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Deborah Clark sets tentative schedule for mail ballots in municipal elections

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Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark has set a tentative schedule for mail ballots in the March 14 municipal elections. Ballot mailings are tentatively planned for registered voters residing in: Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island. Mail ballots are tentatively scheduled to be sent Jan. 27 to absent military and overseas voters who have requested ballots by that date. State law requires…

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Pat Shontz, former Madeira Beach mayor, dies

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Pat Shontz, a former Madeira Beach mayor and city commissioner, died Thursday at a local hospital, city officials said. “It was a shock,” Madeira Beach Mayor Travis Palladeno said. “She was supposed to come home today. She went in the night.” Palladeno said Shontz was being treated for injuries received in a recent fall.  “She cared. Pat had nothing but love for the city of Madeira Beach,” Palladeno said. “She brought a lot to the table. She’ll be sorely missed.…

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St. Pete removes warning signs, continues to test water

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After recent tests on water in and around Coffee Pot Bayou came back normal, crews from St. Petersburg’s public works department have removed the warning signs from around the shoreline. The warning signs had been placed around Coffee Pot Bayou as tests were being conducted following the discovery of numerous sick and dying brown pelicans. “The water quality is not in question in Coffee Pot Bayou,” said John Palenchar, interim water resources director. “And we are working with all concerned…

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Kathleen Peters asks state for millions to help solve sewage problems in St. Pete, St. Pete Beach

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State Rep. Kathleen Peters filed two bills Wednesday aimed at helping pay for sewer improvements in St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. Peters, a Republican from Treasure Island, asked for $5.5 million in state funding. Of that, $3 million in state funding would be earmarked for St. Petersburg to smoke test sewer pipes for leaks, install and seal manholes, among other work. The remaining $2.5 million would go to St. Pete Beach for the engineering, construction and permitting of the…

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Riviera Bay, Coffee Pot Bayou water test results near normal, St. Pete says

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Initial test results from water samples taken from waters in and around Coffee Pot Bayou and Riviera Bay have shown no abnormalities, but testing of sick and dead pelicans will continue, St. Petersburg officials said. “From all we’ve seen, the water there is in overall good shape,” said Interim Water Resources Director John Palenchar. “But we will continue testing, and so the signs will stay up for awhile.” The city has collected 15 dead or dying pelicans since Jan. 12.…

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PSTA to expand Direct Connect program, Uber rides to bus stops

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Need a ride to the bus stop? Hail an Uber from anywhere in the county to a PSTA bus stop and PSTA will pick up the tab. That’s the gist of the Direct Connect program created by the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to solve the problem of the so-called first mile/last mile obstacle to the use of public transportation. Agency officials say the public-private partnership is the first in the country to solve that problem. At issue is the rider’s…

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Charlie Crist asks EPA to investigate deaths of pelicans, egrets in St. Pete

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U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the troubling deaths of more than 20 pelicans and egrets in the Tampa Bay area last week, as well as the massive beaching of false killer whales this weekend that resulted in more than 80 deaths of these mammals. The freshman Democrat from St. Petersburg wants the EPA to test the toxicity of the surrounding waterways to see if these deaths are linked to poor water quality caused…

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