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Pinellas slated for extra money to fight Zika

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Pinellas County Mosquito Control will receive a bit more than $106,000 in supplemental state funds for the month of August to combat the spread of the Zika virus. The funds are part of Gov. Rick Scott’s executive order that allocated $26.2 million in state funds for Zika preparedness, prevention and response in Florida. Each month, the risk across the state will be re-evaluated and funds may be reallocated. The funding award comes as Pinellas County Mosquito Control continues to aggressively…

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Norm Roche asks judge to overturn her decision in ‘un-hiring’ lawsuit

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Former Pinellas Commissioner Norm Roche has asked a judge to reconsider her decision that the county did not violate the state public records law. Roche contended Pinellas officials had failed to give him documents and other records concerning his termination from county employment before his first day of work. Earlier this month, Circuit Judge Cynthia Newton disagreed, saying Roche had “failed to meet the burden of establishing evidence that there were un-produced responsive documents within [the county’s] control.” In his…

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Pinellas County chooses new assistant county administrator

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Pinellas County has hired a new assistant county administrator, Bill Breckinridge, a U.S. Navy veteran and engineering professional with 20 years of experience, ranging from public works to environmental management. Breckinridge, who started work Monday, will oversee the following county departments: the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport, public works, and solid waste and utilities. He replaces Pick Talley, who held the position on an interim basis since last year and previously served Pinellas County for nearly two decades leading up to retirement.…

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Multi-million dollar Gateway Express project gets the go ahead

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Pinellas County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to sign an agreement with the state Department of Transportation for a project designed to improve transportation in the Gateway area. “It’s going to greatly improve transportation in mid-county,” Commissioner Karen Seel said. “Hooray.” Commissioner Dave Eggers agreed, saying, “This is truly an exciting day.” Seel “enthusiastically” made the motion to accept the deal. The Gateway Expressway has been under development for 15 to 20 years, officials said. Construction is expected to cost about…

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High-speed ferry between St. Petersburg and Tampa is a go

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With a 5 to 1 vote, Pinellas County on Tuesday became the fourth governmental body to collaborate on the launching of a high-speed ferry between Tampa and St. Petersburg. The vote cements a deal among St. Petersburg, Tampa and Hillsborough County to link the two counties by a high-speed ferry. The lone holdout was Commissioner Dave Eggers who has opposed the proposal from the beginning. Among Eggers’ objections are a lack of market research on the viability of the project…

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Former Pinellas commissioner Norm Roche loses Round 1 of lawsuit

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Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Newton has denied a plea that Pinellas County turn over public records to former Commissioner Norm Roche. Newton said in her order, filed Monday, that state law requires governments and other public agencies to make records available. However, she wrote, Roche failed to produce proof that such records exist. Roche, she said, testified that “based on common sense and conventional wisdom, he believed that additional documents … existed.” The county, she said, “clearly refuted all of…

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USF researchers say they found dangerous bacteria after sewage spill

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A September 2014 sewer line break in unincorporated Pinellas County caused untreated wastewater to flow into a St. Petersburg neighborhood and Boca Ciega Bay at a rate of 250 to 500 gallons a minute. Now, researchers from the University of South Florida investigating the aftermath of the break have found dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the untreated wastewater that had gushed into both neighborhoods and Boca Ciega Bay. Their findings, just published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology and announced in a…

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