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Among Belleair mansions, neighbors squabble over proposed dock

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While good fences may make good neighbors, a proposed dock in the exclusive Belleair neighborhood in Pinellas County sparked a legal clash between two mansion owners.

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St. Pete attorney sues Equifax over data breach

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A St. Petersburg attorney is filing a first-of-its-kind suit against credit-ratings agency Equifax over a recent data breach that compromised millions of user Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and other personal information. Matthew Decell “Matt” Weidner is a Preeminent-rated attorney who specializes in foreclosure defense, consumer law, probate and trusts. He is president and managing partner at Weidner Law, a three-attorney firm based in St. Petersburg.

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Developers battle over project on former site of Trump Tower Tampa

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One of the Tampa-area projects devastated by the 2008 real estate crash was a $300 million condo tower from real estate tycoon Donald Trump, who is currently serving as 45th president of the United States. Now, developers are squaring off in court over another proposal for the downtown parcel that was once to be the home of Trump Tower Tampa.

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St. Petersburg CEO dead of brain cancer accused of nearly destroying HR firm

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A local human resources firm is suing the estate of its former CEO who suffered from brain cancer, accusing him of trying to undermine the company in a power play before dying earlier this year.

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Seawall dispute stymies planned $800K Gulfport waterfront home

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A couple looking to build an $800,000 waterfront Gulfport home had their plans thwarted when it was discovered they did not actually own the seawall, which was purchased in 1921 by a now-defunct company.

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Manuel Sykes’ ongoing divorce saga; eviction, alimony, death plots

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Nearly a year after filing, renowned St. Petersburg pastor Manuel Sykes is still fighting a bitter divorce battle with his wife of 10 years, complete with accusations of eviction and plots to “take a hit out on him” for insurance money, among other things.

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