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Lealman Community Redevelopment Agency

Pinellas Commission adopts plan for Lealman CRA, changes name

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Pinellas commissioners unanimously adopted a plan Tuesday that will serve as the framework for improvements in the area. The approval was the final step before the county makes a major push to improve that unincorporated area. Lealman, one of the county’s poorest communities, is generally located between St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park and between I-275 and Park Street. It is divided in half by Kenneth City. The Lealman Community Redevelopment Area, the first in unincorporated Pinellas, is centered on lands…

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Pinellas tax rate expected to stay the same

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Pinellas property owners can expect their county property tax rate to remain the same in the coming fiscal year, according to County Administrator Mark Woodard. The current tax rate is about $5.28 per thousand dollars of assessed, taxable property value. A homeowner with a house worth $150,000 with a $50,000 homestead exemption will pay about $528 in county property taxes. Woodard made the prediction Thursday morning during a budget workshop with county commission members. He also unveiled a list totaling…

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Pinellas Commission’s next step in banning fracking – ban drilling wells

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Pinellas commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to hold a public hearing on a proposal to ban fracking in the county. The public hearing would be the final step before the commission would vote whether to enact an embargo. Although commissioners were wholeheartedly for the fracking ban, some wondered if the prohibition goes far enough. They wondered if the county should also ban exploratory well drilling in the county and the portion of the Gulf that comes under their jurisdiction. “I think…

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