Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pinellas News

St. Petersburg tries new strategy to target early education in Midtown

St. Petersburg tries new strategy to target early education in Midtown

ST. PETERSBURG — In Florida, preschool can cost more than college tuition.This seems backward, considering that many scholars and teachers see the impact of early childhood education as the key to end poverty."You would think that we would invest ear...
Published: 09/05/18
St. Petersburg City Council scuttles 2-acre development project

St. Petersburg City Council scuttles 2-acre development project

ST. PETERSBURG — An ambitious plan to build a gas station, convenience store, soul food restaurant and medical services building near Perkins Elementary School appears to have met its demise.City Council members have decided against giving former may...
Published: 09/06/18

Healthy St. Petersburg awards empowerment grants to nonprofits

ST. PETERSBURG — The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has announced that it has awarded "empowerment grants" to boost the efforts of eight small to midsize nonprofits in South Pinellas.The grants are: $64,400 to Bright Community Trust for a ne...
Updated one month ago
Former Shep’s on Fourth Street going from beer to marijuana

Former Shep’s on Fourth Street going from beer to marijuana

ST. PETERSBURG — It’s gone from a convenience store and deli to a mecca for craft beer drinkers and now the Fourth Street location that housed Shep’s for more than 40 years will become a medical marijuana dispensary.Surterra Wellness is leasing the 3...
Updated one month ago
State drops death penalty bid against Jonchuck, accused of dropping his daughter off bridge

State drops death penalty bid against Jonchuck, accused of dropping his daughter off bridge

LARGO — The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office announced Monday it will not seek the death penalty against John Jonchuck in the brutal 2015 killing of his daughter."The state has elected to waive the death penalty in this case," Assistant State A...
Updated one month ago
Suncoast fire district looking at a $100 annual fee increase

Suncoast fire district looking at a $100 annual fee increase

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Voters in the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District will likely be asked next March whether they want to pay more to maintain the same level of service.A task force recommended this month that a $100 increase in annual assessm...
Updated one month ago
St. Petersburg’s $1-million Pier playground to be ‘one of a kind’

St. Petersburg’s $1-million Pier playground to be ‘one of a kind’

ST. PETERSBURG — The city will spend $1 million for what officials are calling an out-of-this-world playground for the $76 million Pier District.The more than 12,000-square-foot amenity will feature wood and other natural materials and children will ...
Updated one month ago

Welcome center to be built on St. Petersburg College campus in Seminole

SEMINOLE — The City Council recently unanimously decided to dedicate nearly $21,000 toward the construction of a 2,800-square-foot civic building and welcome center at the St. Petersburg College Seminole campus.The majority of the construction will b...
Updated one month ago

Gulfport’s property tax rate likely to remain unchanged

GULFPORT — For the seventh year in a row, the city will not increase its property tax rate.The City Council recently unanimously approved a tentative property tax rate of about $4.04 for each $1,000 of assessed, taxable value. A home valued at $100,...
Updated one month ago
St. Pete approves money to build Doc Ford’s restaurant at Pier

St. Pete approves money to build Doc Ford’s restaurant at Pier

ST. PETERSBURG — Work has begun on the new Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille at the Pier.A total of 64 piles are being driven to support the new building, which is scheduled to be finished in August 2019 — ahead of the projected opening of the Pier Distric...
Updated one month ago