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St. Pete City Attorney John Wolfe steps down this week

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St. Pete City Attorney John Wolfe is signing off from his longtime post as top lawyer in city government. And he’s leaving behind his right-hand lady, Jackie Kovilaritch, to fill his shoes. Wolfe, as noted by Shadow of the Stadium blogger Noah Pransky, is the man behind the original Rays contract keeping them from searching, or even talking about searching, for a new stadium outside of St. Pete. The use agreement drafted by Wolfe ties the Tampa Bay Rays to…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times (6/16)

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Before I write about the issue du jour, let me just tell you how absolutely proud I am to have written a post mentioning the St. Petersburg Times that ended up in Urban Dictionary.  Yes, the post involved the word “taint” and it’s moments like this that make life worth living. Also, stop the presses, outgoing Times food critic Laura Reiley actually wrote a review that does not end with the awarding of 2.5 stars. In this case, she awarded…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times (6/16)

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Before I write about the issue du jour, let me just tell you how absolutely proud I am to have written a post mentioning the St. Petersburg Times that ended up in Urban Dictionary.  Yes, the post involved the word “taint” and it’s moments like this that make life worth living. Also, stop the presses, outgoing Times food critic Laura Reiley actually wrote a review that does not end with the awarding of 2.5 stars. In this case, she awarded…

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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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I guess Kathleen Ford was right about one thing: St. Petersburg Council advised not to meet with baseball coalition

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The St. Petersburg City Council was advised this week not to meet with a coalition of businessmen and community leaders who are recommending that the Tampa Bay Rays need a new baseball stadium. Any discussions about a new stadium “should be between the Rays and the City,” City attorney John Wolfe and senior administrator Rick Mussett wrote Tuesday in a memo to the City Council. “No third party should be interfering” with the lease agreement on Tropicana Field, “and the…

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Steve Corsetti, you have my apologies, but I have to endorse you — but first, another rant about Kathleen Ford

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In case any of you are wondering what political life would be like under a Kathleen Ford administration, this past week offered a glimpse of things to come. The debate over whether to vacate the sidewalk in front of BayWalk has nothing to do with Kathleen Ford. Not in the least. But an already fractious debate became more decisive the moment Ford announced she opposed the plan. Suddenly, lines were drawn and positions hardened. And this was an issue to…

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