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Callaloo Group talks Manhattan Casino plans with St. Pete City Council

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The decision by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s administration to award the Callaloo Group to take over the historic Manhattan Casino last month was not exactly met with universal praise in the community – even amongst the mayor’s most fervent supporters in South St. Pete.

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Bill Edwards, Rick Baker to help open FEMA center

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St. Petersburg entrepreneur Bill Edwards, in association with the St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP, state Rep. Wengay Newton and mayoral candidate Rick Baker, will open a FEMA Disaster Recovery Registration Center Wednesday night. The center is slated to be open 6-9 p.m. and is located at 6090 Central Ave.

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St. Pete heads to the polls, possibly ending the battle of the Ricks

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When polls close at 7 p.m. in St. Petersburg’s mayoral primary, the question is not who received the most votes, but whether former mayor Rick Baker reached the fifty percent-plus-one vote threshold to win the race outright.

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Upset St. Pete residents ask City Council to reject Callaloo Group from Manhattan Casino

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Although the item was removed from the St. Petersburg City Council’s agenda, a number of citizens came before Council members and Mayor Rick Kriseman Thursday to express discontent with the decision to lease and operate the historic Manhattan Casino to the Callaloo Group. Leading Callaloo is Ramon Hernandez, operator of Pipo’s Cuban restaurants, who intends to offer a “Floribbean” fusion restaurant at the Casino.

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Pinellas legislative delegation to meet Sept. 21

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Pinellas County lawmakers will hold their first public hearing ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session next month, the delegation announced Tuesday. Delegation Chairman and Clearwater Republican Rep. Chris Latvala announced the Sept. 21 meeting Tuesday and said it will be held in the Arts Auditorium at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus from 9 am to noon. During the meeting, Pinellas County’s three senators and eight representatives and their staff will introduce proposed local bills, give presentations focusing on economic development…

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Sean Shaw: Commissioners supporting Confederate monument not OK

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After the Hillsborough County Commission initially voted last month to keep the Confederate statue in front of the county courthouse annex, Hillsborough Democrats vowed to take revenge at the ballot box next year against all four Republicans who resisted the call to move the monument.

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Vito Sheeley to challenge Wengay Newton in 2018

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A Democrat has filed to run against St. Petersburg Rep. Wengay Newton in House District 70, setting up a possible primary for the first-term representative. Vito Sheeley opened up his campaign account for the seat on Friday and is the only candidate running against Newton, who took over for now Sen. Darryl Rouson after winning a three-way Democratic against Dan Fiorini and Chris Czaia.

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