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Rick Baker looks to revive his campaign with ‘blueprint’ for St. Pete

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Even before he officially announced in May that he would challenge Rick Kriseman for mayor of St. Petersburg, Rick Baker was playing offense.

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Donald Trump’s 100-days promises: Fewer than half carried out

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Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It’s also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn’t raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping that vow. Add a Supreme Court justice — no small feat — and call these promises kept. But where’s that wall? Or the promised trade punishment against China — will the Chinese get off scot-free from “the greatest…

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Engineers give Florida a “C” grade for infrastructure

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Florida’s infrastructure is getting a grade of “C” by civil engineers, but that’s still better than the grade of “D+” given to the nation overall. An American Society of Civil Engineers report card released Thursday says investing in infrastructure must be a top priority in Florida given its growing population. The report card looked at all the state’s infrastructure, from transportation to water to energy. Florida’s best score was on bridges, for which it received a “B.” The report card…

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Report: Port Tampa Bay lagging behind other Florida ports

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Port Tampa Bay is lagging behind other Florida seaports when it comes to the throughput of shipping containers, reports WFTS Tampa Bay. Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson exuded plenty of positivity during his 2017 State of the Port address, bragging about “over 37 million tons” of containers coming in, and calling the port “the number one port in the state of Florida.” While it is the largest port in the state, land-wise, WFTS reporter Jarrod Holbrook says Port Tampa Bay is…

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Tampa millennials talk about Hillary Clinton’s infrastructure proposals

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Although discussions of public policy seems to be taking a backseat during this presidential election cycle, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have announced they would propose major plans to rebuild U.S. infrastructure if elected in November. Clinton has announced a five-year, $275 billion plan, and last month, Trump announced his own infrastructure plan would “at least double” Clinton’s plan. But does anyone know what’s in those plans? The Clinton campaign hosted a panel featuring Tampa millennials and former elected lawmakers Monday…

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6th annual Pinellas County public survey runs through this week

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Pinellas County residents can now weigh in on what they think is good and what can still be improved in the county’s services, programs and priorities. The county’s annual residents survey is available online now through 5 p.m. Friday. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete. It asks a series of basic demographic questions including, age, race, sex, income and education level and whether or not the survey-taker is a year-round resident. The survey also asks whether residents…

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Tampa, Jax among least energy efficient cities in America

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Whether it’s the construction of green buildings, pushing more public transit, or investing in sustainable infrastructure, the Sunshine State is practically flunking when it comes to energy efficiency. That’s according to a new scorecard by a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has issued grades to Florida’s four largest cities. Jacksonville got a 26 out of 100 for efficiency. That puts it 40th out of the 51 cities surveyed. Tampa’s at 42, with an even lower score of 25,…

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