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Linda Hersey has 54 articles published.

Downtown condos ‘pre-sold’ before developer breaks ground

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An Art Deco-style condominium complex planned for downtown St. Petersburg already has “pre-sold” all but four homes, even though the developer has yet to break ground on the building. The St. Pete City Council voted unanimously Thursday to allow the project to move forward. It will be located on 4th Avenue NE, between First Street North and Beach Drive NE. Called Rowland Place, the $3.5 million complex will offer roomy, four-bedroom “homes” located in a six-story building. The top floor…

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Detailed look at Kriseman’s plan for addressing economy, improving efficiencies at City Hall

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At a press conference Wednesday, mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman offered his most detailed vision to date of how a Kriseman administration would operate at City Hall. Kriseman, who is running against incumbent Bill Foster, told supporters who gathered at a park in the historic Kenwood neighborhood that his style is not to arrive with all the answers and a pre-set agenda but “to listen, to learn and to lead.” “That is the approach that is needed and the approach I…

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Coalition led by League of Women Voters, Florida Nurses urge lawmakers to accept $51 billion in Medicaid funds

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The new national network of health care exchanges opened today to allow Americans to sign up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act. But there are 1.2 million uninsured Floridians ineligible for coverage through the exchanges, according to health care professionals and civic groups at a  press conference Tuesday in downtown St. Pete. These uninsured Floridians already qualify for Medicaid – the federal program for low-income patients – but the state Legislature has refused $51 billion in federal…

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Urban Land Institute asks: How do you want downtown St. Pete to develop?

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An upscale reception – replete with cocktails, appetizers and a spectacular water view from the historic Vinoy Hotel – greeted an Urban Land Institute team in town to help the community craft a vision for downtown’s future. Sponsored in part by the St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce, Monday’s event kicked off a week of meetings between community stakeholders and design experts from the Urban Land Institute. The team’s visit will conclude Friday, when the panel issues a set of…

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Reception for Urban Land Institute kicks off a week of discussions on downtown’s future

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Design experts from the Urban Land Institute will arrive in St. Petersburg Monday for a week of meetings with leaders and community stakeholders about developing a Downtown Waterfront Master Plan for guiding growth and preservation. A public reception is scheduled for Monday, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel. The meet-and-greet kicks off the series of discussions with arts organizations, sports leaders, representatives from USF St. Pete, business owners and neighborhood groups. On Friday, at 8 a.m., the design experts…

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Jeff Brandes: Florida serves as ‘donor state’ to subsidized flood insurance program

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Calling Florida “a donor state” to the National Flood Insurance Program, Sen. Jeff Brandes is urging Florida’s congressional delegation to support a one-year delay on rate increases for policy holders. In a Sept. 27 letter, Brandes warns of the “disastrous impact” to homeowners and the real estate industry from changes to the nationally subsidized flood insurance program. Pinellas County has more policy holders than any other U.S. county, with Hillsborough not that far behind. The changes are scheduled to take…

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$283K police vehicle perk disputed in last-minute City Council pitch for more neighborhood spending

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More than 100 St. Petersburg police cars are driven home at night by cops living outside Pinellas County, at a cost to taxpayers of $283,000. The police perk was among the arguments given by City Council members Thursday night pushing for last-minute changes to the 2014 spending plan prior to its adoption on a 5-3 vote. Although the police vehicle policy was not struck down, additional dollars for youth employment, neighborhoods and Main Street businesses were approved. Members of the…

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