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — A day after the City Council slammed the stadium door on the Tampa Bay Rays, two main players made pointed overtures toward reconciliation.
"Despite the tally last night there seems to be good momentum toward reaching an agreement,'' Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said Friday, referring to the council's 5-3 vote against a plan to let the team explore stadium sites in Hillsborough County....
ST. PETERSBURG | As chatter about the failed vote on the recently proposed Rays stadium deal continued Friday, Mayor Rick Kriseman turned his attention to his holiday vacation.
His spokesman Ben Kirby said the mayor had no plans to meet with any council members or the Rays on Friday. He is leaving town next week for a vacation with his family.
"What the mayor said last night stands today," Kirby said. "This was a council decision. He meant what he said in chambers: This is the deal."...
12/19/14 Local Government
UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite a failed City Council vote.
Silverman said he expects talks with the city to continue "as we work toward an agreeable outcome."
ST. PETERSBURG — The morning after the Tampa Bays Rays lost a huge opportunity to explore new stadium sites in Tampa, the man whose question led to a meltdown in City Council chambers and squelched the deal offered some advice. ...
12/18/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — The stadium standoff continues. Baseball's uncertain future in Tampa Bay has grown more complicated and — if possible — more testy.
The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday rejected an agreement negotiated by Mayor Rick Kriseman that would have given the Tampa Bay Rays three years to explore stadium sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Council members got their backs up when Rays president Brian Auld refused to yield an iota on development rights on Tropicana Field and other issues....
12/18/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Several months after embracing the idea of revamping its approach to juvenile crime, the city is now just weeks from implementing a new system designed to steer hundreds of young people away from the criminal justice system.
In early January, officials hope to roll out the "Juvenile Second Chance Program," driven by a collaboration between the police and parks and recreation departments....
12/15/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — After six years of discussions and the selection and contentious rejection of a much-reviled design for a new pier, St. Petersburg is back for a second try.
On Monday, eight design teams offered fresh ways to look at the closed inverted pyramid, with some pitching an entirely new shape for the iconic landmark.
The teams competing for the $46 million product, with $33 million targeted for construction, are proposing concepts that include new features such as a waterfall, lagoons and terraces....
12/12/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — A city attorney who recently got his third DUI arrest will take a pay cut and face additional consequences at work, officials said Friday.
Longtime city employee Mark Winn, who has been the No. 2 attorney for the past few years, will serve a monthlong suspension without pay beginning Monday, according to City Attorney John Wolfe.
Winn, 60, was in his 2003 gray BMW about 1:40 a.m. Nov. 30 at 32nd Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street when a St. Petersburg officer pulled him over after seeing the car cross the double yellow line half a dozen times. ...
12/12/14 Public Safety
ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer has been suspended for two weeks following accusations that he was caught this summer masturbating in a downtown parking lot.
Officer Andrew Cane, 38, was off duty and in his personal vehicle on the afternoon of Aug. 25 when a tow truck driver came upon him in a lot at 801 Central Ave.
The driver for A-1 Recovery was preparing to haul away the vehicle, which was in a tow away zone, when he realized it was running and approached the passenger window....
12/09/14 Public Safety
ST. PETERSBURG — Police Chief Tony Holloway knows many in the community are clamoring for a deeper discussion about race, police and the relationship between the two.
All he had to do was walk a few steps outside his agency's headquarters Tuesday night, where about 40 people held signs and chanted about justice, peace and an end to police brutality in black communities.
"Fired up! Ain't takin' no more!" they yelled....
12/09/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday announced a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to let the team explore new stadium sites in Hillsborough County to keep them in the region and even — Kriseman hopes — in St. Petersburg.
The deal next goes to the City Council for a vote on Thursday. But within moments of Kriseman's news conference Tuesday, complications emerged....
12/08/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays have negotiated an agreement to let the team search for new stadium sites in Hillsborough County in exchange for payments to the city if the team leaves before its contract at Tropicana Field expires in 2027.
Kriseman wants the City Council to approve the "memorandum of understanding" at its meeting on Thursday.
Payments would be based on how many years remain on the Trop lease if the Rays leave, starting at $4 million a season until December 2018, dropping to $3 million a season from 2019 to 2022 and $2 million from 2023 through 2026....
St. Pete police chief backs out of Uhuru forum, forms new group to plan community discussion on race relations and law enforcement12/03/14 Blog
ST. PETERSBURG | A week ago, local Uhuru members announced they wanted to have a community forum about race relations and law enforcement. And they wanted a special guest: new St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway, to be there.
"I think it's a good conversation to have about perception versus reality," Holloway told the Tampa Bay Times Nov. 25, a few hours after an Uhuru-led demonstration downtown in protest of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teen earlier this year in Ferguson, Mo....
ST. PETERSBURG — For the third time, police have arrested the city's chief assistant attorney on a charge of drunken driving.
Mark Winn gave up his job title Tuesday afternoon, though he is still employed as an attorney by the city.
Winn, 60, was in his 2003 gray BMW about 1:40 a.m. Sunday at 32nd Avenue N and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N when a St. Petersburg officer pulled him over after seeing the car cross the double yellow line half a dozen times....