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More judges needed for Pinellas, Pasco says Sixth Circuit Chief Judge

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Judges are needed in Pasco and Pinellas counties, says 6th Judicial Circuit Judge J. Thomas McGrady. The Pinellas-Pasco Chief Judge is calling for more magistrates to adequately serve the region, reports LobbyTools. The 6th Judicial Circuit is the third-largest in Florida. “We can build additional courtrooms but nothing’s going to happen unless we have more judges to oversee them,” McGrady told the meeting of the Hillsborough County Commission. “We haven’t had a new judge in 10 years. Get the (state)…

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Finite jest — OR — the 40 seconds it took to approve Janet Long’s three-year term to the PSTA Board

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Pinellas County Commission. The afternoon portion of the meeting’s nearly finished. All the hairy issues have been put to bed. Very soon there will be a break. Thank God. “Agenda item 33 is my appointment to the PSTA Board,” says Commission Chairman John Morroni. He’s wearing a gray suit and tie with a light blue shirt. Gray suits are nice. You can look like James Bond in a gray suit. You can look like Pee-wee Herman too. “I’d like to…

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Pinellas County adds to two infrastructure improvement funds

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A pair of improvement projects of Pinellas County’s Department of Engineering and Technical Support  — one for the Pinellas Trail and the other for stormwater pipe fixes — just got a nice financial boost. County commissioners, at their first regular meeting of September, approved a change order to a contract with Layne Inliner, LLC for stormwater pipeline repairs throughout unincorporated Pinellas. The adjustment adds an extra $468,000 to the county’s approved expenditure amount for the project, which now rings in…

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Gulf Coast scallop season’s here

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Regulations and harvest areas have been set for the Florida Gulf Coast’s June 27 to Sept. 24 bay scallop season. Two gallons of whole bay scallops in their shell, or one pint of bay scallop meat per person is permitted for harvesting throughout the Gulf Coast’s four open harvest zones: St. Joseph Bay, St. Marks, Steinhatchee, and Homosassa. Collectively, these four harvest zones connect and run up from the Pasco-Hernando County line, just north of Tampa, to the west bank…

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Helen Gordon Davis, an early victim of racial gerrymandering in Florida

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The obituaries for Helen Gordon Davis correctly recounted what one called her “trailblazing” career in the Florida Legislature, where in 1974 she became one of very few women – the first from Hillsborough County – in what a colleague famously called “the land of the Bubbas.” She weathered the sexism and condescension and compiled a luminous record in what some refer to wistfully as the “Golden Age” of Florida politics. What the tributes didn’t mention, after her death May 18,…

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In Florida House District 45 race, flier recycles old tactic

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Jodie Tillman reports: Back in 2007, a political group called the Committee to Protect Florida hammered a state Senate candidate named Richard Corcoran. In its arsenal was a mailer that accused Corcoran of making false allegations about an opponent in a previous race. The mailer showed an image of a flashing police beacon along with a warning: “BEWARE! Richard Corcoran is back in the area looking to buy a seat in the Senate.” Corcoran dropped out of the race, citing…

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Late-night update: Injunction against Deveron Gibbons withdrawn by girlfriend

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Word coming out of the Pinellas Courthouse is that Deveron Gibbons’ girlfriend Rita Wesley has successfully petitioned to have the temporary restraining order against Gibbons withdrawn. Wesley’s actions now leave a lot of questions unanswered, such as did Deveron really try to run her over..is she still pregnant…why did she decide to have the restraining order lifted? As much as Deveron will suggest otherwise, the damage to his reputation is already done.  This incident certainly didn’t bolster his already fledgling…

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