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St. Pete council clears way for western and wildlife art museum

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St. Petersburg council members unanimously voted Thursday to lease parking spaces in the South Core Garage so the proceeds could be used to financially support a proposed western and wildlife art museum. “This is truly a goosebumps moment for St. Petersburg,” city council member Ed Montanari said. “This is one of the easiest votes I’ve had since being on council,” Steve Kornell said. “We’re very excited and very honored.” The museum is the brainchild of Tom James, executive chairman of…

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St. Petersburg looks to ‘quickly pass’ anti-fracking ordinance

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Three St. Petersburg lawmakers stood with Environment Florida and others Thursday to oppose fracking during a news conference on the steps of City Hall. The event, attended by City Council members Steve Kornell, Darden Rice and Karl Nurse, also served to call attention to an upcoming ordinance designed to ban fracking and the storage of fracking wastewater within the St. Petersburg city limits. Kornell, one of the driving forces behind the proposal, said he expects it to come before the St.…

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Tryst refutes accusations of being a bad neighbor

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Tryst Gastro Lounge, the booming nightlife mecca on Beach Drive, is firing back against recent accusations that the business was a “bad neighbor.” During a City Council meeting earlier this month approving an updated noise ordinance, several residents and some council members specifically referenced Tryst as the center of the noise problem downtown. No other business was directly referenced in that meeting. “We work very closely with the city of St. Petersburg to comply with the latest noise requirements,” the…

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Steve Kornell challenges Ken Welch, Darryl Rouson in school jazz band fundraiser

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St. Petersburg City Council member Steve Kornell is super stoked the Lakewood High School Jazz Band is being honored for their superior jazz skills. He’s so proud, he’s willing to raise $3,000 for the group in a very short period. “Due to their superior ratings in state competition they have been invited to participate in the Crescent City Jazz Festival in New Orleans March 17-21,” Kornell wrote on his Facebook page. “To make this trip they needed to raise $25,000.…

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Skyway Marina District leaders want $5,000 for design plan development

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St. Pete City Council’s Public Services and Infrastructure committee will discuss a potential $5,000 grant to the Skyway Marina District for design plan development services next week. The board is expected to fast track a decision. Steve Kornell, whose City Council district includes Skyway Marina, brought the item before full council at its regular meeting Thursday. The small appropriation is intended to allow the Skyway Marina District board to hire a consultant to develop a design plan for the corridor.…

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St. Pete adopts changes to noise ordinance

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St. Pete City Council finally came to consensus on an update to the city’s noise ordinance. The board approved a measure that requires bars and restaurants with outdoor noise projection to point the speakers toward its customers, not toward its neighbors. Specifically, the ordinance requires the speakers to be permanently mounted and be directed away from residences. The issue came up after a number of downtown St. Pete condo owners complained about booming noise from neighboring establishments well into the…

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St. Pete elected officials on list urging Senate to oppose fracking bill

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A bill aimed at legalizing hydraulic fracturing Florida, or fracking, died in the state Senate Thursday with a provision allowing it to possibly resurface. A similar bill has already passed the House. While there was much back and forth during the long debate in the Senate appropriations committee, the close call vote came, perhaps, as a result of numerous speakers opposed to fracking and countless others who sent in correspondence opposing the measure. Among those who gave the bill a…

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