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State of emergency extended for Pinellas

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The Pinellas County Commission voted to extend the area’s state of emergency for another week during a special commission meeting Thursday.

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Doreen Caudell to hold high-profile kickoff Wednesday for Pinellas Commission bid

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Doreen Caudell is holding a high-profile kickoff fundraiser Wednesday for her Pinellas County Commission District 2 campaign. The small-business owner and Clearwater City Council member filed prequalifying paperwork June 9 for the at-large seat currently held by Pat Gerard. Caudell’s event begins 5:30 p.m. at the Marina Cantina, 25 Causeway Blvd. in Clearwater. RSVP at Doreen@DoreenCaudell.com. About 60 local Republican leaders have signed onto the host committee, including state Sen. Jack Latvala and his son, state Rep. Chris Latvala, former Clearwater Mayor…

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Pinellas County politico John Morroni to step down in 2018

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Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni announced Tuesday he would be vacating his seat next year, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The 25-year veteran politician served roughly 18 years on the Commission and, before that, another seven in Florida’s House of Representatives. Morroni said he would not be a candidate for a fifth term on the board, wrote the Times. Twice elected as a state lawmaker, Morroni served from 1992-2000. From 1993-1994 he was the chair of the Pinellas County Legislative…

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Pinellas commissioners ask for power to revamp construction licensing board

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Pinellas County Commissioner Janet Long sent a strongly-worded letter to the head of the county’s construction licensing board telling him to get the agency’s house in order. Long also sent a letter to state Sen. Jack Latvala asking that Pinellas’ legislative delegation give the county the power to determine how best to provide the board’s services to residents. The construction licensing board regulates certain construction and home improvement contractors practicing in Pinellas County, including all local municipalities. In addition, the…

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Pinellas County launching educational campaign to renew Penny for Pinellas

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Pinellas residents can expect to hear a lot next year about the number of roads, fire stations, parks, buildings and other projects the county and cities have constructed during the past 30 years. Residents will also hear a lot about construction planned for Pinellas’ future. It’s all part of an education campaign that the county and municipal governments will undertake as they try to persuade Pinellas voters to renew the Penny for Pinellas sales tax for the fourth time. If…

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Pinellas Legislative Delegation to consider changes to construction licensing board

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Responding to a request from Charlie Justice, the Pinellas Legislative Delegation will consider changing the way members of the Construction Licensing Board are chosen. State Sen. Jack Latvala, the delegation chair, called on state Rep. Larry Ahern to come up with a plan by the delegation’s Jan. 31 meeting. State Sen. Jeff Brandes said he wanted Ahern to consider dissolving the board so it would come under control of the Pinellas County Commission. The licensing board, created in 1973, regulates…

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Janet Long elected chair of Pinellas County Commission

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The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners elected a new chair and vice chair for 2017 on Tuesday. Janet Long was elected chair. Ken Welch will serve as vice chair. Both choices received a unanimous vote from the seven-member commission. The two will serve for a year. Their terms begin in January. Long is succeeding Commissioner Charlie Justice who served as chair for 2016. Welch will succeed Long, who is the current vice chair. “I’m truly honored and humbled to…

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