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Conflict of interest? Tonight’s City Council debate moderator has ties to Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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St. Pete City Council candidates in District 7 will square off Tuesday night in a second debate leading up to the August 25 primary election. But this debate could come with a conflict of interest. The group Fight for $15 is co-hosting the debate at the Child’s Park Recreation Center. The group sent out a press release announcing the debate on July 15. Community activist Kofi Hunt is moderating the debate. He was also one of two media contacts listed…

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St. Pete welcomes Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. to Midtown

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman plans to spend his Friday morning celebrating the new Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. The new organization aims to offer resources, partnering opportunities and even loans to businesses owned and operated by African-American business leaders. The focus is on historically underserved markets. That would include two areas the city has recently been focusing revitalization efforts on – Midtown and Child’s Park. The Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp. officially opens at 1123 22 Street…

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Will Newton to launch campaign for his brother’s City Council seat

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A third candidate has jumped into the race for St. Pete City Council District 7. Will Newton, brother of incumbent Wengay Newton, designated a campaign treasurer Thursday afternoon. Wengay Newton is term-limited out of office this year and will instead be running for the state House seat being vacated by Daryl Rousson. His brother, Will, comes with an impressive list of accomplishments throughout the community. Will Newton is a retired firefighter EMT for St. Pete Fire and Rescue. In 2011…

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City Council’s Steve Kornell says Southside CRA is ‘fantastic’

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St. Pete City Council unanimously approved the long-awaited Southside Community Redevelopment Area at its meeting Thursday. The plan creates a special taxing district for areas of South St. Pete including two of the city’s poorest neighborhoods – Child’s Park and Midtown. It establishes tax-increment financing for the area to pay for things less typical than in other TIF districts. Most notably, the plan includes financing for affordable housing rather than just beautification projects like streetscaping. The boundaries of the newly…

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