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Corey Givens Jr. says he’s ready to serve on the St. Petersburg City Council

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Corey Givens Jr. isn’t even 25 years old, yet the millennial activist is immersed in a panoply of local organizations in St. Petersburg. In addition to being president of the Lakewood Terrace Neighborhood Association, he serves on the local chapters of the NAACP, the Sierra Club and the Citizens Advisory Council for the South St. Pete CRA.  And now he’s running for the St. Petersburg District 6 City Council seat being vacated this year by Karl Nurse, who is term limited. “I want to focus on…

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David Jolly presents flag at Ray Neri’s memorial service

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Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly on Wednesday presented an American flag to Laura Neri, the widow of community activist Ray Neri, who died Jan. 3. The flag was one that U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis had had flown over the Capitol especially for Mrs. Neri. “Ray Neri was a special person,” Jolly said. “Ray touched peoples’ lives.” Jolly was only one of many of Pinellas’ political leaders who came to Neri’s memorial service. Others included Pinellas County commissioners  Pat Gerard, Karen…

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John Morroni to chair Forward Pinellas board next year

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Forward Pinellas, the transportation and land use planning agency for Pinellas County, has new board leadership and several new members going into 2017. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni will serve as the board’s chair; Clearwater Commissioner Doreen Caudell, vice chair; Indian Rocks Beach Commissioner Cookie Kennedy, treasurer; and Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers, secretary. All votes were unanimous. Forward Pinellas is the organization formed by the merger of the Pinellas Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Pinellas Planning Council. Forward Pinellas is…

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Pinellas County launching educational campaign to renew Penny for Pinellas

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Pinellas residents can expect to hear a lot next year about the number of roads, fire stations, parks, buildings and other projects the county and cities have constructed during the past 30 years. Residents will also hear a lot about construction planned for Pinellas’ future. It’s all part of an education campaign that the county and municipal governments will undertake as they try to persuade Pinellas voters to renew the Penny for Pinellas sales tax for the fourth time. If…

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Janet Long elected chair of Pinellas County Commission

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The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners elected a new chair and vice chair for 2017 on Tuesday. Janet Long was elected chair. Ken Welch will serve as vice chair. Both choices received a unanimous vote from the seven-member commission. The two will serve for a year. Their terms begin in January. Long is succeeding Commissioner Charlie Justice who served as chair for 2016. Welch will succeed Long, who is the current vice chair. “I’m truly honored and humbled to…

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Shock, regret greet news of Bill Law’s resignation

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St. Petersburg College President Bill Law’s announcement Tuesday that he plans to resign no later than July 1 caught people by surprise. Jim Olliver, the retired provost of SPC’s Seminole campus, said the college has a protocol when someone of that level decides to leave. That protocol includes a prepared press release and photo that can be issued right after the announcement. In Law’s case, college officials were left scrambling after his announcement during the Board of Trustees meeting. First,…

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Congressman, civil rights icon John Lewis: Vote, vote, vote

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Civil rights icon John Lewis, now a congressman from Georgia, came to St. Petersburg on Wednesday to support former Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent David Jolly for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Lewis, who has represented Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1986, said he had followed Crist’s career. “I’m delighted and very pleased and honored to be standing here with you,” Lewis told Crist. “I’m here to support you. I’m looking forward to getting things…

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