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County commission approves BP spending list that includes ‘love letter to Pinellas’

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Pinellas County commissioners unanimously approved a list of projects that will be funded by about $7.07 million of BP settlement monies. Among the 30 projects: $1 million each for sewer lining/sewer/stormwater capacity/upgrades and affordable housing. Other projects include $150,000 for a metro wellness center, $294,000 for land preparation for a Palm Harbor recreation center, and $250,000 for a pedestrian-bicycle bridge at Phillippe Park in Safety Harbor. Commissioners also approved $500,000 for “arts support.” The exact form that might take is…

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Pinellas County Commission poised to restore funding for the arts

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Pinellas County commissioners indicated they’d be amenable to granting Creative Pinellas $300,000 for increasing programs supporting the arts. During a budget meeting Tuesday, board members heard a presentation from the arts advocacy group in which they requested additional funding for two targeted efforts — marketing and brand growth and project funding and community engagement. “The arts industries are a sound investment,” said Mitzi Gordon, director of Creative Pinellas. According to Gordon, investment in the arts contributes to many key social…

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