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Robert Blackmon to hold fundraiser tonight, last one before St. Pete District 6 primary

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This evening, Robert Blackmon holds his final fundraiser before the Aug. 29 St. Petersburg City Council primary.

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Rene Flowers, Frank Peterman endorse Corey Givens Jr. for St. Pete City Council

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Corey Givens Jr. has earned endorsements of two former St. Petersburg City Council members in his bid for District 6 on the St. Pete Council. Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers and former Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Rev. Frank Peterman are both backing Givens in his second run for public office. According to a statement released Thursday, Givens thanked Flowers for her support. Flowers defeated Givens in 2012 for the County School Board District 7…

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St. Pete City Council sets Al Lang Stadium Special Election for May 2

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On Thursday, St. Petersburg City Council voted to approve and set the Al Lang Stadium special election for Tuesday, May 2. This is another positive step in bringing Major League Soccer to St. Petersburg. The May 2 voting will allow residents of St. Petersburg to vote on giving City Council the authority to negotiate a long-term use agreement for Al Lang Stadium. The use agreement, which can’t exceed 25 years, would allow Al Lang Stadium’s primary purpose to be the home…

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Barclay Harless to kickoff St. Pete City Council bid with Jan. 31 fundraiser

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Barclay Harless is starting 2017 with a bang. The 31-year-old St. Petersburg banking executive, after launching a bid for City Council District 2 Monday, announced his first fundraiser for next week. The event is Tuesday, Jan. 31 and begins 5:30 p.m. at Ricky P’s, 11002 4th St. N in St. Petersburg. Harless is seeking the seat covering most of Northeast St. Petersburg now held by term-limited Jim Kennedy. He is the first candidate to announce in the race. “I want…

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St. Petersburg staff to present alternative uses for downtown TIF

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St. Petersburg city staff will present ideas on how to expand the use of Tax Incremental Funds downtown to relieve the city’s budgetary burden. City Council member Karl Nurse wants to see whether there’s a way to tap into the portion of property tax money set aside for projects within the downtown TIF district for projects not traditionally considered under the program. Particularly, Nurse is hoping to use the money for sewer infrastructure repairs. “Every time you build a block,…

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Skyway Marina District leaders want $5,000 for design plan development

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St. Pete City Council’s Public Services and Infrastructure committee will discuss a potential $5,000 grant to the Skyway Marina District for design plan development services next week. The board is expected to fast track a decision. Steve Kornell, whose City Council district includes Skyway Marina, brought the item before full council at its regular meeting Thursday. The small appropriation is intended to allow the Skyway Marina District board to hire a consultant to develop a design plan for the corridor.…

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Race week in St. Pete gets City Council’s green flag

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St. Pete City Council approves Race Week 2016 for the March 10-13 Grand Prix in downtown. Chris Ballestra, the city’s managing director of development coordination, touted the race as an “off the charts” opportunity for the city. “There’s a staggering economic impact,” Ballestra said noting the $40 million impact and $5 million in direct impact. “We don’t have anything that compares.” The event draws more than 1.5 million TV viewers across a number of stations worldwide. It will be broadcast…

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