Sunday, August 19, 2018

Pinellas News

Two Seminole council members face challengers

SEMINOLE — Six candidates have filed to run for two open seats on the City Council.Incumbents Chris Burke, first elected in 2012, and Trish Springer, elected in 2015, face challenges from former council member Dan Hester, who served from 2005 to 2010...
Published: 08/16/18
Largo to increase solid waste fees 20 percent

Largo to increase solid waste fees 20 percent

LARGO — City commissioners recently took the first step toward increasing solid waste fees when they voted 4-3 to approve a 20 percent residential and commercial hike.The increase, which would be the first since 2007 and take effect Oct. 1, would cos...
Published: 08/16/18

Higher property values lead to tax rate decrease in Indian Rocks Beach

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The City Commission has approved a reduction in the property tax rate. The rate for the coming fiscal year, 2019 will be $1.83 for every $1,000 in assessed, taxable property value, down from $1.93 for the past two years. For eigh...
Published: 08/16/18
The Daystarter: Can Bernie Sanders swing the governor’s race?; meet the stand your ground shooter’s legal team; Rays’ bats wake up against Yankees

The Daystarter: Can Bernie Sanders swing the governor’s race?; meet the stand your ground shooter’s legal team; Rays’ bats wake up against Yankees

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Get ready for another overcast, wet and hot day. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service. The highest ch...
Published: 08/16/18
Deveron Gibbons’ promise of 20 jobs in jeopardy as development plans languish

Deveron Gibbons’ promise of 20 jobs in jeopardy as development plans languish

ST. PETERSBURG — Former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons’ plans to develop two acres across the street from Tangerine Plaza — where two supermarkets failed — could be in trouble. His vision for the property at 2100 18th Ave....
Published: 08/16/18
Q&A: A Watergate trickster talks dirty politics, then and now

Q&A: A Watergate trickster talks dirty politics, then and now

CLEARWATERNearly half a century ago, Martin Kelly made the mistake of his life.He was a senior at the University of Miami when he decided to take part in what would become one of the most infamous political scandals in U.S. history: Watergate. He was...
Published: 08/15/18
John’s Pass ferry to shut down after Madeira Beach cancels funding

John’s Pass ferry to shut down after Madeira Beach cancels funding

MADEIRA BEACH — In six weeks, a struggling water taxi service based in Johns Pass Village will cease operations.The Tampa Bay Ferry & Taxi service began operations two years ago as part of a city-initiated public-private partnership that included an ...
Published: 08/16/18
The Daystarter: The latest on ‘stand your ground’ arrest; red alert for Red Tide; it’s Taylor Swift time in Tampa

The Daystarter: The latest on ‘stand your ground’ arrest; red alert for Red Tide; it’s Taylor Swift time in Tampa

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Showers will push ashore and strengthen in the early afternoon. There’s a 40 percent chance of rain mainly in the afternoon, but forecasters believe most of the rain will be gone by t...
Published: 08/14/18
Echelman Pier sculpture raises bird safety concerns

Echelman Pier sculpture raises bird safety concerns

ST. PETERSBURG — From the beginning, the city’s plans for an aerial net sculpture on the downtown waterfront provoked alarm from those concerned about birds."I do not think that it is appropriate to place a moving, lighted net in an important flyway ...
Published: 08/14/18
SELF Program delivers low-income home-improvement loans in Pinellas, Hillsborough

SELF Program delivers low-income home-improvement loans in Pinellas, Hillsborough

Kathy Sizemore, 65, and her husband had just replaced the leaky roof on their two bedroom, two-bathroom home in North St. Petersburg.A few months later, Hurricane Irma struck, and their refrigerator broke down. Meanwhile, her air conditioner was on i...
Published: 08/10/18
Updated: 08/13/18