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St. Petersburg voters to decide on Vinoy ‘reimagination’

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In addition to the mayor’s race and three contests for City Council, St. Petersburg voters will also be presented with a handful of referendums this November. One decision voters must make is whether to approve a privately financed, one-story parking garage with eight tennis courts on top of the 7th Avenue NE side of the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel.

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Rick Kriseman campaigns ’round the clock on eve of primary election

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Mayor Rick Kriseman is pulling out all the stops in the final hours before voters head to the polls Tuesday to determine whether he will get another term as St. Petersburg’s top elected official.

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Rick Kriseman’s get-out-the-vote effort at full swing

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said his get-out-the-vote efforts are in full swing just hours ahead of when voters are set to hit the polls to decide if he will get another term as the city’s top elected official. “Every day to election day we are having the conversations that matter with the voters in this city. We are talking with folks from every neighborhood and zip code about how far we’ve come these past four years and the future…

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Pinellas legislative delegation to meet Sept. 21

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Pinellas County lawmakers will hold their first public hearing ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session next month, the delegation announced Tuesday. Delegation Chairman and Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala announced the Sept. 21 meeting Tuesday and said it will be held in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus from 9 am to noon. During the meeting, Pinellas County’s three senators and eight representatives and their staff will introduce proposed local bills, give presentations focusing on economic development…

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Hot on the trail: Fundraising notes from the St. Pete municipal races

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Candidates for St. Petersburg City Council faced a Friday deadline for filing reports showing finance activity through June 23. Inside these finance reports are some interesting tidbits of information. Here are a few data points which stood out.

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On open records, half Florida’s legislators rate F or D

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Half of Florida’s legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year’s legislative sessions. In a “scorecard” produced by the Florida Society of News Editors and based on information provided by Florida’s First Amendment Foundation — which tracked a priority list of public records exemptions — the 160 legislators totaled three Fs, 77 Ds, 71 Cs, and 9 Bs. Each year FSNE completes a project devoted to Sunshine…

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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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