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  1. Is St. Petersburg's downtown boom rigged at the expense of other areas of the city?

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Downtown's building boom is the envy of Tampa Bay for the positive national press it has received.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony of One St. Petersburg condominium, hotel and parking garage in March. Once completed, ONE will be the tallest building in Downtown St. Petersburg and include 253 luxury condominium homes, a 40,000 square foot elevated resort deck featuring a fitness center, swimming pool, private cabanas, whirlpool and spa, and a 173-room Hyatt Hotel with over 17,000 square feet of retail space. In the background is St. Petersburg's Bayfront Tower condominium. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. St. Petersburg police, Walmart hope hourlong meeting improves working relationship

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police officials said Thursday after a meeting with Walmart representatives that they were impressed with the retailer's commitment to reducing the high volume of law enforcement calls at its St. Petersburg stores.

    Shoppers walk into the entrance of a Walmart supercenter recently. [BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  3. Five questions with Pinellas Park's Rob Van Tassel, Florida's Big Brother of the Year

    Human Interest

    PINELLAS PARK

    We caught up with Rob Van Tassel, 58, a few days before he and his "Little Brother'' rappelled down the 28-story Priatek Plaza in downtown St. Petersburg as part of the Over the Edge fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

    Van Tassel, who was matched with Seth in 2008, is Florida’s Big Brother of the Year.
  4. Armed Forces Museum puts memorial back in Memorial Day

    Events

    LARGO

    Memorial Day is often referred to as the unofficial start of summer — a three-day weekend complete with pool parties, barbecue and potato salad.

    The Armed Forces History Museum in Largo displays flags and military vehicles in its main hall.
  5. Pinellas Park art walk planned Saturday

    Human Interest

    PINELLAS PARK — An area off Park Boulevard that started a few years ago with a few city-owned storefronts ripe for redevelopment is hosting an inaugural Art Walk on Saturday.

  6. Class teaches ways to find peace

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rev. Dieter Randolph, who is joining the leadership team at First Unity Spiritual Campus, will teach an interactive, seven-session class that explores how to find peace in every moment.

  7. Madeira Beach petition drive faces setback

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — The city has rejected an affidavit required by the city charter to start a petition for a referendum. The backers of the petition are seeking to halt several proposed hotel/condominium projects.

  8. New beginning, high hopes for long-vacant Midtown land

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — For nearly a decade, a 14-acre patch of land has lain vacant, as city planners' dreams of attracting good-paying jobs to Midtown vanished with the Great Recession and the long, slow recovery.

  9. Opinions vary on Pinellas Suncoast Fire district's pitch for funding through property tax

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — For Chief Salvatore D'Angelo, it's time.

    Funding isn’t equitable now, says fire Chief Salvatore D’Angelo.
  10. Academic all-state team: Long days pay off for Canterbury valedictorian

    Swimming Preps

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Like most successful student-athletes, Ellen McMullen managed to pack several activities into her day. Aside from her classes at Canterbury, she was also on the swim team, the soccer team and the track team.

    Ellen McMullen is the 2016 valedictorian at Canterbury School of Florida.
  11. Daniel Ruth: The great gondola gallop in Pinellas

    Columns

    There's an old story. Many years ago, then-Tampa Mayor Nick Nuccio, upon returning from a trip to Italy, appeared before the City Council to extol the beauty of the gondolas he had experienced in Venice. Wouldn't it be great, he mused, if the council would approve funding for a gondola to reside at Lowry Park Zoo.

    SkyTran is a high speed, elevated, personal rapid transportation system that runs cars on magnetic levitation technology. The system is not fully functioning anywhere in the world, but skyTran Chairman Jerry Sanders said a test system is running in Israel and the technology is under development in several European cities    .
Image courtesy of skytran.com
  12. U.S. 19 to get new pavement

    Roads

    What is happening on U.S. 19 near Park Boulevard? I see a bunch of equipment there and I'm wondering what's up and how long we can expect it to last.

    Jeff Stevenson

  13. Ethics complaint filed against Madeira Beach city manager

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — An ethics complaint has been filed against City Manager Shane Crawford, claiming improper permitting for the rehabilitation of a house owned by Vice Mayor Pat Shontz.

  14. Treasure Island road work draws complaints

    Roads

    TREASURE ISLAND — The underground work to install new street lights along Gulf Boulevard is causing traffic delays and backups that have generated dozens of complaints to city hall.

  15. Arrest report: Drug dealer fell asleep in car in police parking lot, had drugs on him

    Crime

    INDIAN SHORES

    The police officer was just outside department headquarters when he noticed a parked car, motor running. The driver looked like he was asleep behind the wheel.