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John Morroni to chair Forward Pinellas board next year

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Forward Pinellas, the transportation and land use planning agency for Pinellas County, has new board leadership and several new members going into 2017. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni will serve as the board’s chair; Clearwater Commissioner Doreen Caudell, vice chair; Indian Rocks Beach Commissioner Cookie Kennedy, treasurer; and Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers, secretary. All votes were unanimous. Forward Pinellas is the organization formed by the merger of the Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Pinellas Planning Council. Forward Pinellas is…

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State transportation agency names Patti Johnson elected official of year

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The Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged has named Pinellas Park City Council member Patti Johnson elected official of the year for 2016. The honor goes to the local, state, and/or federal elected official who has demonstrated his/her support to those who are transportation disadvantaged. This official, the CTD says, has supported his or her constituents by working to ensure mobility options remain available to those who depend on them. This elected official has demonstrated a commitment to assisting individuals maintain independence and…

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Pinellas cities slow to take action on location of medical marijuana dispensaries

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Earlier this month, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of medical marijuana. But that doesn’t mean those who qualify for the medication under Amendment 2 will be getting it anytime soon. That’s because the Florida Department of Health needs to develop regulations and the Legislature is expected to take up the issue in the upcoming session. Even after those hurdles are cleared, it’s unlikely that sick people will be able to drive down to a store on the corner to have…

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St. Pete City Council agrees to hire consultant to help develop ‘complete streets’

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St. Petersburg City Council members unanimously voted Thursday to spend up to $194,700 for consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates to help develop the complete streets program. Among Kimley-Horn’s duties will be to provide design guidance in developing St. Petersburg’s complete streets program and to update the city trails master plan. Council members adopted the concept of complete streets last year. “Complete streets” is a design concept that requires roads to be designed with an eye to safety and to ease of…

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It’s dangerous to be a pedestrian in Pinellas County, traffic report says

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Pinellas County has the highest fatality rate for pedestrians involved in traffic crashes among urbanized Florida counties, according to an annual report of traffic crashes. The 2016 Traffic Crash Trends and Conditions Report was presented Wednesday to Forward Pinellas. It also showed Pinellas with a pedestrian fatality rate that was 80 percent higher than the national average over the five-year period from 2011-2015. When compared with Palm Beach, Orange, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Broward counties, Pinellas ranked No. 1 in pedestrian…

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Pinellas County receives $7.1 million in state funding for trail projects

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Two major projects connecting and completing Pinellas County trails have received $7.1 million in funding from the Florida Department of Transportation’s SUN Trail program. The grants were part of the total $44.4 million the SUN Trail program awarded across the state. The bulk of the money — $5.7 million — will go for construction to close a gap in the Duke Energy Trail between Chestnut Park in Clearwater and Enterprise Road, a key part of completing the Pinellas Trail Loop around the…

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Forward Pinellas approves “complete streets” program

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Forward Pinellas board members approved a “complete streets” program Wednesday and a pilot project to show how it will work. The pilot project will focus on West Bay Drive between the Clearwater-Largo Road and the bridge leading from Belleair Bluffs to the beaches. The goal will be to develop a concept that would eventually transform that stretch of road from one inhospitable to pedestrians and bicyclists into one that’s safe and inviting for cars, pedestrians, bicycles and other forms of…

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