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Ending homelessness among veterans by the end of the year: Difficult but not impossible

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The Obama administration’s goal to eliminate homelessness among military veterans by the end of the year could be a difficult mission as tens of thousands of vets remain on the streets, including perhaps 3,000 in Florida. A point-in-time count in February around the Tampa Bay area counted nearly 400 veterans living on the streets of Pinellas County. In Hillsborough County, 181 vets were without homes. That number represents a 42 percent drop from the previous year, but was more than…

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It’ll cost, but now you can park for longer in St. Petersburg

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Longer on-street parking and resident discounts will be allowed under changes to St. Petersburg’s mobile payment parking. Residents and business owners have long complained about the lack of long-term street parking in the downtown area with two- to three-hour limits for most spaces. Under the new plan, residents can pay a premium for spending up to six hours in a space. While they may pay more for longer on-street parking, residents registered with the Parkmobile mobile application will no longer…

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Today on Context Florida: Hillary Clinton wins Florida, healthcare costs, Chris Christie, homelessness and women-owned business

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Today on Context Florida: Steve Schale explains why Hillary Clinton should easily defeat Bernie Sanders in Florida’s presidential primary. For the first time in a while, the Florida Democratic Primary will mean something.  For Bernie Sanders, it is a chance to prove he can win a big, diverse state.  For Hillary Clinton, it is an opportunity to solidify her position as the party’s standard-bearer. Yet, unless something dramatic changes, Schale says Clinton will win Florida and firmly position herself as the…

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What happens to the homeless in Williams Park when the buses go away?

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On a sunny day, the lush green lawn at Williams Park in downtown St. Pete is scattered with people lying on the grass on tattered blankets with garbage bags full of clothes and other belongings propped under heads as pillows. Last Saturday, the scene was different. Heavy rain and thunderstorms rolled through St. Pete most of the day sending the dozens and dozens of people taking up residence in Williams Park scattering to shelter in one of the many bus…

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Rick Kriseman asks for residents’ help to eradicate Veteran homelessness by year-end

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is nearing the end of a deadline he agreed to last year. In a 2014 call from First Lady Michelle Obama, Kriseman joined “The Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness,” seeking to end chronic homelessness among our nation’s veterans by the end of this year. “I am calling on property owners and landlords in our community to join forces with local government, veteran organizations, and social service providers to help provide housing for the brave…

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Rick Kriseman is pleased with state budget

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The Florida Legislature agreed on an $80 billion budget late Monday night after a highly contentious legislative session and special session. The budget includes several wins for St. Pete. The biggest win for St. Pete is a $12.3 million appropriation for the USF St. Pete School of Business. “I join our friends at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg in celebrating the $12.3 million for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business,” St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman wrote in…

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Can Jamie Bennett make a comeback?

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There are two interpretations of this photo of Jamie Bennett posted on his revamped, albeit underwhelming Facebook profile (please Jamie, update your Twitter account — it’s been 44 days.) On one hand, the picture shows the Jamie we all know and love; BBQ Jamie, happily grilling sausages at a too low-key event for his remaining volunteers. On the other hand, there is a man with more gray hair than he had six months ago, a loss of hair color for…

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