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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 8 – Phoebe Jonchuck

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top 10 most memorable happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 8 – Phoebe Jonchuck Barely a week into 2015, the city was shaken by one of its most tragic and emotional headlines. A 5-year-old girl was thrown from the Dick Misener…

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New Tampa Bay Rays deal not likely to look like old one

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is planning a series of sit-downs with individual City Council members in hopes of earning support for a new deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to let the team search for new stadium sites outside of St. Pete. The move is not surprising. While Kriseman and his staff had no comment on the issue, it’s likely they’ve been counting the days until January. This weekend, two new council members will be sworn in. One of…

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St. Pete City Council takes first step in adopting civil citation program for marijuana offenders

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A St. Pete City Council committee unanimously approved taking a closer look at implementing a civil citation program for adult marijuana offenders. The ordinance would likely apply to individuals over the age of 18 caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana. State legislation already provides a similar provision for juveniles. Instead of being charged with a misdemeanor, the offenders would be given a citation. For those who couldn’t afford the ticket, a community service option would also likely be…

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Darden Rice nominated 2016 PSTA board chair

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In what turned out to be a very close vote, St. Pete City Council member Darden Rice was voted 2016 chair of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority board Wednesday. Rice squeaked by Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward-Bujalski seven votes to six. “I’m tremendously honored,” Rice said of the nomination. “Leadership is so important now.” Bujalski’s defeat in the vote to succeed Clearwater City Council member Bill Jonson to head the board may have stemmed from a controversial motion she made earlier this…

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Sylvia’s of Harlem faces eviction

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The Midtown Restaurant Sylvia’s of Harlem may be getting evicted from its newly renovated home in the area’s historic Manhattan Casino. The restaurant owes the city more than $60,000 in things like rent, late fees and bounced payments. The city’s legal department mailed notice to Sylvia’s this week demanding payment in full of the amount owed. To remain in compliance with the city, Sylvia’s must pay up by the 29th of this month. If they fail to do so, the…

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St. Pete City Council approves seed money for ferry service

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St. Pete City Council members approved $350,000 for ferry service that would connect downtown St. Pete to Tampa. The funding comes from money the city was awarded as part of the BP oil spill settlement. The move comes as Council members continue to hold off on allocating larger funding proposals from the $6.5 pot. The funding is contingent on funding from other sources including Pinellas County, the state and Tampa. The ferry would run as a five-month pilot during winter months…

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St. Pete’s Acheson-Mackey Home gets local historic designation

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The St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved an ordinance providing local historic designation of a home located at 3900 9th Street North known as the Acheson-Mackey Home. Allendale Terrace creator Cade B. Allen built the stone residence in 1931. The home stands today as Allen’s most defining work. Real estate developer Nick Ekonomou now owns the home. He had initially been opposed to local historic designation. Instead the Allendale Crime Watch Association filed a third party application to designate the home…

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