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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

Aviat helping host cities prepare for NFL love, Super Bowls in 2020-21

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While kickoff of the 2017 NFL season is still months away, Florida is already looking toward the Super Bowl — in 2020 and 2021. The biggest game in professional sports will be back-to-back in Miami Gardens in 2020 and Tampa in 2021 — thanks to a construction delay in Los Angeles — and no matter which Florida team you support, the Sunshine State is getting some major NFL love. For running a successful Super Bowl, preparations must start years in…

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All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program graduates inaugural class in St. Pete

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is graduating its first class of its pediatric residency program, the first new program of its type in the United States since the 1970s. Last week, 10 pediatricians-in-training completed their journey through the three-year training program, which launched in 2014 at the 259-bed teaching hospital in downtown St. Petersburg. These new medical professionals learned to diagnose, prevent and treat childhood diseases, and will become the next leaders in children’s health. The residency…

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Women’s Conference of Florida to hold leadership symposium in October

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This fall, a group of Florida’s professional business women will gather in Tampa to discuss and learn ways to take on strong leadership opportunities. The 2017 Women’s Conference of Florida, now in its second year as the state’s premier professional symposium, is set for Oct. 26-27 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in Tampa. Founded in 2015, the day-and-a-half Conference — which drew more than 1,000 attendees last year — will take on issues facing professional women through speakers,…

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Duke Energy’s Top 10 tips to beat summer heat, save money

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With Florida’s summer well underway, meteorologists are predicting slightly higher than average temperatures in 2017. And with the heat, comes an inevitable seasonal spike in electric bills. But summer doesn’t have to be a budget-buster. Duke Energy, which services about 1.8 million Floridians, is helping consumers take control of their energy use by offering several simple, energy-efficient changes in the home. Here are the Top 10 low-to-no-cost energy-efficiency tips for summer: — Set your AC to the highest comfortable setting.…

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St. Pete retirement communities decry ‘unlawful’ property appraisal, seek tax refunds

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Three St. Petersburg retirement communities are accusing the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s office of “unlawfully” calculating of property values, leading to overpayment of thousands of dollars on its 2016 tax bill. In separate lawsuits, owners of the three properties are suing Mike Twitty, as Pinellas County Property Appraiser; tax collector Charles W. Thomas and Leon M. Biegalski, who serves as executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue. The suits, filed June 19 and 20 in Pinellas County Circuit Court,…

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More endorsements come rolling in for Darden Rice’s re-election

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St. Petersburg City Council Chair Darden Rice is announcing an extended list of new endorsements Thursday for her District 4 re-election bid. As a popular first-term Council member and longtime civic activist, Rice enjoys a wellspring of support from elected officials, colleagues and well-wishers on both the local and state levels. The growing list of endorsements includes several prominent local elected officials: State Sen. Darryl Rouson, State Reps. Ben Diamond and Wengay Newton, as well as St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman,…

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Mike Fasano’s July charity is Pasco back-to-school supply drive

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For July’s charity-of-the-month, the five offices of Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano will be collecting donations to help kids whose families cannot afford basic back-to-school supplies required of most students. Soon after the promotion ends at the end of the month, schools in each community will receive the supplies. “Each year students are expected to purchase an ever-growing list of supplies to bring with them on the first day of school,” Fasano said in a statement. “Gone are the…

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