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Pinellas GOP heavyweights raising money for Rick Baker on Wednesday in Clearwater Beach

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Former Mayor Rick Baker continues building momentum in his quest to return for a third term as St. Petersburg Mayor. Coming off a successful campaign kickoff event last week, Baker, who served two terms from 2001-2010, is following with another high-profile reception Wednesday in Clearwater Beach. Co-chairs of the event – with the tagline “Proven Leadership” – include renowned attorney Brian Aungst Jr., former Pinellas GOP Chair Jay Beyrouti and restaurateur (and one-time “Mr. Clearwater”) Frank Chivas. According to the invite,…

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Sock it to Leslie Waters for the holidays

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Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters has started a “Sock it to the Mayor” tube sock drive for the benefit of two Seminole organizations – Operation Military Matters and the Interfaith Food Pantry. Operation Military Matters needs tube socks for the shoe boxes they pack for our military men and women. Operation Military Matters was founded this year by two Seminole Elementary School fifth graders, Graci Tubbs and Ava Spano, both 10 years old, who are trying to make a difference in…

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Pinellas schedules first meeting of sewer task force

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As Hurricane Hermine churned its way northward in the Gulf of Mexico, it dumped as much as 22 inches of rain on portions of Pinellas. Heavy rains and flooding caused sewage overflows across the county and the dumping of millions of gallons of raw and partly treated sewage into the Gulf. Within days, Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice called for a countywide task force comprised of representatives from cities and private companies that own sewer systems in the county. “We…

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Incumbents want to keep the good times rolling in Seminole

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Jim Quinn and Thom Barnhorn say things are good in Seminole: The moribund Seminole Mall is at long last a memory. In its place, a bright new City Center is rising. The city’s property tax rate is one of the lowest in the county, and it hasn’t changed since 2008 when it dropped. A senior center has opened. The emergency operations center/public works building is solar powered and sells energy back to the grid. The city is building a waterfront…

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Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas endorses four Republicans for State House

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The Florida Farm Bureau-Pinellas has endorsed four Republicans running for re-election to the state House of Representatives. Reps. Chris Latvala, House District 67, and Larry Ahern, HD 66, received contribution checks from Farm Bureau-Pinellas board members Leslie Waters and Fred Petty during the group’s annual dinner earlier this month. Waters is mayor of Seminole and Petty is the former Pinellas County tax collector. Kathleen Peters, HD 69, and Chris Sprowls, HD 65, also received campaign contributions. “These state legislators have…

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Seminole mayor endorses in judicial, property appraiser races

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Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters issued endorsements in three races over the weekend. Waters endorsed Dora Komninos and Myriam Irizarry who are running for seats on the bench. She also endorsed former state Rep. Jim Frishe for Pinellas County property appraiser. “I endorse Dora Komninos for County Court judge of Group 8,” Waters said. “Her intensive experience prosecuting domestic violence cases would serve the citizens well with Dora on the bench.” Komninos is an assistant state attorney who is facing Tampa…

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Leslie Waters re-elected Seminole mayor

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Leslie Waters won her second term as Seminole Mayor Monday when qualifying passed, and no one signed up to oppose her. Incumbents Thom Barnhorn and Jim Quinn are facing a challenge from Tom Christy for the two open seats on the Seminole council. Christy is making his seventh try for a place on the Seminole City Council. The two top vote-getters will take office. Waters could not be reached for comment. Waters is a former Republican member of the Florida House,…

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