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Barbara Banno plans resurgence in Gulfport politics

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Barbara Banno left her post as a Gulfport City Council member resolved to start a family. Public service just didn’t fit into that equation. But things change and now she’s running for mayor. Banno has lived in Gulfport for nearly 10 years. She owns Stella’s, a popular breakfast and lunch joint in downtown named after her aunt. She served on Gulfport City Council for one term and, in 2013, decided not to run for re-election. She and her partner at…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 2 – Raw sewage

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top 10 most absorbing events. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 2 – Raw sewage Since August, Mayor Rick Kriseman has been plagued by toilet water. After the city experienced what was described as a 100-year rain event, his administration made the…

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St. Pete City Council committee wants to spend $1.5 million on sewers

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A St. Pete City Council committee voted Monday to spend $1.5 million of the total $6.5 million awarded the city as a result of a settlement in the BP oil spill disaster. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman had recommended spending $1 million for infrastructure repairs and replacement. Earlier discussions about the BP oil spill award showed some City Council members wanted to spend more of the money on immediate repairs in the wake of 31 million gallons of raw and…

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In addition to presidential candidates, here’s what to expect on local ballots in 2016

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Everyone knows about the Presidential Preference Primary March 15, but not as many know there are a bunch of municipalities packing ballots with local candidates as well. All of the Belleairs – Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs and Belleair Shore – will have one council member or commission seat on the ballot each. Clearwater will elect a Mayor and two City Council members. Same goes for Gulfport. Indian Rocks beach will have two commission seats on the ballot as well…

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St. Pete says Clam Bayou is clean; Gulfport council member disagrees

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St. Pete is discontinuing water sampling in areas where wastewater overflow was released in early August as a result of a heavy rain event. According to the city, all of the affected areas have been tested within Safe Beach criteria for at least one week. In some areas the levels of contaminants, particularly fecal coliform, have been within safe levels for three to five weeks. “All of the sample sites have demonstrated a long term consistency of results within the…

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Rick Kriseman’s BP settlement plan tabled until something’s done about sewage problems

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St. Pete City Council will not be immediately voting on Mayor Rick Kriseman’s plan to spend $6.5 million awarded the city through a settlement with BP on a variety of projects. During a Public Services and Infrastructure Committee meeting Thursday morning, council voted to put off allocating the funds. At issue is the raw sewage dump in August that continues to haunt Kriseman. In response to an overburdened system during what the city describes as a 100-year rain event, the…

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Sewage dump? What sewage dump?

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Gulfport residents and city officials weren’t happy with the City of St. Petersburg in early August when the city dumped 15 million gallons of untreated sewage into Clam Bayou resulting in Gulfport’s beach being shutdown due to unsafe contamination levels in Boca Ciega Bay. City Council was bombarded by residents lamenting there wasn’t enough communication between the cities regarding the dump. But now Gulfport is praising St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman for his collaboration with neighbors to clean up the…

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