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John Morroni to chair Forward Pinellas board next year

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Forward Pinellas, the transportation and land use planning agency for Pinellas County, has new board leadership and several new members going into 2017. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni will serve as the board’s chair; Clearwater Commissioner Doreen Caudell, vice chair; Indian Rocks Beach Commissioner Cookie Kennedy, treasurer; and Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers, secretary. All votes were unanimous. Forward Pinellas is the organization formed by the merger of the Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Pinellas Planning Council. Forward Pinellas is…

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Central Avenue BRT will serve as St. Pete’s premium transit

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Downtown St. Petersburg will be connected to Pinellas County  beaches via First Avenues North and South with a Bus Rapid Transit line using a $500,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, according to the state agency. During a sunny news conference in front of one of Central Avenue’s many wall murals, FDOT Secretary Paul Steinman called the Central Avenue BRT route “premium transit” necessary to create a “fully integrated transportation system.” The new route piggybacks on the existing Central…

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Politics put BP settlement money discussions on hold in Clearwater

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Clearwater City Council and mayoral re-election races are holding up progress on how to spend $6.4 million in BP settlement money even though the it has been available since July. The council will hold off at least four months on determining what to do with the cash. At issue are re-election campaigns for Mayor George Cretekos and City Council members Doreen Hock DiPolito and Jay Polgaze who are all appearing on the March ballot. During a meeting Nov. 5, City…

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Following protest, PSTA re-issues outside bus advertisement proposal requests

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority has decided to re-issue its request for bus advertisement proposals following an official protest by Direct Media, one of the companies that lost out on the initial contract award. According to the PSTA’s CEO, Brad Miller, the protest and ultimate re-issue of the request for proposals stemmed from confusion during the procurement process. “One of the issues that wasn’t clear […] was exactly […] how [the vying companies] were supposed to submit a [bid], given that we…

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Winners and Losers from Pinellas’ elections

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Today’s city commissioner is tomorrow’s state legislator. And today’s state legislator is tomorrow’s congressional candidate. Or so I’ve always thought and that’s why I always pay attention to the results of even the smallest town’s municipal elections. Yesterday’s slate of elections in Pinellas County certainly provided a list of winners and losers and I’m not just talking about the candidates. Here is my list of who won and who lost as a result of Pinellas’ municipal elections. Winners: The most…

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Winners & Losers from Pinellas’ elections

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Today’s city commissioner is tomorrow’s state legislator. And today’s state legislator is tomorrow’s congressional candidate. Or so I’ve always thought and that’s why I always pay attention to the results of even the smallest town’s municipal elections. Yesterday’s slate of elections in Pinellas County certainly provided a list of winners and losers and I’m not just talking about the candidates. Here is my list of who won and who lost as a result of Pinellas’ municipal elections. Winners: The most…

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Can an African-American win in Tarpon Springs? Can the Stonewall Democrats win another race? And other intriguing questions from Pinellas’ elections

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Tomorrow is Election Day tomorrow in Pinellas. Check back often with Saint Petersblog for updates, photos and results from interesting races in Clearwater, Gulfport, Oldsmar and Tarpon Springs. Here’s are the story lines I’ll be following: Can an African-American candidate win in Tarpon Springs? City Commissioner David Archie is facing off against my friend Matt King to replace Beverly Biliris as the next Mayor of the City of Sponges. And while there have been plenty issues discussed on the campaign…

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