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St. Pete Pride officials say they intend to move event downtown

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The St. Pete LGBT Pride Parade is moving to downtown St. Pete. But is it a done deal? Traditionally held in the Historic Kenwood neighborhood and Grand Central District, officials with the annual festival now say the parade in 2017 will move to a downtown staging location, beginning at Albert Whitted Park and proceed along Bayshore Drive to Vinoy Park. Officials say this route crosses fewer intersections than the current route, which will make it easier to secure and provides fewer points of…

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Former City Council member wants current board to reconsider 1:30 a.m. historic designation vote

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Former St. Pete City Council member Jeff Danner wants the current board to re-visit changes to the local historic designation ordinance. During a meeting Thursday, Danner argued council members hurried a decision because they had been in meetings for more than 15 hours. Last month, St. Pete City Council members were tasked with deciding whether or not to lower the threshold required for neighborhoods to kick off a historic designation process. The issue had been brewing for years with local…

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St. Pete City Council delays second historic preservation vote

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Changes to St. Pete’s historic designation process are four years in the making and will have to wait just a little while longer. Council members approved on first reading an ordinance that would make it easier for neighborhoods to apply for historic designation, but opted to hear the measure’s second reading at a much later meeting. Rather than scheduling the ordinance’s next stop at its April 16 meeting, council will wait until July 23 in order to give the city’s preservation…

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St. Pete Nuisance Abatement board rejects public comment for quasi-judicial hearings

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St. Pete’s Nuisance Abatement Board will not hear public comment during quasi-judicial hearings despite public outcry to do so. Following a series of legislative decisions exempting quasi-judicial hearings from a public comment requirement, the board changed its rules to eliminate opportunity for individuals to address the board in such hearings. Prior to a hearing last week involving the New Plaza Motel and Cactus Charlie’s bar on 34 Street, numerous residents – most from the Historic Kenwood neighborhood that backs up…

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Confirmed: St. Petersburg Times dropping lawsuit fighting City of St. Petersburg’s solicitation ban

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***Updated – 5:48 p.m.*** The Times is now running a story also confirms my report, although there is still no comment from Times Publishing Co. ***Updated – 3:38 p.m.*** Spoke with Councilman Jeff Danner, who confirms my earlier account that he was told by City Attorney John Wolfe that the Times is seeking to drop the lawsuit so long as the City does not seek compensation for legal expenses. — Hearing, just hearing, that the  Times Publishing Co. has dropped the…

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Confirmed: St. Petersburg Times dropping lawsuit fighting City of St. Petersburg’s solicitation ban

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***Updated – 5:48 p.m.*** The Times is now running a story also confirms my report, although there is still no comment from Times Publishing Co. ***Updated – 3:38 p.m.*** Spoke with Councilman Jeff Danner who confirms my earlier account that he was told by City Attorney John Wolfe that the Times is seeking to drop the lawsuit so long as the City does not seek compensation for legal expenses. — Hearing, just hearing, that the  Times Publishing Co. has dropped the…

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Protest of Times lawsuit against City of St. Petersburg planned for Sunday

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Looks like Jim Longstreth is organizing a protest of the St. Petersburg Times‘ lawsuit against the City of St. Petersburg over the solicitation ban is planned for this Sunday.  From the Facebook page: This is a peaceful protest against the St. Pete Times regarding the ridiculous lawsuit against the city of St. Petersburg regarding the new ban on street solicitation. This ban includes but is not limited to street vendors selling newspapers, panhandlers and fundraising initiatives. The ordinance prohibits any…

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