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Report: Sewage spill at St. Pete’s Soutwest plant

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St. Petersburg officials are dealing with another sewage spill, this one coming just a day after Mayor Rick Kriseman touted improvements at the Southwest sewage plant near Eckerd College. The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday that the same plant experienced a sewage spill Wednesday night after heavy rains increased flow to the plant. About 50,000 gallons spilled, and the Tampa Bay Times reported the spill happened because part of the plant’s treatment capacity was out of service because of the…

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Billionaire developer of prime St. Pete real estate donates $23K to Rick Kriseman

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The candidates running for St. Petersburg mayor faced a Monday deadline for filing reports showing campaign-finance activity through June 30. Bill As first reported on SPB, Rick Baker raised more than $300,000 in June for his bid to unseat incumbent Rick Kriseman. That is a staggering amount for a St. Pete municipal race.

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St. Pete City Council to take up costly wastewater fix

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This week, the St. Petersburg City Council will take up one of the city’s most pressing issues — fixing its aging sewage and storm drainage system. Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hermine exposed a host of complications in how the city handles wastewater, leading to nearly 200 million gallons of sewage being dumped into Bay area waterways in 2016.

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St. Pete retirement communities decry ‘unlawful’ property appraisal, seek tax refunds

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Three St. Petersburg retirement communities are accusing the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s office of “unlawfully” calculating of property values, leading to overpayment of thousands of dollars on its 2016 tax bill. In separate lawsuits, owners of the three properties are suing Mike Twitty, as Pinellas County Property Appraiser; tax collector Charles W. Thomas and Leon M. Biegalski, who serves as executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue. The suits, filed June 19 and 20 in Pinellas County Circuit Court,…

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Rick Kriseman: As a father, an obligation to support climate action

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Like Dads across the country, this Father’s Day I’m looking forward to receiving some special attention from my two kids. But I’ll also be reflecting on my obligation as a father to protect my children from growing threats like climate change. We don’t have the luxury of being in denial here in Florida, where rising sea levels are already imperiling coastal property and infrastructure. To turn a blind eye to escalating climate impacts is to say to our kids and…

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Sundial launches Friday Night Summer Music Series

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Sundial, downtown St. Petersburg’s high-profile retail, dining and entertainment center, will offer guests a special treat all summer, with its Friday Night Summer Music Series which begins this Friday. Each Friday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. artists will entertain shoppers, happy-hour enthusiasts, and diners. The series showcases some of the best local talents in the Tampa Bay region, with a different musical experience each week. Acts include DJs, singer-songwriters, folk artists and jazz ensembles. For updates and a schedule,…

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St. Pete to hold 2018 budget open house next week

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St. Petersburg city officials are holding an open house next week, giving residents a chance to provide input and learn more about the 2017-18 budget process. The budget open house is Monday, June 19, starting 6 p.m. at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N in St. Petersburg. For the first hour, residents are invited to ask questions and share ideas with Mayor Rick Kriseman, City Council members and administrators. During that time, staff from City Development, Public Safety, Neighborhood Affairs,…

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