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St. Pete City Council approves Rays deal

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The Tampa Bay Rays can begin the long-awaited process of looking for a new stadium site outside of St. Pete in Pinellas or Hillsborough County. St. Pete City Council approved a new Memorandum of Understanding 5-3. Council voted as many expected with veteran council members and longtime deal naysayers Steve Kornell and Jim Kennedy rejecting the latest proposal. New council member Ed Montanari joined the two in voting against the deal. Newly elected council member Lisa Wheeler-Brown was the deciding…

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Rays stadium saga finale: How long will it take?

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If there is one thing reporters and the most civically engaged of St. Pete residents know it’s that high-profile topics coming up at 3 p.m. City Council meetings spell one very, very late night. I once had to watch my oldest daughter’s school play that she had been rehearsing for months with one eye on my laptop at the very back of the auditorium with one earbud in because an 8:30 a.m. meeting had dragged on well into the evening.…

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Activists push progressive agenda for 2016 Legislative Session

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On the eve of this year’s Legislative Session, Tampa Bay area activists took to St. Pete City Hall to drum up support for a variety of legislative priorities. Backed by more than a dozen supporters waving signs, the most immediate push was the Fight for $15 movement to raise the minimum wage. Putting a new face to the fight was St. Pete’s newest City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Brown. “I live in midtown where people work hard, and they deserve a…

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The Rays deal: What does it all mean?

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It’s been a little more than a year since the first round of Rick Kriseman administration excitement over a proposed deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Closing out his first year in office, St. Pete’s mayor managed to emerge from Tropicana Field practically holding hands with Brian Auld, the team’s president, with a deal in hand. Queue the City Council rejection. Since then the saga has been a whirlwind of Kriseman’s testy comments to stubborn council members who refused to…

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Toast of the Bay/Dump in the Bay: Rick Kriseman and Jamal Bryant

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As a growing center of arts and culture, a booming mecca of craft beer and gastropubs and an emerging epicenter of millennial life, St. Pete is churning out headlines quicker than it ever has before. The city find itself a growing part of regional and even national conversations with a progressive mayor on the forefront of new policy ideas aimed at lifting people in poverty, promoting diversity and increasing sustainability. Because of the city’s emergence as a regional powerhouse, it…

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No, there won’t be a vote this week on new Rays deal

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There will not be a vote on a new Rays deal this week. St. Pete City Council Chairwoman Amy Foster confirmed Wednesday that there was no chance a deal – brokered between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays to allow the team to look for stadium sites outside of St. Pete – would be voted on at Thursday’s meeting. Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Kriseman’s intent was to put a vote before council on Thursday. However,…

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New City Council means new things for St. Pete

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Two new St. Pete City Council members will cast their first votes from the dais at City Hall this week. Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Ed Montanari will take over for Wengay Newton and Bill Dudley who represented their districts and the city for eight years. With a new council comes a whole new era in St. Pete politics. But what will that look like? The obvious is the expected end to the longstanding stalemate over the Tampa Bay Rays and Tropicana…

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