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Saturday, Apr 19, 2014

Downtown St. Pete may open up to food trucks
Maggie Loflin, of Maggie on the Move food truck, says she tried for two years to get former Mayor Bill Foster to change the city’s food truck rules.

Food trucks may abound in Tampa but they have yet to become part of St. Petersburg’s culinary DNA.

St. Petersburg’s ubiquitous businessman Bill Edwards quietly has acquired another block-size parcel for $12 million at 25 Second St. N., a block south of the renovated BayWalk retail center. He’s mum on plans for the parcel.
St. Pete’s growth spurt keeps rolling
The BP oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and sent millions of gallons of oil in to the gulf in 2010 at a time when local tourism was reeling from the recession, making offshore drilling an economic issue as well as an environmental one.
Impact of 2010 BP oil spill lingers
Exceptional Student Education associate Donna Kane works with Jake Francis, right, and Brandon Agrippa at Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Student Education Center in Clearwater on Thursday. Pinellas County schools are devising a plan to improve special-education student performance before transitioning to new educational standards.
Pinellas schools aim to improve special-ed student performance
St. Pete’s growth spurt keeps rolling

St. Pete’s growth spurt keeps rolling

ST. PETERSBURG — Last year’s boom in retail and residential development downtown hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down in the first four months of 2014.
Updated: 10 hours ago
Downtown St. Pete may open up to food trucks

Downtown St. Pete may open up to food trucks

ST. PETERSBURG — Food trucks may abound in Tampa but they have yet to become part of St. Petersburg’s culinary DNA.
Updated: 11 hours ago

Vendor to process Madeira Beach parking citations

MADEIRA BEACH — The city has joined a growing list of Pinellas County municipalities that have their parking tickets processed by a private vendor rather than the county Clerk of the Circuit Court to get a bigger percentage of the fines paid....
Updated: 12 hours ago
Pinellas schools aim to improve special-ed student performance

Pinellas schools aim to improve special-ed student performance

LARGO — Special-education students in Pinellas County schools are performing well below the level of their peers across the state, but a new plan could turn things around before Florida schools transition to a new set of education standards ne...
Published: 04/18/14
Impact of 2010 BP oil spill lingers

Impact of 2010 BP oil spill lingers

ST. PETERSBURG — As the four-year mark of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster approaches, environmental groups, marine scientists and local leaders warn that its impacts — and the spectre of oil drilling off the Pinellas Beaches — ma...
Published: 04/18/14

Brown: Spirit of crony capitalism still alive

Last year my Publix supermarket underwent extensive renovation, even closing its pharmacy for about a month. When it was all finished, there was a new deli, a coffee bar and a liquor store next door.
Published: 04/18/14

Pinellas to pay Pasco tax debts

CLEARWATER — Shortly after Pinellas County commissioners voted unanimously to fire County Administrator Bob LaSala, they gave staff clear instructions to pay more than $110,000 in back taxes owed to Pasco County for the Crossbar and Al-Bar ran...
Published: 04/17/14
Sinkhole opens at  Dunedin condo community

Sinkhole opens at Dunedin condo community

Emergency personnel were called this afternoon to a sinkhole at a Dunedin condominium community.
Published: 04/17/14

Police ID drunk pedestrian killed in St. Pete

St. Petersburg police have identified a homeless man who had a high blood-alcohol content when he was struck and killed Tuesday night while attempting to cross the road.
Published: 04/17/14
Deputies seek suspect in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

Deputies seek suspect in Palm Harbor pharmacy robbery

Pinellas County deputies are seeking the suspect seen on video tackling a woman and stealing her medication outside a Palm Harbor pharmacy.
Published: 04/17/14