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New St. Pete Public Works Administrator officially welcomed to the Sunshine City

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Claude Tankersley began his post as St. Pete’s public works administrator this month. During an unrelated workshop Thursday, City Council members officially welcomed him to the city. “My motto is that it’s very important to keep the public in public works,” Tankersley said. “I like to make sure that I know our constituents as well as I can. When we have unfortunate crises, they’re more willing to help us find solutions.” Tankersley’s statement is fitting considering the terms by which…

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Bradenton engineer to run St. Pete’s public works

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Claude Tankersley will replace former St. Petersburg Public Works Administrator Mike Connors. Tankersley comes to the city from Bradenton where he worked in a similar capacity as Public Works director. He’ll begin mid-February and take over for Tom Gibson who has been interim head of public works since Connor’s departure in late August. “I am incredibly pleased to have Claude join our team in the Sunshine City and provide our Public Works Administration with new leadership and direction,” Mayor Rick…

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Pier Park critics’ points are a stretch at best

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Don’t be fooled by misinformation being shared by Pier Park critics. Over the past several hours, numerous posts have appeared on the Vote on the Pier Facebook page that contain incorrect, misleading or overly dramatized postulations. A post Wednesday night asks, “who is the lead on the Pier Park design?” The post points out that ASD, the local architecture firm working on the project, is a “progressive interior design” firm and the larger firm, Rogers Partners, is not local. That’s mostly…

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St. Pete’s public works chief Mike Connors retires abruptly

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St. Pete public works administrator Mike Connors is retiring from his post effective immediately. “After a weekend of contemplation, I decided to discuss my retirement with Mayor Kriseman this morning. Following our discussion, the mayor and I have mutually agreed to my retirement, effective today,” Connors wrote in a statement. “I look forward to new adventures and challenges, as well as more time with my wife and family. I thank the City for the opportunity to serve for nearly three…

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Fences will not come down around the Pier

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Wengay Newton will not pursue his request to remove the fence around the St. Petersburg Pier and replace it with contracted security. During a City Council meeting Thursday, Newton was told permits to demolish the inverted pyramid should be finalized within 30 days. “We expect the terms and conditions to be agreed to and the terms to be agreed to in less than one week,” said St. Pete Public Works Administrator Mike Connors. He said he expects to have a…

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Could the Times be celebrating Mike Connors’ slash in responsibility?

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The Tampa Bay Times posted a scathing story about St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman’s scaling back of a key staffer’s role. Public Works Administrator Mike Connors will oversee 200 fewer employees as a result of a staffing change that removes him from power over the city’s sanitation department, which includes its newly rolled out recycling program. He also is being removed as the head of the city’s purchasing department, which oversaw the purchase of seven recycling pickup trucks. Despite the…

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Construction fences to go up around Pier next week

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Fences will go up as soon as next week in preparation to demolish the existing St. Pete Pier. St. Pete City Council members approved several items related to constructing a new Pier, including demolishing the current one, during a meeting Thursday. According to Public Works Administrator Mike Connors, the city is prepared to fence off the area beginning next week. The city can begin demolition of the inverted pyramid almost immediately because that project is already permitted. Demolition of other…

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