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Questions remain over St. Pete Pier’s estimated ‘return on investment’

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This week, the City of St. Petersburg issued an economic impact report claiming the new St. Pete Pier — as part of its own district — would create $80 million in annual economic impact. It would be “a complete return on investment in the first year of operation,” Mayor Rick Kriseman said in a news release. That bold prediction caught the attention of WTSP’s Noah Pransky, who questioned some of the report’s findings. To investigate, Pransky spoke with City Development…

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Hillsborough Commissioners add themselves to new lobbying ordinance

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Hillsborough County Commissioners added themselves to a previously drafted amendment to an ordinance that would prohibit registered lobbyists from communicating electronically during commission meetings. The proposal before the board would have only penalized lobbyists on Wednesday, prompting Commission Chair Les Miller to say that it was insufficient, and that “we as the County Commission should also adhere to the lobbying ordinance.” Miller offered two new amendments that the board ultimately approved. One added “commissioners” to the provision that in the case that an electronic…

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WTSP exposé examines Florida’s ‘weakest in nation’ texting, driving laws

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Florida lawmakers will probably not make texting while driving a primary traffic offense in 2017, although it is the law in 41 other states. Right now, Florida doesn’t allow officers to pull over drivers for texting and driving unless they notice another potentially dangerous or deadly offense at the same time. In an interview with Noah Pransky of WTSP, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran suggested that legislators may need more information before they decide to change the law, perhaps by…

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Patrick Manteiga was right about demise of Tampa Trib; so was Noah Pransky

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The shock from the news that the Tampa Bay Times has purchased and folded the Tampa Tribune has yet to wear off. In fact, there are probably a few hundred (maybe thousands) subscribers to the Trib who don’t pay attention to social media (think of all those seniors at Sun City Center) and were likely surprised this morning to see their regular newspaper replaced with the Times. While those folks may be caught off guard, two local journalists were definitely…

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Florida lawmakers support presidential candidates, but forgot to vote in primary

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Florida legislators may have publicly backed a presidential candidate, but new research finds that several lawmakers failed to vote in the state’s primary election. Noah Pransky of WTSP reports that a number of lawmakers — just like in 2012 – simply did not take part in Florida’s March 15 presidential preference primary, including four from Miami-Dade County: Republican Rep. Erik Fresen, Democratic Reps. Daphne Campbell, Cynthia Stafford, and State Sen. Gwen Margolis. Fresen had endorsed Marco Rubio, who lost Florida…

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Questions raised on possible Tampa Trib sale

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Then there was one. Maybe. Facing an expiring lease and the outsourcing of its printing operations to rival Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Tribune may be coming up for sale. In a recent report, Noah Pransky of WTSP suggests that 121-year-old daily could be sold, even though its Los Angeles-based owner has not been forthcoming. “Guys see below there is a leak here somewhere this is bs,” wrote Revolution Capital Group founder and managing partner Robert Loring Jr. in response…

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Go Hillsborough cleared of ethics violations, yet many questions remain

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Although an extensive review of a “Go Hillsborough” contract award cleared the project of ethics violations, several unanswered questions remain. In a nearly 2,000-page report, both the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney Mark Ober found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by county staff, commissioners or consultant Beth Leytham before awarding the profitable transportation expansion study to Parsons Brinckerhoff, Leytham’s client. Nevertheless, Noah Pransky of WTSP says the investigation corroborates earlier findings that show Leytham’s regular practice of behind-the-scenes…

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