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Rick Kriseman enjoys big day as St. Pete Pier construction gets underway

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Wednesday was a big day for Rick Kriseman. Joined by Assistant Mayor Kanika Tomalin, City Councilmembers Darden Rice, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Ed Montanari, and Karl Nurse, as well as other officials, the mayor took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new St. Petersburg Pier, a major symbolic event for a project that has become a huge political issue. “It was really important that we fulfill the desires of the community from the standpoint of functionality, but do it within budget,…

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Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority report says it contributes over $1 billion to local economy

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A report paid for by the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) says the agency’s strategic investment planning decisions have generated $1.2 billion in local and state gross domestic product and a combined 13,200 jobs. The Tampa based-agency is best known for owning and operating the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, the 14-mile all-electronic, limited-access toll road in Hillsborough County. The report, written by the Center for Urban Transportation (CUTR), begins with the premise that increased transportation accessibility promotes the clustering of business and residential units…

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Gwen Graham wants a simple answer: When did the Florida DEP inform residents of the Mosaic spill?

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Gwen Graham isn’t backing off in her quest to learn how proactive the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was in informing the public about the 45-foot-wide, 300-foot deep sinkhole which opened at Mosaic’s New Wales plant in Mulberry on August 27, emptying 215 million gallons of contaminated water into the Floridan Aquifer. The Tallahassee-based Congresswoman on Friday issued a public information request to the DEP to turn over all electronic communication relating to the toxic sinkhole, following what she says has been “repeated requests” for more information…

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Hillary Clinton blasts Mosaic for delaying notifying residents about sinkhole spill

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Hillary Clinton is weighing in on Mosaic’s delay in informing the public about the spill of 215 million gallons of contaminated water into a sinkhole at their Polk County phosphate plant last month. In an interview with WFST-Channel 28’s Sarina Fazan, the Democratic presidential nominee is chiming in on the criticism regarding the phosphate giant’s failure to inform the public about the spill, which happened last month. Though Mosaic did inform local and state agencies, many members of the public never heard about…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.4.15 – on Jeb, Ted and Kobe

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First off, I want to wish the best for Brendan McLaughlin, who will be departing as a news anchor at ABC affiliate WFTS in a couple of weeks after 21 years in the market. Like yours truly, Brendan hails from the San Francisco Bay Area (Marin County, actually, I believe). Folks, there ain’t that many of us in Tampa Bay, much less Florida. I wish him the best in his future endeavors. The latest CNN/ORC national poll of GOP candidates has Jeb…

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