St. Pete Times

  1. City officials will give food truck regulations another shot this spring

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city is moving forward with changes to make it easier for food trucks to operate downtown.

    Maggie Loflin, who owns the Maggie on the Move food truck, often sets up just outside the downtown boundary, near Bayfront Health and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
  2. Excessive yard waste an issue in St. Pete Beach

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — The spring growing season often results in piles of tree and shrub trimmings and bags of yard waste lining and sometimes spilling into city streets, sometimes for days.

  3. New St. Pete Times debuts May 2

    News

    To our readers:

    Beginning May 2, the Tampa Bay Times will introduce a reimagined St. Pete Times section with a new look to bring you the most interesting and important news and information about your community every Friday.

  4. Fire departments start to line up for EMS battle

    Local Government

    Battle lines are being drawn over a proposal to make sweeping changes designed to hold down the costs of Pinellas' emergency medical services system.

  5. Downtown's First United Methodist Church expands with second campus in Kenwood

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG

    What better day than Easter to launch a new ministry, the Rev. Robin Hager asked.

    In an effort to become part of her new community, the Rev. Robin Hager volunteers at the Historic Kenwood Easter egg hunt on April 12. Hager’s in charge of the Foundry, a new “come-as-you-are congregation” that will begin worshiping in the cafeteria at St. Petersburg High today. Meanwhile, the United Methodist Church is still deciding the fate of its Red Brick Church across the street from the school. Story, Page 6.
  6. St. Petersburg officials weren't aware of payment promised to film festival

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the city's inaugural and much-anticipated BLUE Ocean Film Festival were looking for more than just a nice proclamation when they went before the City Council last week.

    They also were expecting a check.

    “This is a unique event. … It’s a really big deal,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said of the BLUE Ocean film festival.
  7. St. Petersburg deputy mayor reveals what led her to halt police promotions

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several weeks have passed since a group of officers, community leaders and city officials gathered at a church to discuss racial tensions at the Police Department.

  8. St. Petersburg mayor plans liaison to gay community, but two council members have concerns

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When a national report ranked Tampa as the leading city in Florida for its promotion of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents last fall, officials on this side of the bay took notice.

    Okay, maybe a little umbrage, too.

  9. New truck turnaround off Ulmerton Road irritates residents, business

    Roads

    LARGO — The homeowner and the business owner stood staring at the odd-looking one-lane strip of fresh asphalt that loops around a retention pond alongside Ulmerton Road. It has no curb, no sidewalk and is just a few feet from neighboring homes.

    “You have to scratch your head,” Grosse Pointe Estates resident Gilles Deslauriers says of the truck turnaround off Ulmerton Road.
  10. Indian Rocks Beach seeks to make Gulf Boulevard more green

    Local Government

    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A green, tree-filled canopy along Gulf Boulevard is just one of a number of changes featured in a massive rewriting of the city's development codes.

    Indian Rocks Beach Mayor R.B. Johnson imagines a “vegetative cover.”
  11. St. Petersburg mayor earns kudos for business hire

    Local Government

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was singled out as one of a handful of mayors across the country who are both progressive and pro-growth.

  12. Largo commission ready to vote on Pinellas EMS plan

    Local Government

    LARGO — City commissioners here are ready to pressure the county to come to the bargaining table for talks about proposed funding cuts to the Pinellas emergency medical services system.

  13. Preparing for the Passover seder, there's an app for that

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Chaya Korf was leading one of her monthly Lunch & Learn classes, offering tips for Passover, when she mentioned a new app created as a guide for the eight-day holiday.

    Demonstrating some functions of the Passover Assistant app, Rabbi Alter Korf of the Chabad Jewish Center also uses the time for teaching kids more about the holiday.  Rabbi Korf, center, refers to the Passover Assistant App on an iPhone as he helps make a Passover Chocolate Mousse Pie in the Chabad’s kitchen along with Ari Zimmer, from left, 16, Lee Kadury, 16, Hannah Zimmer, 14, and Victoria Bischoff, 17, all of St. Petersburg.
  14. Clearwater windsurfer, 17, competes for 2016 U.S. Olympic team

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER

    Jonathan Rudich, 17, never made it clear to his mother how much he was progressing in the sport of windsurfing.

    Jonathan maneuvers past other sailors from the Clearwater Community Sailing Center, which was recently named an official U.S. sailing center.
  15. Foundation Fighting Blindness dinner tests the senses

    Human Interest

    Dinner to be a sensory experience

    Dining in the Dark, a fundraising dinner to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness, will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE. The meal is a sensory experience in which guests dine in complete darkness …