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Saturday kicks off new era for St. Petersburg City Council

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Two St. Petersburg City Council members are getting ready to leave City Hall after eight years of service. That means two more are getting ready to take their places. Bill Dudley and Wengay Newton both served the maximum two terms allowed under the city charter with passion and conviction, and they will be missed. But it’s time to pass the torch to their successors. At 10 a.m. Saturday at City Hall, Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Ed Montanari will be sworn in…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 1 – Lisa Wheeler-Brown

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top 10 most newsworthy happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 1 – Lisa Wheeler-Brown Lisa Wheeler-Brown will replace Wengay Newton on St. Pete City Council in January and it’s a big deal. For a lot of reasons, Wheeler-Brown’s campaign and subsequent…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 4 — Tropicana Field

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most interesting happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 4 — Tropicana Field The debate over what to do with low attendance at Tampa Bay Rays games has been going on for years transcending multiple Mayors. Never has the issue…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 6 – Tampa Bay Times’ love affair with Rays

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top ten most prolific happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heart break, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 6 – Tampa Bay Times’ love affair with Rays The Tampa Bay Times has been an icon of local news for decades. To this day residents can’t get through a…

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St. Petersburg’s elected officials have plenty to be thankful for

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It’s that time of year again. Families all over the country are looking forward to a short week and getting ready to join families in saying thanks for all the many things of which they are grateful. Sure, the usual friends, family and health are likely to top the lists, but local St. Pete officials and various politicos each have a unique list of reasons they should include this Thanksgiving. St. Pete is hot off one of its most contentious…

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s victory highlights St. Pete’s progressive shift

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Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s City Council victory Tuesday wasn’t just a victory for her – it was a victory for women. For the first time in St. Petersburg’s history three of the city’s eight council members will be women. And that represents a win for diversity in general. The current council, and the one that will still exist after inaugurations in January, also contains three openly gay councilmembers including the two women currently on council, Darden Rice and Amy Foster, and Steve…

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Could Rick Kriseman’s City Council win really be a loss?

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In SaintPetersBlog publisher Peter Schorsch’s rundown of winners and losers from the St. Pete City Council election this week, he counts Mayor Rick Krisemn among the winners. “With [Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s] victory, he has another ally on City Council and the fifth vote for his deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. The mayor also deserves credit for not appearing to put too heavy a thumb on the scale for his preferred candidate,” Schorsch wrote. Indeed, that is a win for the…

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