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Early ballots for St. Pete’s municipal races mailed out by elections supervisor

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The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections has mailed out the first ballots for St. Petersburg’s August primary to about 1,000 absentee service members and overseas voters. The ballots for the August 29 municipal primary are heading out to all active-duty members of the military, as well as their family who are with them overseas. The first wave of ballots will be followed by mass mailing of about 64,000 ballots to St. Pete residents on July 25.

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Rick Baker widens fundraising lead over Rick Kriseman

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Rick Baker added nearly $100,000 over the last two weeks to his already stuffed campaign coffers, significantly widening his campaign’s financial advantage over incumbent Rick Kriseman. Candidates for St. Petersburg Mayor and City Council faced a July 15 deadline for filing reports showing finance activity from June 24 through July 7. Baker’s report showed that he raised $98,100 in that period. Kriseman raised just $14,175.

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Fire fighters endorse Rick Baker for mayor

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Rick Baker has received a key endorsement in his mayoral bid. The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 747 announced Friday it was throwing its support behind Baker in the St. Petersburg mayoral election. In a statement announcing the endorsement, Rick Pauley, the president of the St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters, said the former two-term mayor has “demonstrated his support for public safety” by supporting issues important to fire fighters in the past.

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Report: Sewage spill at St. Pete’s Soutwest plant

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St. Petersburg officials are dealing with another sewage spill, this one coming just a day after Mayor Rick Kriseman touted improvements at the Southwest sewage plant near Eckerd College. The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that the same plant experienced a sewage spill Wednesday night after heavy rains increased flow to the plant. About 50,000 gallons spilled, and the Tampa Bay Times reported the spill happened because part of the plant’s treatment capacity was out of service because of the…

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Billionaire developer of prime St. Pete real estate donates $23K to Rick Kriseman

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The candidates running for St. Petersburg mayor faced a Monday deadline for filing reports showing campaign-finance activity through June 30. Bill As first reported on SPB, Rick Baker raised more than $300,000 in June for his bid to unseat incumbent Rick Kriseman. That is a staggering amount for a St. Pete municipal race.

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Urban Land Institute’s report advises St. Pete how to tackle climate change

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A nonprofit research organization is working with St. Petersburg officials on ways for the city to prepare for the effects of climate change. Among the recommendations put forth in “Realizing Resiliency,” a new report published Monday by the Tampa Bay chapter of the Urban Land Institute: The city should create a cabinet-level Chief of Resilience Officer, implement a resiliency and sustainability action plan, and target vulnerable infrastructure and buildings that could benefit from emergency preparedness.

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Is Rick Kriseman’s campaign wasting tens of thousands of dollars on TV ads to nonresidents?

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Rick Kriseman‘s campaign has spent more than $46,000 on television ads directed to households located outside of St. Petersburg city limits. According to a review of cable company Spectrum’s “public inspection file,” Kriseman’s campaign and the Florida Democratic Party have spent $46,974 on ads broadcast on two Pinellas County-centric zones that do not include portions of St. Pete.

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