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St. Pete searching for firm to develop Tropicana Field site plans – with a stadium

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St. Pete is now officially looking for a firm to develop a master plan for the Tropicana Field site. The City released a Request for Qualifications Tuesday with emphasis on creating a plan that includes a new baseball stadium. “It is the goal of the City, through this planning process, to show the assets and potential of the site to the Rays and to articulate the economic development and job creating strength of this development,” the request reads. City Council…

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St. Petersburg hires full-time community intervention director

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Expressing outrage and concern over a rash of shootings that left seven dead in the closing weeks of 2015, St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman vowed to spend $1 million combating gun violence — particularly in the mostly poor Midtown and South St. Pete neighborhoods. Kriseman took the first step in making good on that promise this week by hiring a community intervention director. During a speech at the Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum last month, Kriseman announced a position…

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Rick Kriseman delivers not-so-subtle blow to St. Pete’s other Rick, former Mayor Baker

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman took a jab at one of his predecessors during a recent interview on the SPF 15 podcast. “I served on City Council from 2000 to 2006 and that was kind of a period of time that was described as … our first real Renaissance,” Kriseman said. He was asked how the city is “managing this growth in a considerate manner.” Kriseman’s answer in a nutshell: We weren’t, but now we are. The dig is directed…

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Rick Kriseman ties new commercial flights out of downtown to first flight 102 years ago

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman released a video Friday showing his recent flight from downtown St. Pete to Fort Lauderdale on a new commercial flight now available out of Albert Whitted airport. “Today we have the pleasure of flying from Albert Whitted down to Fort Lauderdale on a 9-passenger plane. Very easy flight. Very Comfortable,” Kriseman said of the February 1st flight. “Being able to take off from Albert Whitted is really something that I always wanted to see happen.”…

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Toast to the Bay, Dump into the Bay: Karl Nurse and Sam Henderson

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Toast: Karl Nurse’s environmental gusto As a lame duck City Council person, Karl Nurse has proven himself quite feisty. During a day chock full of legislative process, Nurse seized an opportunity to nail home a message he’s made no secret of – saving the environment. Thursday included for St. Pete City Council a full day of committee meetings, regular agendas, Community Redevelopment Area sessions and public hearings. And in the middle of it all, Nurse jumped on an admiral speaking…

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Two businesses chosen to create 65 jobs in Midtown

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Mayor Rick Kriseman has selected two companies to expand business operations in the Commerce Park area of North Midtown near 22nd Street South. The two companies, EMP Industries and Euro Cycles, are expected to bring 65 new jobs to the area. The addition also satisfies federal job creation criteria for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The area where the businesses will operate are also part of the newly formed Southside Community Redevelopment Area. “The Commerce Park has been…

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B2 Communications expands with three new hires

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A St. Pete-based public relations firm is expanding its operations in the area. B2 Communications recently hired Diane Jones, a 20-year PR veteran in the Tampa Bay area. Jones most recently ran her own firm, DJ Public Relations, for eight years. Her company worked with high-profile clients including the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, Pasco County Utilities, Tampa Bay Water, Visit Citrus and Independent Financial Services. She also served as public communications manager for Pasco County for four years…

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