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Survey shows fewer than half of voters support Penny for Pinellas renewal

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A new survey shows fewer than half Pinellas voters would cast a ballot for renewing the Penny for Pinellas if the referendum were held today. The poll, by St. Pete Polls, shows 48 percent of registered voters in Pinellas County would vote to support another Penny. Another 28 percent would not support it, and 23 percent are unsure. Although the poll shows the Penny failing to pass if the election were today, the vote is close and, with a 2.2…

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Split delegation gives Redington Beach chance to regulate short-term rentals

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Members of the Pinellas Legislative Delegation voted 6-4 Tuesday to pass a local bill that would give Redington Beach a chance to regulate short-term rentals. The bill, if passed by the Legislature, would give the town a chance to cure a mistake that was made in 2008 when town officials adopted a rule against short-term rentals. Although the council approved the ordinance, they did not give voters a chance to endorse the rule during a referendum. A referendum is required…

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Director of Pinellas construction licensing board retires

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Rodney Fisher, the executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, announced his retirement during a meeting Tuesday of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation. Fisher, who has been the target of recent stories in the Tampa Bay Times, referred to those saying, “The issue with the PCCLB should not be about me. … I am retiring as the executive director.” The stories have alleged that some homeowners and contractors feel “cheated, ignored and even stonewalled” by the agency. As…

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Clearwater Chamber names Karen and Brian Aungst Sr. ‘Mr. and Mrs. Clearwater’

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Karen and Brian Aungst Sr. were named the 2017 “Mr. and Mrs. Clearwater” by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. During the 95th annual Chamber meeting last week, Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel was named AchieveHERs Woman of the Year. At the banquet — themed “Imagine Clearwater” — the Chamber announced its 2017 Business of the Year winners. The theme served as not only an ode to the city’s bluff development, plan but also a celebration of the assets that Chamber officials say make…

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Brandi Gabbard running for St. Pete City Council

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Realtor Brandi Gabbard has filed papers to run for the District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council. “I have been selling real estate since 2005 and have gained an intricate knowledge of our city,” Gabbard says on her campaign Facebook page. She adds, “I see through the eyes of current residents and those moving here what our strengths are but also our weaknesses. The resurgence of our downtown is astounding and something to be so proud of. Now is…

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Joe Ayoub releases new campaign video

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Joe Ayoub, who’s running for Safety Harbor mayor, has released a new campaign video. Ayoub uses the three-minute video to set out his vision for Safety Harbor: “As your mayor, I will lead this city with an exciting vision,” Ayoub says. “This vision includes a more vibrant and thriving downtown, protecting our small-town charm, adding amenities to our waterfront park, and reducing the height and scale of the proposed seven-story condo building.” Ayoub goes on to point out the many…

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Ballots mailed to military, overseas voters for municipal elections

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Pinellas County’s Supervisor of Elections Office mailed a total of 411 ballots to absent military and overseas voters Friday for the March 14 municipal elections. Ten municipalities are conducting elections March 14: cities of Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach and Madeira Beach, the towns of North Redington Beach and Redington Shores, and the cities of Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island (Districts 1 & 3 only). Absent military and overseas voters include all active-duty military, their…

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