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Rick Kriseman to join with Muslim leaders to host city’s first Iftar dinner

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Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Wednesday that he and Muslim leaders from throughout Tampa Bay will host St. Petersburg’s first Iftar dinner welcoming residents of all faiths to celebrate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The event will be held June 14 at St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum. “Now more than ever, we must be expressive in our love and respect for people of all faiths,” Kriseman said. “I am excited to bring the community together to honor our Muslim brothers and sisters.” Abdul…

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Pinellas Realtors recommend Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach candidates

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The Pinellas Realtor Organization has issued recommendations in three upcoming elections. In Safety Harbor, the group recommends Joe Ayoub for mayor and Damon Lister for Seat 1 on the City Commission. In St. Pete Beach, Realtors recommend Alan Johnson for mayor. The member-only candidate screening committee reviewed questionnaires and interviewed candidates before making recommendations. The group says that there are thoughtful, qualified candidates running, but each race had a candidate stand out for overall commitment to the community, understanding of economic issues,…

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Pinellas legislative delegation schedules meeting next week

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State Sen. Jack Latvala, chair of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation, has scheduled the second regular public hearing for the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive in Largo. The library is located in the Central Park complex near the intersection of Missouri and East Bay Drive. This meeting will include voting on proposed local bills, presentations focusing on jobs and economic…

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Treasure Island residents ask judge to declare development ordinances null

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Two Treasure Island residents have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare two city development ordinances to be void. If the judge agrees, the effect would be to prevent developments of certain heights and densities from being built in the beach city’s downtown special area. That would include developments that have already been approved under the rules. At issue are two ordinances that were passed in 2012. Both involved the Treasure Island downtown special area plan, which allows mixed-uses…

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Beaches chamber schedules forums on Madeira Beach candidates, Penny for Pinellas

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The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce has scheduled two forums for voters. The first, planned for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 is a candidates forum for the March 14 Madeira Beach city election. It will be in the Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive. Seven are running for three open slots, and all have said they plan to attend the forum. In the mayor’s race, incumbent Travis Palladeno is facing challenger Margaret Black. In the race for the District…

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Gulfport schedules candidates’ forum Feb. 2

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Gulfport voters are invited to “Meet the Candidates” running in the March 14 Municipal Election. This will be a live broadcast at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater located at 5501 27th Ave. S.  Facilitated by the League of Women Voters, the “Meet the Candidates” forum will allow the public to present questions on topics relevant to Gulfport. Two seats are up for grabs in the election. The Ward 2 seat is held by Christine Anne Brown,…

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Nanoplankton, red tide found in St. Petersburg waterways

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St. Petersburg is continuing to test waterways after nanoplankton and red tide was found in samples collected Thursday in areas where a fish kill and dead pelicans were found. City officials said a water sample collected by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff at Riviera Lake #1, the site of an initial cold weather inversion-related fish kill last week which led to discoveries of sick or dead brown pelicans, has turned up bloom concentrations of nanoplankton. Meanwhile, a water…

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