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St. Pete passes ordinance to give more jobs to disadvantaged workers

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St. Pete City Council approved an ordinance aimed at putting ex-felons back to work. The disadvantaged worker ordinance will require contractors on city projects totally $2 million or more to employ people with criminal records for 10 percent of its man hours. Under the ordinance a “disadvantaged work” is defined as not just someone with a criminal record, but who has also received public assistance like food stamps, Medicare or Medicaid or unemployment within the year prior to being hired. The…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.6.15 –St. Pete Pier politics, part 23

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According to a story by Waveney Ann Moore in today’s Times, it’s looking good for advocates of Pier Park to be the chosen design to finally replace the aging iconic inverted Pier in downtown St. Petersburg. “I’ve had more calls in support of Pier Park than anything,” City Council member Darden Rice says. “It was overwhelmingly Pier supporters,” says Council member Charlie Gerdes. “I think it’s time to build the pier and I think Pier Park is the one,” agrees Steve…

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St. Pete City Council will schedule a Rays workshop

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St. Pete City Council voted unanimously to hold another workshop to discuss Mayor Rick Kriseman’s updated Memorandum of Understanding with the Rays. Council Chair Charlie Gerdes declined to schedule a council vote on the updated agreement aimed at letting the Major League Baseball team start exploring possible stadium sites in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. But council member Karl Nurse moved to hold a workshop discussing the latest negotiation. The workshop is aimed at giving council members the chance to air…

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Mitch Perry Report for 4.1.15 — The Tampa Bay Times has had enough with some City Council members

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The St. Petersburg City Council won’t be voting on that newly revised agreement that Mayor Rick Kriseman worked out with the Tampa Bay Rays last week that seemingly resolved the main conflict in why the Council didn’t approve the deal last December — the redevelopment rights to Tropicana Field. The new deal the mayor negotiated would ensure that all proceeds from those rights would (rightly) go to the city, and not the departing baseball franchise. But that’s not sufficient enough for several…

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St. Pete City Council will not be voting on a revised Rays deal until after a workshop

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St. Pete City Council will not be voting on a revised Rays deal anytime soon. City Council Chair Charlie Gerdes said instead he’s going to move forward with a request to workshop possible problems still lingering on the mind of five council members who voted no last December on Mayor Rick Kriseman’s original deal. “The mayor had some conversations with some of my colleagues and there’s just not a high enough confidence level that two of them will change their…

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St. Pete City Council seems more supportive of public input than Pier Selection Committee

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St. Pete City Council members have a potentially difficult decision facing them as soon as April 2. They are charged with voting up or down whatever pier design a committee appointed by the mayor puts before them. Based on several straw votes placed by the committee during their marathon meeting last week, that design may be Alfonso Architect’s Alma. The design boasting a narrow tower at the end of the pier ranked 5 out of 7 in the city’s public…

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