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South Pasadena holding commission candidate forum Wednesday

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Contenders for two South Pasadena City Commission seats will appear at a meet-the-candidates forum Wednesday. Moderated by the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, the event will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the commission chambers in South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive S. The forum will also be simulcast on the city’s cable channel 643. Dan Calabria, Gigi Esposito and David Magenheimer are running for a pair of open seats on the commission, the…

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Ballots mailed to military, overseas voters for municipal elections

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Pinellas County’s Supervisor of Elections Office mailed a total of 411 ballots to absent military and overseas voters Friday for the March 14 municipal elections. Ten municipalities are conducting elections March 14: cities of Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach and Madeira Beach, the towns of North Redington Beach and Redington Shores, and the cities of Safety Harbor, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, Tarpon Springs and Treasure Island (Districts 1 & 3 only). Absent military and overseas voters include all active-duty military, their…

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In nine Pinellas cities, some are re-elected, others face the voters next year

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Officials in 15 Pinellas cities are scheduled for a date with the ballot box in next March’s municipal elections. But, with qualifying closed in nine of those, some elected can relax because they have no opposition and are considered re-elected. Others weren’t so lucky. They’ll be facing the voters March 14. Here’s where the score card stands as of Friday. GULFPORT Two seats on the five-member council are up for grabs. In Ward 2, incumbent Christine Anne Brown is facing…

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Competitive bicyclist breaks bones after ‘vicious’ dog attack, blames owner

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An 83-year-old bicyclist sustained multiple broken bones last year after an unleashed dog chased him down and pulled him off his bike in South Pasadena. Charles Kleim is now suing the dog’s owner. On Oct. 14, 2015, Kleim — an accountant who was training as a competitive cyclist — was riding his bicycle through his neighborhood. While passing a home on South Shore Drive, Kleim faced what he called a “vicious” dog, which took off after the bike. Ultimately, the…

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Kathleen Peters demands state investigate condition of St. Pete’s sewer system

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Spurred on by St. Petersburg’s release Tuesday of partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay, state Rep. Kathleen Peters has called for a state investigation into the condition and capacity of the city’s sewer system. Peters, a Republican from South Pasadena, released this statement Thursday: “Over the past three years, the city of St. Petersburg has discharged significant amounts of partially treated sewage into the bays surrounding Pinellas County. Not only has St. Petersburg seen significant growth in population and new business, the…

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Pinellas property values jump nearly 8 percent

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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…

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Matt Florell: My role in giving the red light to South Pasadena’s red-light-cameras

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After a contentious Tuesday meeting, South Pasadena City Commissioners signaled the end of the last red-light-camera program in south Pinellas County. I am proud of my role in making that happen. About a week before voting 4 to 1 to end RLCs, the South Pasadena held a two-hour workshop, where city leaders hashed out many of the points brought up at the Feb. 9 meeting. At that meeting, David Mast, an account representative from RLC vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) brought Kevin…

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