Monday, Dec 22, 2014

A good deal? Other teams have paid more than Rays to break lease
Even with the Rays playing in Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg loses $1.4 million a year on the ballpark.

— When a professional sports franchise ups and moves away, things tend to get ugly.

No bond for suspect in Tarpon Springs officer’s slaying

No bond for suspect in Tarpon Springs officer’s slaying

TARPON SPRINGS — Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., charged in the fatal shooting of Officer Charles “Charlie” Kondek, 45, will be held without bond on a first-degree murder charge....
Updated: 21 mins ago
Memorial fund set up for slain Tarpon Springs officer

Memorial fund set up for slain Tarpon Springs officer

TARPON SPRINGS — A memorial fund has been set up for the Tarpon Springs police officer fatally shot on Sunday, as police warned of scams involving fraudulent attempts to collect money for the officer’s family.
Updated: 24 mins ago
James Bond producer skipped Hollywood for St. Petersburg

James Bond producer skipped Hollywood for St. Petersburg

The man who helped bring Ian Fleming’s dashing secret agent James Bond to film is remembered by his children as a loving husband who abandoned the lucrative franchise and skipped Los Angeles for St. Petersburg so he could devote more time to h...
Updated: 19 hours ago
To St. Pete, land under Trop  more valuable than Rays

To St. Pete, land under Trop more valuable than Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Whether the Tampa Bay Rays stay at Tropicana Field or go elsewhere, one thing remains constant: the 85 acres of prime real estate the stadium occupies at the edge of a booming downtown.
Published: 12/20/14
Residential building boom going strong in downtown St. Petersburg

Residential building boom going strong in downtown St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — Construction cranes will remain a part of the downtown landscape well into next year as one of the biggest residential building booms in this city’s history keeps going strong.
Published: 12/20/14
COLUMN

Brushback or beanball on stadium?

Last Thursday, the St. Petersburg City Council voted 5-3 to reject a deal brokered by Mayor Rick Kriseman that would have allowed the Tampa Bay Rays to explore locations in Pinellas or Hillsborough for a new ballpark.
Published: 12/20/14
Makers’ creations displayed at festival

Makers’ creations displayed at festival

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Pete Makers made its public debut Saturday with an all-day festival featuring members’ creations at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. Displays at the first St. Pete Maker Fest ranged from high-tech to low-tech, ...
Published: 12/20/14
Authorities: Don’t advertise your holiday travel plans

Authorities: Don’t advertise your holiday travel plans

ST. PETERSBURG — If you’re planning to go out of town for the holidays, local law enforcement agencies don’t want everyone to know.
Published: 12/20/14
Punch leads to manslaughter charge for St. Pete man

Punch leads to manslaughter charge for St. Pete man

A St. Petersburg man is charged with manslaughter after police say he punched a man in Williams Park who later died.
Published: 12/20/14

Pinellas deputies: Man attempting to flee wreck triggers six-car pile-up

A driver whose car struck another vehicle Friday evening attempted to flee the scene and triggered a six-car pile-up in Safety Harbor, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Published: 12/20/14