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Callaloo Group talks Manhattan Casino plans with St. Pete City Council

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The decision by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s administration to award the Callaloo Group to take over the historic Manhattan Casino last month was not exactly met with universal praise in the community – even amongst the mayor’s most fervent supporters in South St. Pete.

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Plan for St. Pete’s Deuces is to unite and develop

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One of the most historical areas of St. Petersburg is the 22nd Street S corridor – the “Deuces” – once one of the most vibrant streets in the city’s black community. The street lost its vibrancy and became almost deserted. But recently, there’s a kind of rejuvenation going on. But with that rejuvenation has come a certain tension between the people who live in the area and those who are moving in. Now the city is trying to create a bond…

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St. Pete, Chamber prepare to launch Economic Development Corp.

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce recently sent out a mid-year report to members. Like most mid-year reports, it highlighted many of the Chamber’s accomplishments so far this year – 241 new members, receipt of a $314,187 Healthy St. Pete grant, and the inaugural Tropic Ocean Airways flight, among others. But it also included a look ahead by Greg Holden, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Governors. Among the big plans for the remainder of 2016 – the launch of…

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SmartBurg initiative aims to engage St. Pete on economic growth opportunities

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There’s a new way for St. Pete residents to get engaged in their community. Justin Bean, a young professional who relocated to St. Pete as an adult, launched SmartBurg, an initiative aimed at increasing community engagement and furthering economic growth and development throughout the city. The group’s mission statement is to be “focused on the future of St. Pete” and to “accomplish smart economic growth through innovative, creative and competitive ideas.” His idea isn’t entirely new. It started last Spring…

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Rick Kriseman next stop for 3 groups vying to run new Pier

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Three teams made their cases Tuesday before a committee of St. Pete staff leaders and selected city residents to run the city’s new Pier. The team chosen will be in charge of management and operation of the Pier, Pier approach and the inclusive Pier district that runs up to Beach Drive. The three teams who presented at the city’s water resources department facility were Philadelphia-based Spectra Venue Management, Clearwater’s Colliers International and St. Pete’s own locally based Skyway One. The…

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