Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Pinellas - page 2

PSTA, HART take steps to formal working partnership

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The two agencies responsible for bus service in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties already collaborate, but in the future, they plan to have a tighter working partnership. On Wednesday, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s legislative committee got its first look at a proposed agreement that could result in the merger of some departments. The general goal is to streamline services to save money and provide better service for transit riders, PSTA CEO Brad Miller said. The agreement sets out areas in…

Keep Reading

It’s dangerous to be a pedestrian in Pinellas County, traffic report says

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Pinellas County has the highest fatality rate for pedestrians involved in traffic crashes among urbanized Florida counties, according to an annual report of traffic crashes. The 2016 Traffic Crash Trends and Conditions Report was presented Wednesday to Forward Pinellas. It also showed Pinellas with a pedestrian fatality rate that was 80 percent higher than the national average over the five-year period from 2011-2015. When compared with Palm Beach, Orange, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Broward counties, Pinellas ranked No. 1 in pedestrian…

Keep Reading

Prices for Pinellas homes, condos went up in June, Realtors say

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The median price for a single family home in Pinellas was up 18.9 percent in June when compared to the same month last year. Figures released by the Pinellas Realtor Organization show the median price for a single family home in June was $220,000. That’s up from $185,000 in June, 2015. The amount is a new high when compared to figures from the past 12 months. Median prices during the June 2015 through May 2016 period ranged from a low…

Keep Reading

Ken Welch is “fairly optimistic” electric buses will be in St. Pete next year

in Uncategorized by

Members of the board that oversees Pinellas’ bus system are split when it comes to deciding what kind of buses to buy. Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority CEO Brad Miller has proposed buying five new buses to replace worn out buses in the system’s fleet. The five buses would be the first of 70 buses the PSTA plans to buy over the next five years. Under Miller’s proposal, the five new buses would be diesel unless funding is found to install…

Keep Reading

Pinellas property values jump nearly 8 percent

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Property values across Pinellas County went up by about 7.7 percent, according to Property Appraiser Pam Dubov. The figures are estimates; final numbers are due July 1. The estimates are necessary because they are the numbers that county and city officials use when starting to build their budgets. Estimates are necessary because they are the numbers that county and city officials use when starting to build their budgets. While the County saw a 7.7 percent increase overall in the taxable…

Keep Reading

Draft changes to Pinellas charter ready to go before public

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

After almost a year’s work, members of a volunteer group tasked with proposing changes to Pinellas’ charter are ready to take their suggestions to the public. They’ve scheduled two hearings to give residents a chance to comment. The hearings are one of the last steps before the six proposed changes are put on the November ballot so voters can decide whether to adopt them. The county charter acts like a constitution, providing the framework under which Pinellas is governed. The…

Keep Reading

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council may take on poverty as a regional issue

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

A six-county agency has taken the first step to trying a different approach to help needy Tampa Bay neighborhoods. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council unanimously voted Monday to have staff members discuss strategies with a representative of the Rutgers University Business School and its Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. It is unclear when officials are expected to come back to the council with a report or recommendations. “It’s exciting,” said former Pinellas County Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd.…

Keep Reading

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top