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Title company’s mistake killed downtown St. Pete YMCA deal, music promoter says

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Music promoter Thomas Nestor had big dreams: He’d buy the historic YMCA building in St. Petersburg, save it from destruction and convert it to a concert venue, music museum and hotel. He and VPC 3, II, LLP, the owner of the property, struck a deal. Nestor would buy the building at 116 Fifth St. S, for $1.4 million. He proceeded to make installment payments but the deal fell through in July 2014 when he did not come up with the…

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Bob Buesing says he was compelled to run in the SD 18 seat

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Tampa attorney Bob Buesing says if the Florida Legislature were simply “doing its job” when it comes to contending with early education issues, he wouldn’t be disrupting his relatively good life to engage in running for the state Legislature at the age of 62. But he says that after years of working with nonprofits that have sent brain scientists, economists and military leaders to advocate with legislators on that topic, he’s reached the conclusion that they simply don’t listen. “If I thought every…

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St. Pete’s downtown YMCA to be remade as boutique hotel

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Plans to reinvent the long-shuttered YMCA in downtown St. Petersburg have begun. Owner Nick Ekonomou announced his purchase of the Mediterranean revival-style building in November and is working on the building’s exterior to prevent further damage to the historic structure. The Y is set to become a boutique hotel and event space. Now Ekonomou is making plans to erect another building in between it and the Tampa Bay Times building. He plans a nine-story luxury apartment building complete with a…

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David Jolly unveils new Little Free Libraries across Pinellas County

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Congressman David Jolly unveiled one of nine Little Free Libraries in Largo outside the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA Monday morning. The libraries are boxes set up in various locations where people can “take a book, leave a book.” The concept is designed to promote literacy and encourage kids to read by making books available easily and at no cost. “I am very grateful for our community partners for bringing free books into neighborhoods to help kids discover the joy of reading.,”…

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Boys and Girls Clubs advocates cry foul over sexual predator remark

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In the tension-filled chambers of a Legislative Session’s final days words matter and poorly chosen ones can stress long-standing relationships. Supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Florida on Thursday pushed back on remarks Sen. Eleanor Sobel made after Wednesday’s meeting of the Children Families and Elder Affairs Committee. The committee had unanimously approved SB 250 that mandates level 2 background checks, a nationwide criminal search of fingerprints, for groups working with children. Afterward Sobel remarked there were numerous…

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