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The James Museum announces interim director

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The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife art has selected an interim director as it ramps up toward its scheduled opening in early 2018. Bernice Chu started the job on Monday and will report directly to Tom James who along with his wife, Mary James, will make hundreds of works of art from their private collection available for viewing in a new 84,000-square-foot museum next year. Chu’s long résumé includes positions with The New York Botanical Garden,…

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Expect Pinellas Trail closings in Tyrone area

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A portion of the Pinellas Trail between 13th Avenue North and 22nd Avenue North will be closed through Jan. 29. Other sections will close other sections will be closed as well throughout this month as part of a 2-mile improvement project. Areas from 22nd Avenue North to Tyrone Boulevard and then from Tyrone Boulevard to 76th Street will also close as crews complete improvements. The sections will reopen as work is completed. The county has not listed how long each…

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2 days, 2 downtown St. Pete apartment buildings announced

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Hot on the heels of announcing a 22-story apartment building in downtown St. Pete, news of another just west of it broke Tuesday morning. According to the pro-St. Pete development news site St. Pete Rising, the NRP Group is planning to build a nine-story luxury apartment building on the block between Second and Third avenues south, and Fourth and Fifth streets. The property is a parking lot across the street from the Tampa Bay Times. Plans for the new development…

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County Commission paves way for more well-paying jobs in Pinellas

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Pinellas County may be on its way to welcoming a wave of new higher-end jobs. At a Tuesday meeting, the Board of County Commissioners made all the necessary moves to encourage an interested businesses service firm — referred to as B5070737632 by the Commission — to house its new corporate headquarters in Pinellas County. Should the outside firm choose to set up shop here, which, according to the Commission’s Aug. 18 meeting agenda, it “wishes” to do, then an estimated 255…

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Second strip joint, err, adult establishment – the Bottom 2 The Top Club – opens in downtown in St. Petersburg

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So I was talking to my good friend Mark F. last week and he couldn’t stop telling me about the new adult establishment that he visied, err, I mean opened up in his neighborhood: The Bottom 2 The Top Club. Along with SINN, the bikini dance club which opened up next to the Scientology Life Improvement Center in Decemeber, the Bottom 2 The Top Club is the second so-called Gentlemen’s Club to open in downtown St. Petersburg in the three…

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Bill Maxwell: It’s up to all of us to save BayWalk

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From Bill Maxwell, in today’s St. Petersburg Times: – When I moved to St. Petersburg in 1994, downtown was on virtual life support. The place was dreary, especially at night. – Being a movie buff, I was disappointed that I had to drive to the Tyrone Square Mall or nearby Crossroads or Pinellas Park to see Dirty Harry and the Terminator blow away bad guys. I hadn’t hung out in bars since graduate school in Chicago, so I didn’t worry…

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A birthday celebration with Mark

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Before Mark returned to Louisville, he fulfilled his promise to take me out for my 30th birthday. Our friend Sharon joined up with us and we enjoyed a rather sublime evening at Bonefish, Ceviche and downtown St. Petersburg. Nothing too noteworthy, other than to say that throughout the night, I kept thinking how blessed I am to have friends that still make me laugh. So many guys have a difficult time keeping a friendship that doesn’t revolve around XBox, Hooters…

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