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Marco Rubio latest lawmaker to call for the EPA to investigate St. Petersburg sewage issue

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is the most latest Florida lawmaker calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate St. Petersburg’s sewage crisis. “It is important that residents know if their City leadership turned a blind eye towards the inevitability of a sewage spill at the cost of the local waterways and beaches,” Rubio writes in a letter penned to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I welcome the EPA’s immediate assistance into this matter, and stand ready to work with you to fix these problems.” The aftermath of…

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Students, educators tell Charlie Crist higher education comes with high price tag

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The high cost of a college education was the main issue during a roundtable conversation Friday with Charlie Crist. “It’s clear to me … that one of the biggest issues is the cost factor,” Crist said. “Many look at higher education as a necessity, but it’s being charged as a luxury.” The roundtable, the latest in Crist’s “listening tour,” brought together educators, students and graduates to discuss issues facing those who seek undergraduate and graduate degrees. And while the cost…

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St. Pete council agrees to spend millions to fix sewer problems

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In the wake of a tropical storm that saw St. Petersburg dump millions of gallons of partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay, City Council members agreed Thursday on several initiatives designed to start replacing and repairing a deteriorated sewer system. But council members agreed repairs won’t come quickly enough to prevent another overflow. “We will be dealing with serious spill events over the summer, and we need to be straightforward about that,” council member Darden Rice said. The sooner something…

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Rick Kriseman ties new commercial flights out of downtown to first flight 102 years ago

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman released a video Friday showing his recent flight from downtown St. Pete to Fort Lauderdale on a new commercial flight now available out of Albert Whitted airport. “Today we have the pleasure of flying from Albert Whitted down to Fort Lauderdale on a 9-passenger plane. Very easy flight. Very Comfortable,” Kriseman said of the February 1st flight. “Being able to take off from Albert Whitted is really something that I always wanted to see happen.”…

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Tropic Ocean kicks off flight service from downtown St. Pete to Fort Lauderdale

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A new flight service out of downtown St. Pete could be a useful tool in attracting new businesses. The first flight from Albert Whitted Airport to Fort Lauderdale took off from downtown St. Pete on  Monday morning.  St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce were on board to try it out. Photos show an amphibious Cessna parked at Albert Whitted Airport ready for takeoff. The interior, a small but spacious cabin seating…

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Jamie Bennett fundraiser at Albert Whitted

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