St. Pete Times

  1. South Pinellas letters: Pinellas doesn't have 'train culture'


    No real ridership for rail system

    Greenlight Pinellas is another ploy by a few politicians and businessmen to make money off the backs of the people of St. Petersburg. Building a rail line to anywhere is ludicrous. We are not a "train culture." We are a "car culture," and people will not give up their cars …

  2. St. Petersburg mayor picks Clearwater's Holloway as his next police chief

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A day after Mayor Rick Kriseman interviewed his top four candidates for police chief last month and introduced them to the community in a public meet-and-greet, he got on a plane to Dallas.

    Anthony Holloway, 52, has been the police chief in Clearwater for the last four years. His name first surfaced Saturday as a candidate for St. Petersburg's police chief opening after it became clear Mayor Rick Kriseman was quickly eliminating the known candidates. Kriseman said the process "led me to realize what we needed most: someone familiar with us, but not of us." [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2013)]
  3. Kriseman goes off list, picks mystery candidate as next St. Petersburg police chief

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has picked a surprise candidate to lead the St. Petersburg Police Department, after eliminating all four known finalists over the weekend.

    The focus 
is on Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway as the mayor’s likely pick.
  4. No bidders for St. Petersburg recycling contract as mayor mulls options

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When he took office this year, Mayor Rick Kriseman wasted no time trying to jump-start the city's sputtering effort at universal curbside recycling.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has promised to bring universal curbside recycling to the city, but no company bid to take part in the program.
  5. Gulfport to help families of women killed in St. Petersburg crash

    Human Interest

    GULFPORT— An early morning fiery car crash in St. Petersburg that killed three young women — two cousins and their aunt — left behind grieving families, and six children without their mothers.

    Grace LaShawn Collier, from left, Jamesia Chera Santoria and Briana Lequinda Campbell died from injuries suffered in a June 26 hit-and-run crash on 16th Street S in St. Petersburg. They were headed home from a night of fun.
  6. Planned Madeira Beach park is one for fun and remembrance

    Human Interest

    MADEIRA BEACH — A special park dedicated to children who have died is about to be built in this beach community, thanks to more than a half-million dollars in donations from grieving families and community supporters.

    An artist’s rendering of the planned reflecting pool for ROC Park in Madeira Beach.
  7. Treasure Island budget proposes tax increase for bridge work

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — As city commissioners begin their workshops this week on the city's proposed $21.2 million budget for 2014-15, they might experience deja vu as they again struggle with ways to fund aging infrastructure.

    City Manager Reid Silver-board said the increase would generate $134,805 for bridge renewal and replacement.
  8. SPCA Tampa Bay opens low-cost wellness clinic

    Human Interest


    A little more than a year ago, SPCA Tampa Bay announced an ambitious initiative aimed at keeping pets together with their caregivers as a way of reducing the number of animals that end up in Pinellas County's animal shelters each year.

    Chloe gets kisses from her “mom,” Brianna Wetherwax, during a routine wellness exam with Dr. Rizal Lopez Sunday morning at the SPCA Tampa Bay clinic in Largo.
  9. Kenneth City budget proposal includes raises, no tax changes

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — Property owners here would get no increase in taxes under a budget proposed for the coming fiscal year — the first spending plan under the town's new style of government.

    Matthew Campbell, Kenneth City town manager, said he proposed a salary plan, something the town has lacked, which doesn’t include raises for the mayor and council.
  10. Seminole council censures member Patricia Plantamura

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — In a rare move, irate council members here censured Patricia Plantamura, asking her "to cease and desist" from disruptive behavior or "step down from the Seminole City Council."

    Patricia Plantamura  has long been a critic of the city manager.
  11. In jail, 'John Doe' inmates often identified


    In late June, St. Petersburg police officer Daniel Poveda arrested a man without a name.

  12. Clearwater Beach parking garage approved despite opposition

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — A seven-story parking garage at the north end of Clearwater Beach's tourist district keeps moving closer to reality despite persistent opposition by an assortment of nearby residents.

    The proposed seven-story, 642-space parking garage, shown in this rendering, would be built at the Pelican Walk Plaza on Mandalay Avenue. Many spaces would be set aside for local workers.
  13. St. Petersburg planning $750,000 to preserve Indian mounds

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Four city parks containing American Indian mounds are being primed for a digital upgrade and heightened protection status.

    An Indian mound at Maximo Park in St. Petersburg is one of several in four city parks that are threatened by erosion, vandalism, artifact collectors and normal park use, such as foot traffic.
  14. Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach approve redevelopment

    Real Estate

    MADEIRA BEACH — Sharp political differences about future development in two of the county's largest beach communities were on vivid display Tuesday.

  15. Rowdies' soccer success in St. Pete leads to legal tussle

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Steve Nadel remembers clearly when he first thought of luring the Tampa Bay Rowdies away from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.