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St. Pete gets Army Corps of Engineers OK to build new Pier

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St. Petersburg has finally received the official OK to rebuild the Pier. This city received a permit Wednesday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the last step to clearing the way for construction on the new Pier. “The ‘New St. Pete Pier’ will be a dynamic extension of our iconic waterfront park system, and is sure to be enjoyed by residents and visitors from throughout the world for generations to come,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said in a…

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St. Pete to provide free grocery shuttle from Midtown to nearby Wal-Mart starting May 13

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To address food insecurity in South St. Petersburg, the city will start offering free transportation from Midtown’s Tangerine Plaza to the nearest Wal-Mart supercenter at Central Plaza. In February, Wal-Mart closed its Tangerine Plaza Neighborhood Market, one of the few major grocery stores servicing Midtown. The city will offer the free 13-week Midtown Grocery Pilot Program beginning Saturday, May 13 and continue Saturdays in May, June, July and August. A mini-shuttle bus will transport up to 25 passengers from Tangerine…

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Rick Kriseman needs to respond forcefully to Rick Baker’s Trumpian ‘St. Petersburg carnage’

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It’s been seven years since Rick Baker exited City Hall as its most powerful, successful mayor. Hardly a day has gone by that someone — perhaps this site more so than anywhere else — has wondered whether he’d have to, like Cincinnatus, come in from the fields to save the city he loves. Today, St. Petersburg received Baker’s response, as he forcefully declared that he would challenge Rick Kriseman in what wrestling promoters would call a loser-leaves-town match. Before I analyze…

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Mike Deeson: If I were king — I would end The Pier project immediately

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Although there has been some kind of Pier project in downtown St. Pete since the late 1800s, the city has changed, and the Pier is not needed. When I first moved to Tampa Bay 35 years ago, downtown was anything but vibrant. The Vinoy, now a crown jewel, was closed, full of broken windows and in search of a developer. Young people didn’t seek downtown as a destination. The only things the drew people was Spring Training and the inverted…

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Charlie Crist to be ‘carved up’ at Suncoast Tiger Bay After Hours April 20

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Suncoast Tiger Bay Club often likes to “carve up” politicians for lunch. Next week, they will have one for dinner, too. Congressman Charlie Crist is the special guest for the Club’s “Tiger Bay After Hours” event Thursday, April 20. The St. Petersburg Democrat will appear at a special evening meeting, which begins 6:30 p.m. at The Hangar Restaurant at the city’s waterfront Albert Whitted Airport downtown. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. Sponsorship opportunities are available. As seating…

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Tampa Bay Rowdies MLS chances improve as St. Louis rejects soccer stadium plan

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Chances St. Petersburg will get a Major League Soccer expansion franchise improved Tuesday after voters in St. Louis rejected a proposal to use public money for a new soccer stadium. For a city that just lost the NFL Rams, St. Louis residents could just not justify spending $60 million for a new stadium. The stadium plan lost by 3,000 votes, 47 to 53 percent. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MLS commissioner Don Garber said he was “’confident’ St. Louis…

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Deadline to register for St. Pete referendum on Rowdies, Al Lang lease approaches

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St. Petersburg voters wanting a say on extending the Tampa Bay Rowdies lease on Al Lang field should be aware that time is running short to register for the citywide referendum May 2. Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark is reminding St. Petersburg residents of a deadline Monday, April 3, to register to vote in the St. Petersburg Special Election Referendum set for May 2. New voters will need to register by the deadline to take part in Referendum.…

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