Oakhill Village, a mobile home park in Valrico, Fla. | Times (2017)
Factory-built homes have come a long way from the mobile homes of the 1970s, and can make housing more affordable, one industry leader says.
The bank isn’t leaving town, it’s just moving to a new, more eco-friendly building.
The City Council will decide Thursday whether to award $1.8 million in housing dollars to a developer to build 81 units downtown.
Some Santas will offer full-contact visits while others will keep their distance as a pandemic precaution.


  1. Oakhill Village, a mobile home park in Valrico, Fla. | Times (2017)
  2. St. Petersburg's Climate First Bank will move into its new headquarters at 182 37th Ave. N by around April 2022.
  3. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
  4. Feras Al Younes scratched off this $10 lottery ticket while he gassed up at a Tampa Circle K. He won $2 million.
  5. Dollar Tree stores like this one in St. Petersburg are raising the price of most items from $1 to $1.25.
  6. Celeste Roberts, co-founder of the Skills Center Collaborative, announces Tuesday that a 55,000-square-foot former skating rink in Belmont Heights will become a youth services center in fall 2022.
  7. This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new experimental COVID-19 pill.
  8. A shopper emerges from a Kohl's store on Black Friday, on Nov. 26, 2021, in Everett, Mass. U.S. consumer confidence fell to a nine-month low in November, clipped by rising prices and lingering concerns about the coronavirus. The Conference Board reported Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 that its consumer confidence index dropped to a reading of 109.5, down from 111.6 in October.
  9. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
  10. In this March 23, 2021 file photo, pedestrians walk past the New York Stock Exchange in New York's Financial District. The parent company of St. Petersburg-based First Home Bank began common stock trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol “BAFN” Tuesday.
  11. Joseph Brown of St. Petersburg weighs himself on the scale at a Publix in St. Petersburg.
  12. Kyle Larson, left, and Chase Elliott lead the field before a NASCAR Cup Series auto race on Sunday, Nov. 7 in Avondale, Ariz.
  13. A worker carries a large parcel at the United States Postal Service sorting and processing facility.
  14. On Sunday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey sent the tweet “I love Twitter.”
  15. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., a federal agency is taking over the employee pension plan of the Tampa Bay Times.
  16. FILE - Guests stroll along Main Street at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in August in Lake Buena Vista. Cooped-up tourists eager for a taste of Florida's sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and warmer climates are visiting the Sunshine State in droves, topping pre-pandemic levels in recent months.
  17. Victor Gimenez was previously executive director of the OUTShine LGBTQ+ Festival in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
  18. A float and a balloon in the Holiday Parade during a nighttime preview event of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy's.
  19. A Black Friday shopper wearing a face mask leaves a Walmart store with a TV in Pic Rivera Calif., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season today with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on businesses and shoppers’ minds.
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  21. Thousands of people browse local vendors during the Shopapalooza Festival at Vinoy Park on Saturday in St. Petersburg.
  22. Black Friday shoppers, wearing face masks, carry bags at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
  23. Activists from Extinction Rebellion block the entrance to the Amazon fulfilment centre, preventing lorries from entering or leaving on Black Friday, the global retail giant's busiest day of the year, in Tilbury, England, Friday. The group has targeted Amazon sites in Doncaster, Darlington, Dunfremline, Newcastle, Manchester, Peterborough, Derby, Coventry, Rugeley, Dartford, Bristol, Tilbury and Milton Keynes.
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