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DEP says St. Petersburg sewage discharges violate environmental laws

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has entered into a consent order with the City of St. Petersburg after determining the city violated environmental laws that resulted in the unpermitted discharges of sewage into Clam Bayou and Tampa Bay during August of 2015, June of 2016, and Aug. 31-Sept.13 of this year. The 11-page document was signed by Mary Yeargan, Southwest District Director for the Florida DEP and sent to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Public Works Administer Claude Tankersley on…

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Kathleen Peters demands state investigate condition of St. Pete’s sewer system

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Spurred on by St. Petersburg’s release Tuesday of partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay, state Rep. Kathleen Peters has called for a state investigation into the condition and capacity of the city’s sewer system. Peters, a Republican from South Pasadena, released this statement Thursday: “Over the past three years, the city of St. Petersburg has discharged significant amounts of partially treated sewage into the bays surrounding Pinellas County. Not only has St. Petersburg seen significant growth in population and new business, the…

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Dan Liedtke wins re-election in Gulfport Ward 1

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By a margin of fewer than 100 votes, Gulfport City Council member Dan Liedtke barely won re-election to his Ward 1 seat against April Thanos. Liedtke has served on City Council for four years and worked as a business and information technology consultant for the last 20 years. He’s held jobs in both the private and public sector. Liedtke won with 2,201 votes, or just under 51 percent, compared to Thanos, who earned 2,140 votes, a little over 49 percent. Although…

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Yolanda Roman says Sam Henderson took her words out of context

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Gulfport Vice Mayor Yolanda Roman is setting the record straight on an altercation that occurred last month on the dais between her and Mayor Sam Henderson. Roman released a written statement explaining her side. In it she includes text posted on Henderson’s Facebook page the day after the contentious meeting occurred. The lengthy post includes accusations that Roman was as a bully, has a political agenda and that that agenda undermines Gulfport City Council. Roman lists a number of requests…

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Sam Henderson releases dates, locations of Clam Bayou meetings

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During a recent Gulfport City Council meeting Mayor Sam Henderson and Vice Mayor Yolanda Roman had a bit of a go at one another over the Clam Bayou sewage dump last year. In a nutshell, Roman thinks Gulfport isn’t doing enough to ensure promises from St. Petersburg that a similar situation won’t occur again. Henderson, thinks he’s doing plenty. During the back and forth, Roman suggested Henderson had not met with St. Pete officials to discuss the issue. He called…

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Gulfport mayoral candidates to answer questions at Stetson Town Hall

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Stetson University College of Law is hosting Gulfport mayoral candidates Sam Henderson, the incumbent, and Barbara Banno at a town hall forum Thursday in the school’s Mann Lounge. The candidates will first present their campaign platforms and then answer questions posed by moderator Lance Long, a professor at the school. Stetson’s Environmental Law Society, Maritime Law Society and Long’s Environmental Advocacy class are co-sponsoring the forum. It’s likely that the August sewage dump into Clam Bayou by St. Petersburg will…

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Toast to the Bay, Dump into the Bay: Karl Nurse and Sam Henderson

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Toast: Karl Nurse’s environmental gusto As a lame duck City Council person, Karl Nurse has proven himself quite feisty. During a day chock full of legislative process, Nurse seized an opportunity to nail home a message he’s made no secret of – saving the environment. Thursday included for St. Pete City Council a full day of committee meetings, regular agendas, Community Redevelopment Area sessions and public hearings. And in the middle of it all, Nurse jumped on an admiral speaking…

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