Pinellas County Republican Party says leader of Stonewall Democrats should tell all the facts about voter drives09/29/16 Blog
When the leader of the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County cried foul this week about locations of voter drives, the Pinellas County Republican Party says Susan McGrath should tell all the facts.
On Tuesday, McGrath criticized Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark for holding voter registrations at nine Chick-fil-A locations.
Pinellas County Republican Party Chairman Nick DiCeglie said McGrath forgot to mention that Republican leaders didn't complain when Clark held a voter drive at the St. Pete Pride event this summer....
A controversy is clucking in Pinellas County over chicken sandwiches, sweet tea and voter registration cards.
The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County are crying foul over Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark's decision to hold voter registration drives at nine Chick-fil-A locations. Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits, supports conservative causes....
A controversy is clucking in Pinellas County over chicken sandwiches, sweet tea and voter-registration cards.
The Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County is crying foul over Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark's decision to hold voter-registration drives Tuesday at nine Chick-fil-A locations in the county. Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits, supports conservative causes. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — The city administration continues to struggle with its accounting of the circumstances surrounding massive sewage dumps this summer, a whistle-blowing plant operator says.
The whistle-blower contends Mayor Rick Kriseman blamed a low-level employee for an inaccurate report to the state about sewage spilled in northwest St. Petersburg.
Late Friday, Kriseman said the employee was "essentially a clerk" who classified the spill as treated effluent, even though the plant operator had recommended it be classified as partly treated. The city changed its classification late Friday from "treated effluent," or completely treated sewage, to "partially treated" wastewater. A new policy change Kriseman announced Friday would require plant operators to fill out the notification forms....
I considered myself a backyard warrior when standing over a fine steak or juicy burger sizzling atop hot coals. I would wear out grills every two years, then fetch a new one from a big-box store. But when I wanted to improve my grilling game in 2014, I strutted into an outdoor store to admire finer cookers.
When my wife, Laura, and I walked out hours later, I didn't know I had just joined a worldwide cult of Eggheads — outdoor cooks who worship the egg-shaped grill-smokers called Big Green Eggs. ...
Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch accused the leader of CareerSource Pinellas of terminating a contract with an accounting firm without approval from the agency's 29-member board.
Welch lodged the complaint Wednesday against CareerSource president and CEO Ed Peachy during a monthly board meeting. Welch said he discovered that the contract with CliftonAllenLarson had been terminated on Aug. 26 --- four days before Peachy called an emergency meeting of CareerSource's audit committee to consider the move....
09/20/16 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County's legislative delegation quizzed local officials Tuesday about the region's growing sewer crisis.
Much of the two-hour meeting centered around a study that St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and his top aides say they did not learn about until last week. The city-ordered study warned how closing the Albert Whitted treatment plant could leave the city vulnerable to sewage spills. ...
09/18/16 Human Interest
They live here and their business gives jobs to Americans — but they can't stay here
By Mark Puente, Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer
Diane Cherry slid her passport across the counter to the immigration officer at Tampa International Airport. He had a few questions about her trip to London, then stamped her passport.
Cherry, a British national, took several steps — and froze. The stamp only allowed her to stay in the United States for three weeks. The officer had mistaken her for a tourist....
ST. PETERSBURG –– When Wengay Newton first ran for St. Petersburg City Council in 2007, politicos and elected leaders dismissed his chances and endorsed his opponent. Newton campaigned relentlessly as an outsider against City Hall's fiscal policies.
But the former neighborhood leader won by brandishing himself as a political outsider — and continues to win political office....
Mike Twitty has started a plan to sell his appraisal firm since he won the Republican primary to be the next Pinellas County property appraiser.
Twitty's victory over Jim Frishe in Tuesday's primary election all but secured the appraiser position for the primary winner, who will run against write-in challenger Joseph Catalano, 24, in November. He has not raised any campaign contributions....
In the race for state House District 70, former St. Petersburg City Council member Wengay Newton won the three-way Democratic primary Tuesday over two relatively unknown opponents.
The district sprawls over parts of four counties — Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and Manatee — and Newton won 62 percent of the vote, while businessman Dan Fiorini received 21 percent and lawyer Christopher "C.J." Czaia got 17 percent....
After raising more money than any other countywide candidate, political newcomer Mike Twitty topped Jim Frishe in the Republican primary to be the next Pinellas County property appraiser.
According to early results, Twitty earned 60 percent of the vote Tuesday, compared with Frishe's 40 percent in the costliest primary for countywide office in Pinellas County. The position is for a four-year term and pays $153,633 annually....
ST. PETERSBURG — When four trees had to be removed in March for maintenance purposes, two Pinellas County workers sprayed the sabal palmetto trees with a herbicide.
But the workers didn't stop there. They took it a step further, county officials said, and poisoned another 74 trees along Joe's Creek, which runs through several neighborhoods from St. Petersburg to Kenneth City.
The workers killed the trees for "maintenance reasons," officials said, but without consulting their superiors. The incident is now being investigated the Florida Department of Agriculture because of the chemicals sprayed near water. It also spurred Pinellas County to tighten rules allowing its employees to kill trees....
DUNEDIN — After months of back-and-forth on how to replace the deteriorating Dunedin Causeway, county commissioners are slated to make a decision on Tuesday.
But before they do, the public has a chance to see what the proposed changes could look like — even from the driver's seat.
An animated video shows aerial and point-of-view perspectives of a drive over each of the bridge designs vying to replace one of the 1960s spans now connecting the mainland to Honeymoon Island State Park....
08/20/16 State Roundup
The hiring of a prominent African-American activist and an endorsement from the Stonewall Democrats of Pinellas County has splintered the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the House District 70 race.
The rift has triggered scathing attacks between two rivals in the Democratic primary: attorney Christopher "CJ" Czaia and businessman Dan Fiorini, one of the founding members of the Stonewall Democrats....