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Pinellas County staff to answer questions on Penny for Pinellas program Monday

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Pinellas County staff will be on hand at Monday’s meeting of the Council of North County Neighborhoods to talk about the Penny for Pinellas program. Staff will discuss the one-cent sales tax, give a presentation on past projects funded by the program, and answer questions about projects being proposed for funding. Ideas for capital improvement in North Pinellas County are also welcome. The one-cent sales tax has been around since 1990 and is split between the county and the 24…

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Pinellas schedules first meeting of sewer task force

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As Hurricane Hermine churned its way northward in the Gulf of Mexico, it dumped as much as 22 inches of rain on portions of Pinellas. Heavy rains and flooding caused sewage overflows across the county and the dumping of millions of gallons of raw and partly treated sewage into the Gulf. Within days, Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice called for a countywide task force comprised of representatives from cities and private companies that own sewer systems in the county. “We…

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Retiring teacher and incumbent face off in Pinellas School Board candidate forum

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For the most part, the candidates’ forum in Palm Harbor on Monday night was a quiet affair – except when it came to the race for the District 4 seat on the Pinellas County School Board. That’s the race where incumbent Ken Peluso, a retired chiropractor, is facing Eileen Long, a retiring teacher. The crux of the dispute was Long’s contention that a teacher is best suited to the job. The subtext was that Peluso does not understand the problems…

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North Pinellas county candidate forum set for Monday

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The Council of North County Neighborhoods is holding a candidates forum Monday night. The forum, which is co-sponsored by the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature candidates who will appear on north Pinellas ballots in the Aug. 30 election. That election is for party primaries and nonpartisan races. Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O’Shea said all but one candidate would be at Monday’s event. The CNCN, she said, is still waiting to hear from Robert J.…

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Expansion set for East Lake library

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Officials from the East Lake Community Library are in the early stages of planning a million-dollar expansion. The 2,500-square-foot addition would be the first phase in a plan that would eventually take the library from 6,400 square feet to 19,000 sq ft, library director Lois Eannel told Pinellas County commissioners Thursday. Her remarks came during a budget information session. The library is independent of the Commission, but commissioners set the tax rate for the library’s operation. Eannel said the expansion,…

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