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St. Pete City Council approves Albert Whitted runway expansion study

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St. Pete City Council unanimously approved a runway extension feasibility study for downtown’s Albert Whitted Airport. But the measure came with some lackluster support. The $50,000 study would be funded largely through a state grant with City Council kicking in just $10,000. The study itself would take just about four months or so and would then require approval from Federal Aviation Agency to begin a much more lengthy environmental assessment. And that’s where the waters get murky. Council member Steve Kornell…

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Rick Kriseman is pleased with state budget

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The Florida Legislature agreed on an $80 billion budget late Monday night after a highly contentious legislative session and special session. The budget includes several wins for St. Pete. The biggest win for St. Pete is a $12.3 million appropriation for the USF St. Pete School of Business. “I join our friends at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg in celebrating the $12.3 million for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business,” St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman wrote in…

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Ed Montanari announces he’s running for St. Pete City Council District 3 seat

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Civic activist Ed Montanari announced on Monday he’s running for the St. Petersburg City Council District 3 race this November, and he says the two major issues that he’ll be running on are business and maintaining the quality of life in the city that has blossomed in recent years. “I want to continue to be an attractive place for high-paying, high-tech clean and green jobs, but the other thing that we’ve had in St. Pete, and we’ve always protected, is our…

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The vote to vacate the BayWalk sidewalk failed, not because of the protesters, but because of the St. Pete Chamber

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Much has already been written about the effort to vacate the sidewalk outside of BayWalk. St. Petersburg Times Editor of Editorials is already blaming the Gang of Four (Leslie Curran, Jeff Danner, Wengay Newton and Herb Polson for BayWalk’s impending demise: “When BayWalk is boarded up and completes its transformation from downtown St. Petersburg’s jewel to its biggest eyesore, we will know whom to blame. When Muvico closes and there is not a single movie theater in a city that…

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Food and Wine Wednesday: Steve Westphal last man standing in bid to build restaurant at Albert Whitted Airport

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Albert Whitted Airport may finally get a new restaurant. The city was reviewing proposals from two local restaurateurs to operate in the space on the terminal’s second floor. Now, however, one has said he will withdraw his bid. Both Parkshore Grill owner Steve Westphal and the Undertow Beach Bar owner Paul Nicklaus submitted bids to rent the 5,000-square-foot space, which has sat empty since the terminal opened in 2007. Last week, however, Nicklaus said he had decided to withdraw. Officials…

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Jamie Bennett to sponsor referendum to preserve and protect waterfront

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City Councilmember Jamie Bennett will introduce a new business item before the City Council calling for a referendum to preserve and protect St. Petersburg’s Waterfront. Councilman Bennett, a leading candidate for mayor, has agreed to adopt the referendum language authored by POWW – Preserve Our Wallets and Waterfront, a citizen’s group dedicated to stopping major development on the city’s waterfront without a direct vote by residents. Councilman Bennett will be holding a press conference to outline his vision and to…

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Quack, quack: Bill Foster hires Mallard Group

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Mayoral candidate Bill Foster confirmed on Saturday night that he will indeed retain The Mallard Group to assist his campaign. Foster has been coy about which consultant he would employ in this race, but he has relied on ‘The Pond’ before in his re-election efforts to the St. Petersburg City Council. Although The Mallard Group has been relatively quiet lately, especially after a series of high-profile losses and a lawsuit was filed against the firm by Judge Jack Day, TMG…

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