Thursday, August 16, 2018

St. Pete Times News

Two Seminole council members face challengers

SEMINOLE — Six candidates have filed to run for two open seats on the City Council.Incumbents Chris Burke, first elected in 2012, and Trish Springer, elected in 2015, face challenges from former council member Dan Hester, who served from 2005 to 2010...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Largo to increase solid waste fees 20 percent

Largo to increase solid waste fees 20 percent

LARGO — City commissioners recently took the first step toward increasing solid waste fees when they voted 4-3 to approve a 20 percent residential and commercial hike.The increase, which would be the first since 2007 and take effect Oct. 1, would cos...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Higher property values lead to tax rate decrease in Indian Rocks Beach

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The City Commission has approved a reduction in the property tax rate. The rate for the coming fiscal year, 2019 will be $1.83 for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value, down from $1.93 for the past two years. For eigh...
Updated: 9 hours ago
In Republican race for Pinellas County Commission seat, Rep. Kathleen Peters outpacing field

In Republican race for Pinellas County Commission seat, Rep. Kathleen Peters outpacing field

As the Aug. 28 primary election approaches, three Republicans are battling to represent a Pinellas County Commission district that hasn’t witnessed a competitive contest for more than 15 years.State Reps. Larry Ahern of Seminole and Kathleen Peters o...
Published: 08/16/18
The Daystarter: Can Bernie Sanders swing the governor’s race?; meet the stand your ground shooter’s legal team; Rays’ bats wake up against Yankees

The Daystarter: Can Bernie Sanders swing the governor’s race?; meet the stand your ground shooter’s legal team; Rays’ bats wake up against Yankees

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Get ready for another overcast, wet and hot day. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. The highest ch...
Published: 08/16/18
Deveron Gibbons’ promise of 20 jobs in jeopardy as development plans languish

Deveron Gibbons’ promise of 20 jobs in jeopardy as development plans languish

ST. PETERSBURG — Former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons’ plans to develop two acres across the street from Tangerine Plaza — where two supermarkets failed — could be in trouble. His vision for the property at 2100 18th Ave....
Published: 08/16/18
Bank of America student leaders enjoy impactful summer

Bank of America student leaders enjoy impactful summer

TAMPADe’Naysha Mullings, 18, has not attended her first class at Florida A&M University, yet she’s already making a name for herself on campus.Mullings recently launched her campaign for freshman vice president, a sign that the future doctor is deter...
Published: 08/13/18
Updated: 08/15/18
Q&A: A Watergate trickster talks dirty politics, then and now

Q&A: A Watergate trickster talks dirty politics, then and now

CLEARWATERNearly half a century ago, Martin Kelly made the mistake of his life.He was a senior at the University of Miami when he decided to take part in what would become one of the most infamous political scandals in U.S. history: Watergate. He was...
Published: 08/15/18
John’s Pass ferry to shut down after Madeira Beach cancels funding

John’s Pass ferry to shut down after Madeira Beach cancels funding

MADEIRA BEACH — In six weeks, a struggling water taxi service based in Johns Pass Village will cease operations.The Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi service began operations two years ago as part of a city-initiated public-private partnership that included an ...
Published: 08/16/18
Local Craft Beer of the Week: The Falcon Brett IPA, Flying Boat Brewing Co.

Local Craft Beer of the Week: The Falcon Brett IPA, Flying Boat Brewing Co.

Just in time for its first anniversary on Saturday, St. Pete’s Flying Boat Brewing Co. has tapped a beer that pushes the envelope by combining two trends — New England-style IPA and Brett IPA — into one unique brew: The Falcon IPA.By now, you probabl...
Published: 08/16/18