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  1. Treasure Island webcam gives surfers, tourists a look at waves

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The Suncoast Surf Shop isn't answering nearly as many phone calls these days, but that's a good thing, says manager Joanna Braddock.

  2. Shuttle provides free rides for St. Petersburg's needy seniors

    Local Government


    On her 72nd birthday, Ray Jackasal had a list of things to do. At the top? Get to the doctor, where she would get an injection in her knee. Once, a few years ago, Jackasal would have driven herself. But a bout with breast cancer resulted in her losing her home and car.

    Driver Larry Jenkins helps Ray Jackasal, 72, out of the shuttle offered by the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference and lawyer James Flynn. Below, Jackasal rides the shuttle, which takes St. Petersburg seniors to doctor’s visits and stores.
  3. Seabird Sanctuary founder sued twice, accused of selling car to two different buyers

    Human Interest

    INDIAN SHORES — Last spring, a Virginia man sued the founder of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, accusing him of taking money for a car he later refused to sell.

    The suits are the latest in a string of problems for Ralph Heath.
  4. Community news: Group lobbies for police body cameras in St. Petersburg, Clearwater



    Civil rights group Calls for Police body cameras

    Some of the 130 zombie dancers of all ages  perform at Thrill St. Pete at South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday. This year the zombie dancers raised money for the Children’s Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay. For a video report go to tampabay.com/video.
  5. Hometown South Pinellas


    Blanton Elementary celebrates gardens: Blanton Elementary School in St. Petersburg dedicated Oct. 11 to celebrate its American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. Parents, students and teachers spent a few hours composing boxes and planters in soil, doing maintenance of other gardens on school grounds and …

    David Mendelson, GTE senior talent developer; Joe Branucci, GTE Financial president and CEO; and Marcus Black, GTE member care manager, show their support during the 11th annual AIDS Walk Tampa Bay at Vinoy Park.
  6. Completion of construction on U.S. 19 has been delayed


    Hi, Doc, what's the latest on the U.S. 19 construction in Clearwater? Wasn't it supposed to be done this month?

  7. Tampa Bay Watch benefit scheduled

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay Watch dinner

    "Evening for the Bay," a fundraiser for Tampa Bay Watch restoration and education efforts, will feature a buffet dinner and live music from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 3000 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde. $80 members, $90 all others. tampabaywatch.com; (727) 867-8166, ext. …

  8. Pile driving to last until end of year on downtown St. Pete apartments

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — One of the two pile drivers at a downtown construction site will continue to clang away through the holidays, further aggravating some nearby residents.

    The 19-story apartment building on Third Street near Fourth Avenue S in St. Petersburg has pilings being driven as deep as 200 feet. The pounding started in April.
  9. St. Petersburg mayor abruptly replaces cultural affairs official

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman fired the city's main arts official on Tuesday and announced Wayne Atherholt will be the city's next director of cultural affairs.

    Morean Arts Center director Wayne Atherholt, second from left, mingles at a benefit for the Morean Arts Center last year. He will become St. Petersburg's director of cultural affairs. [Times (2013)]
  10. House 69 candidates say they're good fit for independent-minded district


    Kathleen Peters has a pile of cash and plenty of powerful Republican supporters in her race for another term representing southern Pinellas beach towns, South Pasadena, Gulfport and west St. Petersburg.

    Kathleen Peters seeks to retain her state House District 69 seat.
  11. County judge declares St. Petersburg's parking ordinance unconstitutional

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A judge ruled this week that an ordinance regulating two-hour parking restrictions in the city's downtown core violates the law, sparking questions about an often-buzzed-about topic.

    St. Petersburg Parking Enforcement personnel leaves a ticket on a car on First Avenue North. (Times)
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 …

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



    Intoxicated MOtorcyclist tries to drink his way out of arrest