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Maximo Elementary principal sued by employee fired after reporting abuse

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A principal assigned to improve one of Pinellas County’s infamous “failure factories” is being sued by a co-worker who reported a student assault, and was fired for her trouble. Lakisha Falana, 42, is principal of Maximo Elementary School, which she took over after the school received three consecutive “F” grades. Falana was previously principal at Tarpon Springs Elementary before she took over the Maximo job in 2014. Emily Marie Vaultonburg, a 35-year-old St. Petersburg resident, served as a behavior specialist…

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St. Pete City Council approves $2.7 million for new police headquarters pre-construction

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St. Pete City Council members unanimously approved $2.7 million to fund pre-construction services for a new police headquarters. Money from the Public Safety Capital Improvement Fund for the police facility project includes money for Ajax Building Corp. for pre-construction and construction phase services, an amended architect and engineering agreement with Harvard Jolly and other miscellaneous costs. The expenditure is part of an overall $70 million appropriation for the entire project. Council members voiced concerns about spending too much on the project,…

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Rick Baker op-ed: Build Destination St. Pete Pier

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Our city has been engaged in a lengthy discussion about the future of our St. Petersburg Pier. In the course of this discussion, the city and county committed $50 million to fund needed repairs to the Pier. The pilings on the approach and first-floor platform are deteriorated beyond repair and must be replaced. The inverted pyramid building itself, and caissons supporting it, have been confirmed to be structurally sound. During the first four years of this decade, the city engaged…

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What the low turnout on voting for a new St. Pete Pier really tells us…

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The Tampa Bay Times ran a column about the St. Pete Pier yesterday by John Romano. He starts it off by saying, “the people have spoken. Or maybe they’ve just cleared their throats.” It’s a great start to a good column and he makes some very solid points. Turnout for the non-binding vote where St. Pete residents 18 and older had the chance to pick their three favorite pier designs was abysmal. There’s no other way to put it. Of…

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