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  1. With new director in place, Florida Botanical Gardens hopes to rise to 'the next level'

    News

    LARGO — The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation has hired its first-ever executive director, Vernon Bryant, a former horticulture manager for Pinellas County Parks who was part of the team that helped create the Botanical Gardens almost 20 years ago.

    Vernon Bryant helped create the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo 20 years ago.
  2. Pinellas Commission gives preliminary nod to tax money for Blue Jays

    Ml

    CLEARWATER — After a confusing debate, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday voted to help Dunedin move forward with an $81 million upgrade of the Toronto Blue Jays spring training complex.

    The county gave preliminary approval to spend $46.5 million in bed-tax money to help upgrade the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility.
  3. Pinellas County commissioner to discuss tax money for Toronto Blue Jays

    Ml

    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will discuss the next steps for a plan to help Dunedin upgrade the spring training complex for the Toronto Blue Jays.

    A plan to renovate Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, calls for Pinellas County to shell out $46.5 million. County commissioners will discuss the idea at a meeting Tuesday.[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  4. Pinellas County to consider rules for medical marijuana

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission is slated to vote Tuesday on an ordinance to establish rules for growing, processing and selling medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will consider new rules for growing, processing and selling medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county. [Washington Post]
  5. St. Petersburg's sidewalks have safety flaws for pedestrians and cyclists

    Transportation

    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of advocates for pedestrian safety recently strolled through the city and found themselves dodging distracted drivers, navigating sidewalks that petered out and traversing darkened thoroughfares lacking proper lighting.

    The Florida Consumer Action Network sent a team of auditors to walk the streets of St. Petersburg and found plenty of problems facing pedestrians and bicyclists. Here’s one example: On 22nd Avenue S, a sidewalk at one corner of 49th Street S dips down into a storm drain on the road and then continues through a crosswalk in the intersection. [Courtesy of Florida Consumer Action Network]
  6. Police: 26-year-old man killed after losing control of car on Gandy Boulevard

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 26-year-old man died Saturday night after police said he struck a guardrail and was thrown from his car.

  7. Man shot, killed in early morning argument in St. Petersburg

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning after an altercation.

  8. St. Petersburg City Theatre to close building, programs after 92 years

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The air conditioning system is ancient, and the recently patched roof may not last much longer. But a wall backstage at the St. Petersburg City Theatre is still very much alive, bearing the signatures of all those involved in the countless productions since the 92-year-old stage company moved into …

    Spectators watch a production of Little Shop of Horrors Friday, April 14, 2017 at the St. Petersburg City Theatre. The theater is closing its building and stopping its summer and main stage programs. The organization has been around for 92 years, but have had financial and building troubles.
  9. St. Petersburg council argues, then agrees on $14 million Pier District request

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Thursday night approved a formal request to Pinellas County to reallocate an extra $14 million to the Pier District project. But as usual, when it comes to the Pier, even this simple request grew complicated and contentious.

    It took awhile but late Thursday night the St. Petersburg City Council finalized a request to Pinellas County that would boost the budget for the new Pier District by $14 million. The council decided that $10 million would go to the pier and the downtown waterfront, and $4 million would go to transportation and parking. But Pinellas County has to approve reallocating the money. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  10. Get the latest look at the St. Petersburg Police Department's new digs

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning to kick off construction of the long-awaited, new St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters.

    Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning for the new St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters at 1301 First Ave. N, across from the department's old, cramped offices. The new building and a shooting range are expected to cost up to $81 million. This is an artist's renderings of what the new lobby will look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]
  11. St. Petersburg City Council set to vote on request to Pinellas County for extra $14 million for Pier

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG —The City Council is expected Thursday to finalize a request to Pinellas County that could boost the budget for the new Pier District by $14 million, which would bring the total cost to $80 million.

    The St. Petersburg City Council is expected Thursday to finalize a request to Pinellas County that would boost the budget for the new Pier District by $14 million, which would bring the total cost to $80 million. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  12. Thirsty First bar in downtown St. Pete offers some fun quirks

    Bars & Spirits

    With bars, I've always been a less-is-more guy. Same with restaurants: A 10-page menu inspires less confidence than a single page. I can appreciate a contrary approach, of course, if it has substance beyond a brute force attempt at overcoming a weak concept.

    Bartender Chris Emmons lights an orange peel as a garnish at Thirsty First in downtown St. Pete. The bar has multiple menus and drinks specials.
  13. Creative Loafing, craft rum distillery could be the tenants for new 'town square' in St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — How does sipping a craft locally sourced rum in the city's artistic epicenter sound? A proposed "town square" built to green specs and designed to bring together artists, hipsters and journalists in a cluster is being discussed for the Warehouse Arts District.

    A proposed "town square" has been proposed for St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District by the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail. The city is negotiating a $150,000 sale of city-owned vacant industrial land at 600 26th St. S to developer Orange Belt Station LLC. [Google Maps]
  14. New disc golf course coming to Oldsmar this summer

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — If you've wandered through Sheffield Park lately, along with seeing the usual walkers, runners, dogs and happy kids on the playground, you might have noticed some new "holes.''

    Trevor Toenjes has been playing disc golf since the 1980s.
  15. Dancing and donating at Equality Florida gala

    News

    More than 600 people gathered in Mahaffey Theater to celebrate progress and prepare for more hard work at Equality Florida's St. Pete Gala.