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Among Belleair mansions, neighbors squabble over proposed dock

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While good fences may make good neighbors, a proposed dock in the exclusive Belleair neighborhood in Pinellas County sparked a legal clash between two mansion owners.

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Incumbents rule the day in eight Pinellas municipal races

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It was all about the incumbents Tuesday during a quiet municipal election in eight Pinellas cities. Voters hit the ballot boxes in beach communities, a couple of North County towns and Kenneth City. The most hotly contested races came out of Kenneth City, where a bunch of flamingos made some waves. The flock of flamingos popped up with signs dangling from their necks supporting a candidate. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the flamingos were removed by police because they didn’t…

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Voters in eight Pinellas cities head to the ballot box Tuesday

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Municipal elections are being held in eight Pinellas County cities this Tuesday. Belleair, Belleair Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Kenneth City, Oldsmar, Safety Harbor, St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island will all have polls open for voters from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The elections are a sprinkling of races for City Council and commissions with a smathering of ballot questions amending city charters. Indian Rocks Beach will choose a city commissioner. Voters will choose from three candidates, Bill Dotson, Terry Hamilton-Wollin and Phillip…

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A point-by-point rebuttal of Diane Stenle’s editorial criticizing early mail-in voting

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Let’s start being honest about why the St. Petersburg Times seeks to downplay the significance of early, mail-in voting: if voters cast their ballots early, that will lessen the importance of the Times‘ coverage, especially its editorial recommendations. My point-by-point response to Diane Stenle’s editorial is in italics. Candidates might as well throw out the play book on how to run campaigns for local offices in Pinellas County. It’s a whole new ball game. The game changer: mail balloting. Stenle…

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On the beaches, voters return familiar faces to their city halls

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Voters re-elected incumbents in Belleair, Belleair Bluffs and Indian Rocks Beach as residents headed to the polls on March 10 to cast their ballots in their municipal elections. The residents of Belleair Bluffs gave Chris Arbutine a new two-year term and re-elected all three incumbent members of the city commission. Joe Barkley will finish out the remaining year of a two-year term. Suzy Sofer and John “Jack” Nazario outpolled Robert Russo to win full two-year terms. Winning with more than…

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