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St. Pete, Gulfport celebrate two cities, one street

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson will work together this Saturday to help clean up a street that’s common to both cities. After the cleanup, St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Holloway and Gulfport police Chief Rob Vincent will hold their own community event to discuss how the departments are collaborating on issues common to the 49th Street South corridor that both share. “This event brings residents from both great cities together to work collaboratively along the…

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It’s (virtually) official: Darryl Rouson has won the SD 19 Dem primary over Ed Narain

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With machine and manual recounts now finished in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, Darryl Rouson is the winner in the Democratic primary for Senate District 19. He defeated Ed Narain by a mere 66 votes (that’s what the Rouson campaign told us. The Florida Division of Elections website shows the difference to be 77 votes. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Rouson received 73 more votes than Narain). Rouson has been all but officially declared the victor. He now faces a general election foe…

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David Jolly makes surprise visit to Seminole City Council

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Mayor Leslie Waters said she and the rest of the Seminole City Council were caught by surprise when U. S. Rep. David Jolly dropped in during Tuesday’s meeting. Jolly, a Republican, was there to honor Waters and council member Thom Barnhorn, who received Home Rule Hero awards from the Florida League of Cities. Waters said the recognition was memorialized into the U.S. Congressional Record. The League recently recognized nearly 70 city officials with 2016 Home Rule Hero Awards. Those local…

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Host of Pinellas Democrats endorse Darryl Rouson in SD 19 race

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The Senate District 19 seat encompasses both Hillsborough and Pinellas County. Ed Narain and Betty Reed reside in Tampa, while Darryl Rouson is running for the seat from St. Petersburg, so it’s probably not a surprise that a number of St. Pete Democrats have announced their support for Rouson in the race. Pinellas County Commissioners Ken Welch,  Janet Long, and Charlie Justice are backing, as is St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, and the entire St. Pete City Council. “Rep. Darryl Rouson has been a skilled legislator and a…

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Sam Henderson re-elected Gulfport mayor

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Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson won another term Tuesday. He bested challenger Barbara Banno 59 to 41 percent. The two candidates have spent the past several months in a fierce battle to head the dais at Gulfport City Hall. Banno entered the race with a challenge to what emerged as a status quo attitude. She drew on residents’ frustrations with the August sewage dump into Clam Bayou and called for immediate action from the city of St. Petersburg to offer its assurance…

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Dan Liedtke wins re-election in Gulfport Ward 1

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By a margin of fewer than 100 votes, Gulfport City Council member Dan Liedtke barely won re-election to his Ward 1 seat against April Thanos. Liedtke has served on City Council for four years and worked as a business and information technology consultant for the last 20 years. He’s held jobs in both the private and public sector. Liedtke won with 2,201 votes, or just under 51 percent, compared to Thanos, who earned 2,140 votes, a little over 49 percent. Although…

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Election Day takeaways in Gulfport

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A lot goes on at polling places on Election Day. Candidate supporters gather to hand out literature. The candidates themselves bounce around from polling place to polling place hoping to nab some last minute votes and reach people who may have otherwise been missed throughout campaigning. But, outside of polling places, there’s another story to be told. Take a stroll through quiet Gulfport on Election Day and you may catch a glimpse of any number of things. I took my…

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