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Pinellas cities slow to take action on location of medical marijuana dispensaries

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Earlier this month, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of medical marijuana. But that doesn’t mean those who qualify for the medication under Amendment 2 will be getting it anytime soon. That’s because the Florida Department of Health needs to develop regulations and the Legislature is expected to take up the issue in the upcoming session. Even after those hurdles are cleared, it’s unlikely that sick people will be able to drive down to a store on the corner to have…

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Armed Forces History Museum to close

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Saying it can no longer afford to stay open, the Armed Forces History Museum announced Wednesday that it is closing. It will shut its doors for the last time Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. The museum was the brainchild of the late John J. Piazza, Sr. who founded it on Aug. 16, 2008. He stocked it with military memorabilia ranging from grenades to tanks that he had collected over 55 years. The museum won many awards and was critically acclaimed.…

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Darden Rice named outstanding ‘green’ elected official

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St. Petersburg Council member Darden Rice has been named the outstanding green elected official by the U.S. Green Building Council Florida Gulf Coast Region. The nonprofit organization’s seventh annual LEEDership Awards celebration earlier this month recognized and honored outstanding projects, businesses, volunteers and individuals, and instrumental Chapter members who are LEEDing the way to a more sustainable built environment in the Florida Gulf Coast community. LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes…

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Lawmakers learn Pinellas is responsible for half of Florida’s wastewater overflow this year

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Lack of capacity, deteriorating sewer lines, broken equipment, and an immense amount of rain are to blame for overwhelmed sewer systems that have dumped more than 248 million gallons of untreated and partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waterways so far this year. Those explanations, provided to the county’s legislative delegation during a fact-finding session Tuesday, did not sit well with at least one delegation member. “I get frustrated when I hear excuses and I hear climate change,”…

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Woody Brown, Jamie Robinson re-elected in Largo

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Mayor Woody Brown and Commissioner Jamie Robinson were re-elected to the Largo City Commission when no one showed up to run against them by the closing of qualifying Friday. Largo voters will have a chance to go to the polls to choose between Curtis Holmes and Neil McMullen who are running for Seat 3. “I’m happy,” Brown said Monday. Not having an opponent, Brown said, means he can focus on what’s happening in the city and the commission’s projects. This…

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Pinellas property values jump nearly 8 percent

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Property values across Pinellas County went up by about 7.7 percent, according to Property Appraiser Pam Dubov. The figures are estimates; final numbers are due July 1. The estimates are necessary because they are the numbers that county and city officials use when starting to build their budgets. Estimates are necessary because they are the numbers that county and city officials use when starting to build their budgets. While the County saw a 7.7 percent increase overall in the taxable…

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Pinellas Commission candidate offers transportation solution to enhance tourism

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First-time candidate Martin Hughes says he’s running against incumbent Janet Long because he believes the time for change has come. His campaign theme, he said, can be summarized as “a change we need, a voice we deserve.” Hughes said that, if elected, he would focus more on government accountability and transparency. He also wants an environment that’s more conducive to providing jobs and more outreach to residents. “My vision for the county is I want to represent everyone,” Hughes said.…

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