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Back-in parking coming soon to St. Petersburg

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In about a month downtown St. Petersburg will have about 30 new parking spaces. Some of them will be a little different than what people are used to in the area. Instead of carefully maneuvering into parallel parking spots or easily gliding into angled spaces, motorists will back into the newly planned reverse-angle parking. Now when motorists are lucky enough to find a spot along Central Avenue, they park in an angled spot going in the same direction as their…

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If you live on an alley and want to recycle, read this

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After a long and hard-fought battle, residents in traditional St. Pete neighborhoods will finally have their recycling picked up from the alley, not the curb. Beginning Monday residents whose trash is collected in an alley will have their blue recycling containers collected from that same location. To get ready, the city mailed out information packets to residents with specific instructions on where to place the blue bins on pickup day. Residents with alley pickup should place the rolling recycling bins…

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Expect Pinellas Trail closings in Tyrone area

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A portion of the Pinellas Trail between 13th Avenue North and 22nd Avenue North will be closed through Jan. 29. Other sections will close other sections will be closed as well throughout this month as part of a 2-mile improvement project. Areas from 22nd Avenue North to Tyrone Boulevard and then from Tyrone Boulevard to 76th Street will also close as crews complete improvements. The sections will reopen as work is completed. The county has not listed how long each…

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Facing foreclosure, Mosley Motel hit with more fines by St. Pete

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The St. Petersburg Nuisance Abatement Board voted to levy additional fines to the long crime-plagued Mosley Motel after owners failed to make improvements agreed upon as part of a previously approved turnaround plan for the property. Under the latest vote taken Wednesday afternoon, Mosley will have to pay $100 a day beginning Dec. 8th and ongoing until the property is in compliance. As of the vote that amounts to $3,600. But the issue isn’t all that cut and dry. The…

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Key to the city is Mayor’s discretion

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Baltimore Reverend Jamal Bryant’s name has been making headlines in St. Pete. The controversial African-American religious leader is slated to be the keynote speaker at the 30th annual MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast. What makes his attendance controversial are his incendiary remarks toward the LGBT community in which he has compared being gay to having a gambling or drug addiction. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman declined to award Bryant a symbolic key to the city. At an appearance at Suncoast Tiger…

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St. Pete looks to replace racist mural 50-years gone with culturally significant art

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The city of St. Pete is budgeting $10,000 for a mural that would cover the long blank wall on the left landing of the main stairs in City Hall. The wall was once shrouded in a racist mural created in the 1940’s after City Hall was erected in 1939 using New Deal funds. In an act of civil disobedience, a young African-American activist named Joe Waller tore the mural down in 1966 after the city refused multiple attempts to remove…

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Rick Kriseman pledges $1 million for immediate South St. Pete improvements

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman vowed to find $1 million in the city’s current budget to provide immediate change for poor neighborhoods in South St. Pete. During a speech at the Sunday Best Dinner at the Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum in Midtown, Kriseman said he has directed city staff to carve out the money in order to implement four key areas of improvement. “While we have many plans in place that are designed to make long-term generational change,…

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