Sunday, September 23, 2018

Bay Buzz

The Staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Skyway 10K glitch overcharged some, but could open race spots for others

Skyway 10K glitch overcharged some, but could open race spots for others

ST. PETERSBURG — Jen Corn's phone alarm went off at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. She had 15 minutes until registration for the Skyway 10K went live.What the 46-year-old Bradenton resident didn't realize was that tens of thousands of people across the b...
Published: 09/14/18
In second year, Skyway 10K nearly sells out in just 20 minutes

In second year, Skyway 10K nearly sells out in just 20 minutes

ST. PETERSBURG — The second running of the Skyway 10K race nearly sold out when 7,500 tickets were sold within the first 20 minutes of registration on Thursday.Last year's inaugural 6.2-mile race across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge sold out ...
Published: 09/13/18
Banished: Ulele bust on Tampa’s Riverwalk is headed to a warehouse

Banished: Ulele bust on Tampa’s Riverwalk is headed to a warehouse

TAMPA — Princess Ulele is banished from the Riverwalk.The 1,800-pound bronze bust portraying the Native American royal was placed outside the downtown waterfront restaurant bearing her name as a temporary art exhibit in December.At the tim...
Published: 09/12/18
Updated: 09/13/18
St. Pete’s potential solution to affordable housing? Development fees

St. Pete’s potential solution to affordable housing? Development fees

ST. PETERSBURG — The city is considering fees on new development in its latest effort to provide more affordable housing.City Council's Budget, Finance and Taxation Committee voted Thursday to seek proposals for a study on the impacts of a...
Published: 09/13/18
Pinellas County will seek $1.3 million grant for Red Tide cleanup

Pinellas County will seek $1.3 million grant for Red Tide cleanup

In the aftermath of the Red Tide, the Pinellas County Commission will vote Thursday to seek a $1.3 million emergency grant to offset the cleanup of tons of dead fish.Commissioners will vote on the emergency measure during a scheduled meeting Thursday...
Published: 09/13/18
Two public forums will discuss Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

Two public forums will discuss Clearwater’s strong mayor referendum

CLEARWATER – Residents can hear varying perspectives on the Nov. 6 referendum on whether to change Clearwater's form of government into a strong mayor system at two upcoming forums.The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a forum M...
Published: 09/13/18
Straz kicks off campaign saying he’ll shake up city government

Straz kicks off campaign saying he’ll shake up city government

David Straz Jr. told a crowd at the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Friday evening that he had fielded one question over and over on the campaign trail: Why are you running?The 75-year-old billionaire philanthropist who made his money in banking said his ...
Published: 09/08/18
Updated: 09/12/18
It’s official: Illinois official to become Pinellas County administrator on Oct. 29

It’s official: Illinois official to become Pinellas County administrator on Oct. 29

Pinellas commissioners have reached an agreement with their new county administrator.Barry Burton, an administrator for a county north of Chicago, will start work in Pinellas Oct. 29.Burton takes over for Mark Woodard, who has worked for Pinellas Cou...
Published: 09/12/18
St. Pete City Council tentatively approves 2019 budget

St. Pete City Council tentatively approves 2019 budget

ST. PETERSBURG – Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed $717 million budget for next year coasted through its first public hearing Thursday, despite coming in more than $200 million higher than the 2018 budget.Much of that increase ...
Updated one month ago
State’s $9.5 million grant will help rapid buses connect St. Pete, beaches

State’s $9.5 million grant will help rapid buses connect St. Pete, beaches

ST. PETERSBURG — Dedicated rapid bus lanes connecting downtown and the beaches moved one step closer to reality on Friday when the Florida Department of Transportation approved a $9.5 million grant to help build a  bus rapid transit s...
Updated one month ago