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St. Pete salon owner claims to be pushed out for condos

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Everyone seems to want to live in St. Pete these days, but there are only so many expensive condos to go around. With this in mind, property values are on the rise and potential parcels for development highly sought after. One such parcel may be the Plaza Tower & Courtyard Shops and its adjacent strip mall on First Street in downtown St. Petersburg. Kalyvas Group LLC bought the properties in 2002 for $17 million; they are sandwiched between Beach Drive…

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Popular political hotspot Jackson’s Bistro wrangles with landlord

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Jackson’s Bistro, on Harbor Island in the heart of downtown Tampa, has been a staple of the community since 1997. More than a simple bistro within the 10,000-square-foot mixed-use property known as Knights Point Retail Center, Jackson’s has hosted everything from political events to nonprofit fundraisers. And Friday and Saturday nights, the bistro transforms into a nightclub. In September 2014 Tampa-based Convergent Capital Partners purchased the Knights Point property for $7.5 million, followed by an announcement of plans to spend…

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Bilmar Beach Resort accused of secretly filming guests, making sex tapes

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When Mirta Brown, 58, and her husband Luis Brown, 59, checked into the Bilmar Beach Resort in Treasure Island in early February, they did what many married couples do. They got busy. Away from home and free of the stresses of regular life, the Lee County couple engaged in “marital intimacy,” safe in the knowledge no one was watching. It appears, however, someone was watching. Or at least they assume someone was watching after discovering a 360-degree camera outside their…

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Tampa probation officer sues after altercation with subpoena server

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Eric Hall was on leave from his job as a probation officer when he encountered Donna Horn, a criminal investigator from Largo, who was there to deliver a subpoena. The confrontation did not go well for Hall, a 46-year-old former U.S Marine from Tampa, resulting in his arrest, job loss, legal accusations on both sides and now a lawsuit to clear his name. By the time of the encounter, Horn, 48, had already visited Hall’s workplace, allegedly storming out after…

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Legal wrangling continues over death of 5-year-old Clearwater girl in 2013

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In January 2013, a neighbor found 5-year-old Elizabeth Shyan Holder wandering alone at the Gulf to Bay Mobile Home Park in Clearwater. Pinellas County sheriffs removed Holder, along with her sister Kala, from their home and parents. Eight days later, Elizabeth was dead. Her parents, Corey Holder and Stephanie Judah, claimed that Elizabeth died from oxygen deprivation due to undiagnosed tonsillitis. They filed a federal lawsuit against the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office over their daughter’s death. At issue was the…

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Tarpon Springs resident sues city to prove ‘dead’ tree still alive, bearing fruit

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Stravos Tsalickis thought he had seen it all. That was, until Tarpon Springs Police Department Officer Steve Gassen, 48, informed the 79-year-old Tarpon Springs resident that a tree on his property was “dead.” The tree in question, at 431 Grand Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, would need to be removed, Gassen said, as well as a shed, which the officer who was in “poor condition.” One problem; the tree was not dead, according to Tsalickis. Not willing to give up either…

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VoyeurDorm founders could still be on hook for $12M over 2008 strip club shooting

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In 2008, construction worker Richard Campbell was struck by a bullet from a shooting happening during a fight in a strip club parking lot in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The strip club, Secrets Cabaret, shares a parking lot with a biker bar, Doghouse Bar & Grill. Campbell, who was in his 20s, was left paralyzed from the chest down. At the time, both the strip club and the bar were owned by St. Petersburg internet entrepreneurs David Marshlack, 53, and…

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