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  1. Two men arrested in connection with baby formula heist at East Lake Walmart

    Crime

    EAST LAKE

    Two men arrested in connection to baby formula heist at East Lake Walmart

  2. Pinellas commissioner visits site of crash where three teens died in a submerged car

    Public Safety

    The deaths of three teen girls killed inside a stolen car as it sank into the depths of a muddy pond March 31 hit close to home for Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.

    Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch recorded a video of his visit to the crash site.
  3. Belleview Biltmore's historic wood gets new life, plank by plank

    Human Interest

    BELLEAIR

    The heart pine wood came from trees thought to have sprouted nearly 600 years ago in Florida and Georgia forests. The lumber was sawed down and transported to Belleair in 1896, where railroad magnate Henry Plant was building the magnificent Belleview Biltmore Hotel. The trees became the floorboards, …

     A portion of the former Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa, Belleair will be renovated and moved to the east end of the property by developer Mike Cheezem.  It will be renamed the Belleview Inn and have 35 rooms.
  4. St. Pete's $20 million gamble: Growing seagrass for money

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's good to be green, especially if it makes the city millions in cash.

    Seagrass meadows provide habitat for snook, redfish and trout, stone and blue crabs, and manatees that feed on the plants.
  5. Epilogue: Tasker Beal gave his life — and love — to Ridgecrest community

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Monday through Friday, for 40 years, Tasker Beal awoke before the sunrise.

    Tasker Beal never moved away from the Ridgecrest community he loved.
  6. Marijuana civil citations move toward approval in St. Petersburg

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — Over the objections of police Chief Tony Holloway, council members on Thursday tentatively approved a measure that would allow people caught with small amounts of marijuana to avoid jail and instead pay a fine.

    Police Chief Tony Holloway wants to wait and see what a county ordinance will create.
  7. Charity ball games to aid law enforcement officers

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Two ballgames, all-you-can-eat-food and a fireworks show isn't all you'll get for $18 at Bright House Networks Field this weekend. Entry fees will help two local law enforcement officers fight cancer.

  8. Oldsmar snipes back over St. Petersburg official's comment

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — At the end of last week's City Council meeting, council member Jerry Beverland, a 50-year resident, seemed a little grumpy when he used unpleasant verbiage to describe St. Petersburg.

    Oldsmar City Council member Jerry Beverland.
  9. Land at key intersection near Tyrone Square Mall sells for $875,000

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — A small piece of land on one of the most visible intersections in the city changed ownership Tuesday.

  10. Largo manager's forum on website calls for ideas on city's identity, future

    Local Government

    LARGO — City Manager Henry Schubert has created a section on a community forum website to discuss ideas for Largo's identity and future.

  11. Fundraising campaign seeks to help Gulfport shops damaged in fire

    Business

    GULFPORT — After a fire engulfed a plaza with four shops this month, community leaders are raising money to get the businesses back up and running.

  12. Neighborhood leaders decry reassignment of St. Petersburg community police officer

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Neighborhood leaders in the southern end of town are effusive in their praise of police Officer Dennis Kelly.

    Officer Dennis Kelly served the city’s southern communities.
  13. Garage to add parking for Postcard Inn, push out several longtime St. Pete Beach businesses

    Tourism

    ST. PETE BEACH

    Two businesses that have operated in the city for more than a half-century are being forced to move or close their doors to make room for a parking garage planned by the Postcard Inn.

    The Postcard Inn in St. Pete Beach plans to build a parking garage for several hundred cars on a small strip mall it owns next to the hotel. In all, six businesses were told they have until May 31 to move. Some have already left.
  14. Former Largo employee files whistle-blower lawsuit against city

    Local Government

    LARGO — A former Largo plumbing inspector is suing the city, claiming that officials violated a law meant to protect whistle-blowers by firing him in retaliation for a complaint he filed with a state agency.

    City Manager Henry Schubert says the firing was for misconduct, not retaliation.
  15. Daniel Ruth: St. Petersburg divides cash from BP oil spill

    Columns

    When you think of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, from the images of destroyed wetlands and dead animals to the spill circulating through the Gulf of Mexico, the memories remain all too vivid.