Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Two public forums will discuss Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

Two public forums will discuss Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

CLEARWATER – Residents can hear varying perspectives on the Nov. 6 referendum on whether to change Clearwater's form of government into a strong mayor system at two upcoming forums.The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a forum M...
Published: 09/13/18
Straz kicks off campaign saying he’ll shake up city government

Straz kicks off campaign saying he’ll shake up city government

David Straz Jr. told a crowd at the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Friday evening that he had fielded one question over and over on the campaign trail: Why are you running?The 75-year-old billionaire philanthropist who made his money in banking said his ...
Published: 09/08/18
Updated: 09/12/18
It’s official: Illinois official to become Pinellas County administrator on Oct. 29

It’s official: Illinois official to become Pinellas County administrator on Oct. 29

Pinellas commissioners have reached an agreement with their new county administrator.Barry Burton, an administrator for a county north of Chicago, will start work in Pinellas Oct. 29.Burton takes over for Mark Woodard, who has worked for Pinellas Cou...
Published: 09/12/18
St. Pete City Council tentatively approves 2019 budget

St. Pete City Council tentatively approves 2019 budget

ST. PETERSBURG – Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed $717 million budget for next year coasted through its first public hearing Thursday, despite coming in more than $200 million higher than the 2018 budget.Much of that increase ...
Published: 09/07/18
State’s $9.5 million grant will help rapid buses connect St. Pete, beaches

State’s $9.5 million grant will help rapid buses connect St. Pete, beaches

ST. PETERSBURG — Dedicated rapid bus lanes connecting downtown and the beaches moved one step closer to reality on Friday when the Florida Department of Transportation approved a $9.5 million grant to help build a  bus rapid transit s...
Published: 09/07/18
Police update sparks new concerns on Tampa council over ticketing black bicyclists

Police update sparks new concerns on Tampa council over ticketing black bicyclists

TAMPA — A divisive policing strategy that targeted bicycle riders who are black drew fire again at the Tampa City Council meeting Thursday and the city's upcoming mayoral election provided some of the fuel.The Tampa Police Department said the p...
Published: 09/06/18
Pinellas Commission candidate calls police on Times reporter at fundraiser

Pinellas Commission candidate calls police on Times reporter at fundraiser

Pinellas County Commission candidate Amy Kedron called police on Tampa Bay Times reporter Mark Puente when he attempted to interview her outside of a campaign fundraiser at the Vinoy Marina on Wednesday evening.Puente said he stood on the marina...
Published: 09/06/18
Rick Kriseman stands by his support for Pinellas County Commission candidate Amy Kedron

Rick Kriseman stands by his support for Pinellas County Commission candidate Amy Kedron

Democrat Amy Kedron held a fundraiser for her Pinellas County Commission campaign Wednesday aboard a yacht docked in St. Petersburg. It didn’t attract any county leaders, but St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman offered support.Kriseman reiterate...
Published: 09/06/18
Appellate court sides with Hillsborough Dems, blocks referendum on non-partisan offices

Appellate court sides with Hillsborough Dems, blocks referendum on non-partisan offices

TAMPA – Party affiliation will remain a part of the elections for Hillsborough County's sheriff and other constitutional officers following an appeals court decision Wednesday that kills a move to let voters decide.The 2nd District Court o...
Published: 09/05/18
Pasco rejects neighbors’ appeal of Tampa Electric Co.’s solar farm near Dade City

Pasco rejects neighbors’ appeal of Tampa Electric Co.’s solar farm near Dade City

DADE CITY – Pasco Commissioners Tuesday approved Tampa Electric Co.'s plans for a solar farm in the rural northeast Pasco, saying state law didn't allow them to prohibit solar energy collectors."Our hands are tied," said Commissioner Jack Maria...
Published: 09/04/18