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James Scott latest to join fray in St. Pete City Council District 6

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With the entry of environmental activist James Scott, the list of candidates for St. Petersburg City Council District 6 grows to eight. The USFSP graduate student announced his candidacy Tuesday morning on the steps of St. Pete’s City Hall. A December 2014 University of South Florida St. Petersburg graduate in Environmental Science and Policy, Scott is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Florida Studies. Although he’s been called an environmental activist, Scott is all about sustainability, which he says is about balancing economic, environmental…

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Justin Bean joins crowded field running in St. Pete’s District 6

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Local businessman and civic activist Justin Bean is the latest candidate to jump into the crowded field vying for District 6 on St. Petersburg’s City Council. The 30-year-old Uptown district resident is the business development and sales manager at Reusable Transport Packaging, a web-based sales and marketing company in downtown St. Petersburg. Bean is also the chair of the Williams Park Partnership and founder of SmartBurg, an organization focused on economic growth and development in the city. Bean ramped up his interest in city affairs during…

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Democratic activist Jim Jackson becomes latest entrant into District 6 race

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Add longtime educator and Democratic Party activist Jim Jackson‘s name to the growing list of candidates vying for the St. Petersburg District 6 seat being vacated by the term-limited Karl Nurse. “I feel that I can bring the different parts of the city together,” Jackson explained Monday. “Downtown is thriving. It may be thriving too much for some people in terms of the rapid growth,” he says, bemoaning the fact that a lot of people would love to live in the downtown…

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New group aims to restore Williams Park to its historic vibrance

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Buses in Williams Park are gone. Sunday was the first day buses stopped at a variety of places in downtown St. Pete instead of all picking up and dropping off passengers at Williams Park. With the old bus shelters no longer surrounding the park, forming a barrier, St. Pete officials hope the park can finally be a gathering ground for families and festivities that so many other downtown parks are. A brand new group called the Williams Park Partnership is…

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SmartBurg initiative aims to engage St. Pete on economic growth opportunities

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There’s a new way for St. Pete residents to get engaged in their community. Justin Bean, a young professional who relocated to St. Pete as an adult, launched SmartBurg, an initiative aimed at increasing community engagement and furthering economic growth and development throughout the city. The group’s mission statement is to be “focused on the future of St. Pete” and to “accomplish smart economic growth through innovative, creative and competitive ideas.” His idea isn’t entirely new. It started last Spring…

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