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Bill Dudley running for Pinellas School Board to offer fresh set of eyes

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Former St. Pete City Council member Bill Dudley is running for Pinellas County School Board. Dudley is the third candidate to enter the race to replace three-term board member Janet Clark. Clark has not filed for re-election yet, but said she plans to. Dudley joins retired Gulfport Elementary teacher Joanne Lentino and SPC adjunct professor Matthew Stewart in the race. “I’ve been an educator all my professional life,” Dudley said of his decision to run. “The only time I haven’t…

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Seattle’s bike share failure an unfair comparison with St. Pete’s plans

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The Tampa Bay Times is drawing attention to a possible hang-up for bike share aspirations in St. Pete: Seattle’s program is saddled with debt. That’s a scary prospect, indeed. But the article is, at best, making a mountain out of a molehill and, at worst, entirely irrelevant. Let’s first look at the mountain-out-of-a-molehill scenario. Seattle, huh? Short of Hawaii or Alaska, you can’t get any farther from the Sunshine City than that. What about Tampa where the program is a…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Gulfport incumbents and Uhuru

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Toast to the Bay: Gulfport incumbents  Candidates for the Gulfport municipal election March 15 got one chance to debate in front of voters ahead of the election next month. As such, performance was key. Two incumbents are facing challengers, Mayor Sam Henderson and Council member Dan Liedtke. Barbara Banno and April Thanos are running to unseat them. As challengers, the two have a heavier burden in wooing voters. Both failed to do that last night. As we wrote following the…

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Tropic Ocean kicks off flight service from downtown St. Pete to Fort Lauderdale

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A new flight service out of downtown St. Pete could be a useful tool in attracting new businesses. The first flight from Albert Whitted Airport to Fort Lauderdale took off from downtown St. Pete on  Monday morning.  St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce were on board to try it out. Photos show an amphibious Cessna parked at Albert Whitted Airport ready for takeoff. The interior, a small but spacious cabin seating…

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ICYMI: Rick Kriseman delivers new St. Pete Pier update

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This year isn’t expected to be a very exciting one for St. Pete’s new Pier. That’s according to Mayor Rick Kriseman, who, in a video released Friday, thanked residents and visitors for their patience while plans continue to unfold. He described a process for 2016 full of red tape and behind the scenes bore that will likely leave residents wondering what in the world is going on. The inverted pyramid is razed and from an onlooker’s perspective, not much is…

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Toast of the Bay/Dump into the Bay: St. Pete Chamber and Bike Share

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Toast to the Bay: St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce The St. Pete Chamber this week celebrated a fruitful 2015 at the Mahaffey Theater in downtown St. Pete among more than 1,000 members. The backdrop was a theater thriving in a booming downtown. All things that make the Chamber and its president, Chris Steinocher, very, very happy. The group welcomed 333 new members in 2015, a record-breaking year for them. Steinocher participated in 42 ribbon cuttings representing 42 new businesses…

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Bradenton engineer to run St. Pete’s public works

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Claude Tankersley will replace former St. Petersburg Public Works Administrator Mike Connors. Tankersley comes to the city from Bradenton where he worked in a similar capacity as Public Works director. He’ll begin mid-February and take over for Tom Gibson who has been interim head of public works since Connor’s departure in late August. “I am incredibly pleased to have Claude join our team in the Sunshine City and provide our Public Works Administration with new leadership and direction,” Mayor Rick…

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