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For all the shouting over access to alley recycling, an awful lot of folks are still bringing the blue bins to the curb

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Universal curbside recycling became universal ‘recycle where you put your trash’ last month, but not everyone has caught on. I was recently taking a stroll through Historic Kenwood and stumbled on a number of big blue bins used for the new-ish recycling in St. Pete. They were parked on the curb, where the city told them last July they should be put. But then the city changed that up after an uproar of citizens in places where trash is collected…

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Pie in the sky transit proposal: Gondolas in St. Pete

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St. Pete wants to move its people around St. Pete over the roads. Earlier this month the city submitted an application for a $40 million federal grant with its big-ticket item focused on Aerial Cable Propelled Transit. Or Gondolas. It’s an almost Jetsons-like vision invoking images of people floating along in bubbles. Though, in St. Pete’s vision they’re not floating, they’re being pulled along cables connected to intermittent posts. Plus it’s technology that already exists. Other countries use Gondolas as…

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Pinellas County MPO backs St. Pete bike share

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The Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization is backing St. Pete’s initiative to implement a bike share program in and around downtown. But they’re doing so with some caveats. In an update penned by MPO executive director Whit Blanton, the board spent an hour and a half hearing from St. Pete’s director of transportation Evan Mory, Coast Bike Share’s Eric Trull and a member of its own staff, Rodney Chatman about the plan. That also included a robust discussion among the…

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Blue Laws restricting Sunday booze may soon be lifted in Pinellas

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Super Bowl Sunday was this past weekend, one of the booziest of all Sundays. Yet, people hosting parties in Pinellas County couldn’t throw the beer in their grocery carts any earlier than 11 a.m. And all those tourists flooding the county’s beaches during the winter months (or any month, for that matter) can’t hit the Bloody Mary bar before 11 either. Why? Because Pinellas County abides by a set of regulations — known as Blue Laws — that allow counties…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Two Bay area judges; Jim Frishe

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Toast: Two judges, some murderers (unfortunately) and death penalty critics The death penalty doesn’t exist in Florida. At least not for now. And that’s a thing of beauty for the folks who don’t care for the policy much. Especially considering Florida is the second most murderous state in the nation in terms of capital punishment. Two judges, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Samantha Ward and Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Michael Andrews, found consensus that right now, Florida doesn’t have a death penalty. Last…

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First Pier Approach public workshop scheduled for same day as Presidential Preference Primary

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It’s been a while since much has happened in the Pier debacle. The inverted pyramid has been gone for months and design teams and the city are working behind the scenes to finalize details on the new Pier. Those designers are about to come out from behind the curtain. On March 15th, the team working on the Pier Approach – not the Pier itself – will meet with members of the public to discuss that portion of the project. The…

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Steve Kornell blasts bike share program on Facebook

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St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell is calling the Rick Kriseman administration “tone deaf.” For that matter, he’s calling anyone who supports spending city money on a proposed bike share program “tone deaf.” In a Facebook post Wednesday morning, Kornell linked to a story published by the Tampa Bay Times online Tuesday about the failures of a bike share program in Seattle, Washington. “It is tone deaf to think a bike share program for short term trips downtown is…

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