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Mike Deeson: If I were king — I would end The Pier project immediately

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Although there has been some kind of Pier project in downtown St. Pete since the late 1800s, the city has changed, and the Pier is not needed. When I first moved to Tampa Bay 35 years ago, downtown was anything but vibrant. The Vinoy, now a crown jewel, was closed, full of broken windows and in search of a developer. Young people didn’t seek downtown as a destination. The only things the drew people was Spring Training and the inverted…

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Uber tips for safe New Year’s Eve

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Planning on being a responsible little partyer this New Year’s Eve? Uber has some tips for making sure your safe ride home goes as smoothly as possible. First of all, New Year’s Eve is probably the busiest night of the year for taxi companies and Uber. The busiest times, Uber estimates, are earlier in the evening as people are catching rides to their destination between about 8 and 10 p.m. Traffic really picks up between 12:30 and about 3 a.m.…

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Direct mail round-up: Flyer says Augie Ribeiro not a true Democrat, has no Florida law license

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Listen to Augie Ribeiro talk, hear his ads or read his campaign literature and two themes stand out: Ribeiro is an attorney who fights for the little guy and he’s the only “true Democrat” in the race for state Senate District 19. But a flyer that landed in Democratic mailboxes Monday — the first day of early voting in Pinellas — tells voters just to hold on. Ribeiro, it says, is not only not a true Democrat, he wasn’t even…

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Activists take crusade for electric buses to Pinellas County commissioners

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Members of the board that oversees public transportation in Pinellas agreed last week to buy two electric buses for a pilot program, if the county commission decides to purchase a charging station for the vehicles. Now activists who once targeted the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority have set their sights on Pinellas County commissioners. The immediate goal: Convince commissioners to agree to spend about $590,000 of the $7.1 million it received from the BP oil spill settlement for the charging station. The…

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St. Pete drinking water is safe, tests confirm

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Results of the city’s latest water quality testing reaffirm that St. Pete’s water is safe, and lead levels are well within federal regulatory requirements. In accordance with Environmental Protection Agency requirements, the city’s Water Resources department conducts water quality testing every three years. Five or more samples of the 50 samples tested (90th percentile) cannot exceed the action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). The last tests, done in 2014, showed only one sample exceeded the action level. Water…

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Liv233 Townhomes coming to downtown St. Pete

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Another new townhome development will soon pop up on Fourth Avenue North. Liv233 is a three-unit luxury living complex boasting four stories including private garages and a rooftop terrace. There’s no word on when the building is expected to break ground or open, but floor plans are now available on the builder’s website. It shows three identical units advertised as three bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The first floor consists of a den and laundry room as well as a full…

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Not going to the Grand Prix? Here’s some other stuff to do in St. Pete

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Tens of thousands of St Pete residents and out of towners will flock to downtown St. Pete this week for the St Petersburg Firestone Grand Prix. But for those who aren’t up for paying big bucks to watch fast cars and hear loud noises, there’s plenty else happening around town this weekend. The SunLit Festival continues this weekend with several events. The 35th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is happening Friday through Sunday at the Coliseum in downtown. The event…

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