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Matt Stewart picks up broad base of endorsements for Pinellas School Board bid

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Matt Stewart announced Wednesday that he’s picked up the endorsement from a broad base of Pinellas power brokers who support his run for the District 1 at-large seat on the Pinellas County School Board. Those endorsements: Pinellas County Commission chairman Charlie Justice, Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke, Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson, Tarpon Springs City Commissioners Rea Sieber and Susan Slattery, Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith, and St. Petersburg City Council member Lisa Wheeler-Brown. The support comes…

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Dan Fiorini surpasses Wengay Newton in campaign contributions in HD 70 race

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Dan Fiorini, a first-time candidate challenging fellow Democrat Wengay Newton for the open House District 70 seat, raised more cash than Newton in April, the third month in a row he’s done so. The April report shows Fiorini raised $4,496.95 to Newton’s $3,060.00, including in-kind contributions. “Obviously, our message is resonating with the community, “Fiorini said in a statement on Wednesday. “Mr. Newton has been a candidate for 17 months.  In just four months, my campaign has closed the fundraising gap, and…

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Five St. Pete City Council endorse Charlie Crist in CD 13 race

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With the Florida presidential primary now history, attention and energy will now go to some of the congressional elections upcoming later this summer. Former Governor Charlie Crist is the leading candidate at the moment to win the open CD 13 seat in Pinellas County, and he got a shot in the arm Thursday with no fewer than five members of the St. Petersburg City Council announcing their support for him at a ceremony in front of City Hall. Jim Kennedy, Darden Rice,…

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City Council lays down preliminary 2017 budget priorities

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St. Petersburg City Council members met Thursday to start early debate on how the city should allocate its money next week. During a workshop, each council member laid out priorities for the fiscal year 2017 budget. Several council members, certainly enough for staff to pay attention to when writing the next budget, wanted to work toward lowering the city’s property tax rate. The current tax rate is at 6.77 mills – that means homeowners pay $6.77 per $1,000 of assessed…

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PSTA bids farewell to Williams Park with chocolates

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Bus riders still have one more day to enjoy catching a ride on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus from Williams Park in downtown St. Pete. But the agency took to the park Friday afternoon so go ahead and say its goodbye. To commemorate fifty years of bus service at the longtime hub, PSTA officials handed out 500 pieces of chocolate to thank customers – and of course, as a nod to Valentine’s Day Sunday. Valentine’s Day is the first…

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Ken Welch to launch fourth re-election campaign

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Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is officially launching his re-election campaign next week. Welch will be meeting with supporters at the Hangar Restaurant located at 540 First Street SE Wednesday, February 10. Congresswoman Kathy Castor will be on hand as a special guest, though an invitation sent to prospective donors makes clear she “is not asking for funds or donations” as per campaign finance rules. Welch has already built an impressive host committee consisting of several current and former mayors.…

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Toast of the Bay/Dump into the Bay: St. Pete Chamber and Bike Share

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Toast to the Bay: St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce The St. Pete Chamber this week celebrated a fruitful 2015 at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Pete among more than 1,000 members. The backdrop was a theater thriving in a booming downtown. All things that make the Chamber and its president, Chris Steinocher, very, very happy. The group welcomed 333 new members in 2015, a record-breaking year for them. Steinocher participated in 42 ribbon cuttings representing 42 new businesses…

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