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St. Pete Beach resident sues over city approval of new TradeWinds Sugar Sands Resort

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The TradeWinds Resort may have hit another snag in its proposed 116-foot tall, 12-story complex on the former Coral Reef Hotel site in St. Pete Beach. A former candidate for the St. Pete Beach City Commissioner is suing the city to block the development, claiming the building is too tall for the neighborhood, and the OK violates an earlier agreement that limits the height of any new construction. In 2014, TradeWinds — which owns three beachfront hotels — paid $9.5-million…

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Jeff Brandes goes mobile; to hold mobile office hours Monday

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes is going mobile. The St. Petersburg Republican announced Friday he will be holding mobile office hours Monday in St. Pete Beach and St. Petersburg. In a statement, Brandes says his mobile office hours will allow constituents an extra opportunity to meet with him and discuss issues in the community. Brandes’ mobile office hours are open to the public; no appointment is necessary. Monday, Feb. 27 TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Regatta Room, University Student Center…

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Tripadvisor: St. Pete Beach third best beach in U.S., Florida has 7 of top 10

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Seven of the top 10 beaches ranked as the best in the nation by a travel-ratings website are in Florida. TripAdvisor said Wednesday in a news release that the sand at Siesta Key outside Sarasota was the best-rated beach in the nation. Other Gulf Coast beaches weren’t far behind. St. Pete Beach was number 3, followed by Clearwater Beach and Panama City Beach. Hollywood’s beach in South Florida was ranked sixth, followed by Pensacola Beach and St. Augustine Beach near…

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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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Pinellas Realtors recommend Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach candidates

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The Pinellas Realtor Organization has issued recommendations in three upcoming elections. In Safety Harbor, the group recommends Joe Ayoub for mayor and Damon Lister for Seat 1 on the City Commission. In St. Pete Beach, Realtors recommend Alan Johnson for mayor. The member-only candidate screening committee reviewed questionnaires and interviewed candidates before making recommendations. The group says that there are thoughtful, qualified candidates running, but each race had a candidate stand out for overall commitment to the community, understanding of economic issues,…

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Steve McFarlin: St. Pete Beach pays, but ‘rampant litigation’ far from over

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The City of St. Pete Beach recently paid nearly $500,000 to settle one of many lawsuits brought by Ken Weiss and Tim Weber in their quest to halt development on the barrier island. City officials believed the payout would finally help put an end to the rampant litigation that has plagued St. Pete Beach for nearly a decade. There’s one problem – even after the payment, the lawsuit is far from settled. The city’s attorney did not obtain a judge’s…

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Kathleen Peters asks state for millions to help solve sewage problems in St. Pete, St. Pete Beach

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State Rep. Kathleen Peters filed two bills Wednesday aimed at helping pay for sewer improvements in St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach. Peters, a Republican from Treasure Island, asked for $5.5 million in state funding. Of that, $3 million in state funding would be earmarked for St. Petersburg to smoke test sewer pipes for leaks, install and seal manholes, among other work. The remaining $2.5 million would go to St. Pete Beach for the engineering, construction and permitting of the…

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