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Mitch Perry Report for 8.12.15 — Hot fun in the summertime?

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Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the legendary Live-Aid concerts that took place in Philadelphia and London. One of the breakout stars of that historic occasion, Boy George, will apparently be in the Tampa Bay area this weekend. That’s right: Culture Club is headlining a group of ’80s and ’90s bands that will be playing all day this Saturday at R.O.C. Park, a new facility filled with softball parks located in Madeira Beach. I first heard of this show when listening to…

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Judithanne McLauchlan thinking seriously of running in HD 69 next year

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USFSP Political Science professor Judithanne McLauchlan endured a rough and tumble campaign in her first bid for political office in 2014, but the Madeira Beach-based Democrat says her continued frustration with the Florida Legislature is prompting her to seriously consider a run for the Legislature in 2016. She’s considering a run in House District 69, currently occupied by Pasadena Republican Kathleen Peters. The district encompasses southern Pinellas County, stretching from Redington Shores to St. Pete Beach. “I’m thinking about it,”…

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David Jolly tours John’s Pass to highlight fight against illegal fishing

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly toured the John’s Pass waterfront this week to highlight the impact of illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico on the region’s fishing industry. The Indian Shores Republican was among 20 co-sponsors of HR 774, a bipartisan bill implementing the Port State Measures Agreement, commonly known as the Pirate Fishing Elimination Act. Introduced in the House National Resources Committee, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the bill last year. The Act would strengthen port inspections of foreign…

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2015 Legislative Session Preview: Will Airbnb make itself at home in Florida?

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What does it mean to own property? Are app-based lodging and transportation services showing the way toward an enlightened age of the Sharing Economy or simply enabling a kindler, gentler gentrification? Can I crash at your parents’ house in Boca for 70 bucks a night? As Airbnb expands its presence in Florida, such are the stakes in the looming fracas over short term rentals. Since 2008 Airbnb has hosted listings for individuals with spare rooms — or even, controversially, spare residences — to rent…

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