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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

Scott appoints Bridgette Mill to St. Petersburg College District Board of Trustees

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Gov. Rick Scott appointed Bridgette Mill today to the board of trustees of the St. Petersburg College District. Mill, a 42-year-old Seminole resident, is president and publisher of the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She has also served as a member of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Association and on the University of Tampa Board of Fellows. Mill also works as a publisher for the American City Business Journals, a position she held since 1999. Before being named publisher of the…

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Florida Poly to host summer medical robotics camp

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Children love summer, and they love robots. Florida Polytechnic University is giving kids a way to enjoy both. Starting Monday, the Lakeland-based university will host 12 high-school students in the Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow, also known as MERIT. Students chosen to attend the four-week summer course also attend All Saints Academy, Lake Wales and Barton High Schools. Florida Poly, along with the Robotics Institute and the Center for Urology at Winter Haven Hospital developed MERIT, designed to…

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Williams Park Summer Market begins Saturday

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Officially, summer begins in three weeks, but the St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market is already moving to its temporary digs at the city’s oldest park. The 2013 Williams Park Summer Market begins Saturday June 1 in downtown St. Petersburg and will remain there through Aug. 24. Williams Park is located on First Avenue N., between Third and Fourth Streets.  Fans of healthy food, music and fun can stop by from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to organizers, the move…

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Survey shows parents want kids to dive more, text less

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Parents worry kids are “diving” into the virtual world, instead of swimming in the real one, a new survey shows. Just in time for summer, the Water Quality and Health Council released a poll finding 86 percent of parents believe technology—video game, tablets and smartphones—interferes with family activities like swimming. Asking 1,000 adults who have at least one child under the age of 14, the public health group learned that 94 percent think children spend too much time with electronic devices…

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Glenn Gilzean “humbled” by FAMU reappointment

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott must have faith in Glenn Gilzean. After all, he appointed Gilzean trustee of Florida A&M University twice. Gilzean, a 30-year-old St. Petersburg resident and vice president of Step Up For Students, was one of 42 reappointments to state boards and committees, which failed confirmation by the Florida Senate. The listing includes Dr. John Armstrong as State Surgeon General and Michael D. Crews for Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. Scott originally appointed Gilzean as the…

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Kathleen Peters announces funds for Pinellas Beaches

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In the aftermath of the 2012 hurricane season, Pinellas beaches are getting a makeover. The Florida Legislature is setting aside nearly $4 million to renourish Pinellas County beaches for fiscal year 2013-2014, says State Rep. Kathleen Peters of South Pasadena.  In a statement released today, Peters announced the state will assign $3.7 million for Treasure Island and Long Key, along with $13.7 in matching federal funds.  The money will go to recharge the 1.4 miles of shoreline of Treasure Island,…

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Technology skills gap? USFSP has an app for that!

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The growing IT skills gap in St. Petersburg? USF can help you create an app for that. To address the shortage of technology skills in the Tampa Bay area, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is offering an Apple iOS Mobile Application course beginning July 13. The 12-week program will teach students to build their own app from initial concept to the finished product. For students looking to develop IT skills, time is running out to sign up for…

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