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  1. St. Petersburg's 2020 Plan to reduce poverty kicks off

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the much-talked-about 2020 Plan have officially kicked off their five-year effort to reduce poverty in the city's poorest neighborhoods by 30 percent.

    At left, Gypsy Gallardo, chief architect of the 2020 Plan, called the additional youth jobs a “life-altering doorway” for young people who are at risk of being stuck in a cycle of poverty.
  2. Court ruling leaves murkiness over development rules in St. Pete Beach

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — It took the City Commission nearly three hours of debate this week over the meaning of a recent court decision to discover the city is still no closer to resolving its decadelong legal battle over development rules.

    Wayne Saunders, newly appointed St. Pete Beach city manager, officially begins his duties Nov. 10.
  3. Report: More Pinellas students attending special programs


    At many Pinellas high schools, the percentage of students opting for the traditional curriculum is getting smaller as special programs become more popular. That's the takeaway from a report this week by the Pinellas County School District showing significant enrollment increases over the last three years in high school …

  4. Intoxicated biker tries to drink his way out of arrest



    Intoxicated MOtorcyclist tries to drink his way out of arrest

  5. Cats and dogs get Pinellas County Commission's attention



    Advocating for Animals

    Dogs and cats had their day at Tuesday's Pinellas County Commission meeting. Commissioners agreed to loosen rules covering stray animals to make way for a program designed to reduce the population of feral cats.

    Three Birds Tavern now sells its house dressings the restaurant.
  6. Hometown South Pinellas


    MURAL DEBUTS: A new seascape mural celebrating life on the bay was unveiled Sept. 23 at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay. The idea for the mural was proposed a year ago and resident Kay Lahdenpera led fundraising efforts. Donations came in from Fountains clubs such as the Greeting Card club and the Stitch in Time …

    A new seascape mural celebrating life on the bay was unveiled Sept. 23 at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay.
  7. Cheeseheads keep business booming at Culver's burger chain in Largo


    LARGO — Parrish Sandefur admitted he worried about the success of his restaurant before it opened. Not too long ago, he and his wife, Alicia Sandefur, opened up the first Culver's in Tampa Bay on East Bay Drive. Although the quick service restaurant was a go-to eatery for him and his family for years back …

    Culver's has come to Pinellas County. Parrish and Alicia Sandefur have opened the first Wisonsin-based Culver's which is known and loved by Cheeseheads for "Butter burgers'' and frozen custard.
  8. Sunken Gardens hopes to renew its flock of pink flamingos



    A postcard picturing Sunken Gardens flamingos sent "Greetings from St. Petersburg Florida." A snow globe encasing two flamingos in a swirl of white particles served as one visitor's permanent reminder of the botanical garden and its exotic pink residents. Vintage plates, mugs, statues and …

    George, front, and Lucy are the last surviving pink flamingos at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. A current fundraising effort would restore the flock to more than 20. The pair are shown at the gardens on Sept. 16.
  9. Costume party benefits Goodwill Industries clients

    Human Interest

    Ghoulwill Bash aids Goodwill

    Goodwill Industries-Suncoast will host "Ghoulwill Bash," a Halloween-themed party featuring food, music and a "Cloak & Swagger" runway show of costumes featuring Goodwill store finds starting at 7 p.m. today in the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The event benefits …

  10. PARC black-tie gala honors 13 "Magnetic Men"

    Human Interest


    Patrons at PARC's 45th annual black-tie fundraiser danced to the music of Kool & the Gang and honored this year's 13 Magnetic Men at a sold-out gala in the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort.

    Cheryl Sanchez and Sue Brett were co-chairwomen for the Sapphire Ball, a benefit for PARC held Oct. 11 at the Vinoy.
  11. Newcomer challenges longtime incumbent in Lealman fire race


    LEALMAN — A political newcomer wants to bring a fresh, reasoned viewpoint to the Lealman fire board.

    Jorge Mercado
  12. St. Petersburg division chief challenges Pinellas Suncoast fire incumbent


    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A St. Petersburg division chief is squaring off against an incumbent for a seat on the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue Commission.

    Joseph Bruni
  13. Yield becomes stop at north St. Petersburg intersection


    Some drivers have not noticed that after the refurbishment of Fourth Street, at the intersection of 62nd Avenue N, traffic turning to head north or south on Fourth Street N using Washington Circle now has new stop signs to heed. But when turning off Fourth Street N to go east or west, we still have yield signs. …

    Some yield signs have been replaced with stop signs at the intersection of 62nd Avenue N and Fourth Street.
  14. Gulfport, St. Petersburg team up for mayors' cleanup of 49th Street

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman are about to get dirty.

    Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson
  15. Kriseman: St. Pete city workers should get at least $12.50 an hour

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Calling it "a step in the right direction," Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday proposed raising the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour.

    LaShawna Tyson of Orlando tells a crowd gathered at St. Petersburg City Hall on Tuesday morning how difficult is was for her to find a job once she had been in jail as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, looks on. Kriseman announced  a new minimum wage of $12.50/hr and also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which excuses job candidates from having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan. 1. Background checks for public safety and other sensitive positions will remain in place.