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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 5 – Curbside recycling

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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 newsworthy happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 5: Curbside recycling When word first got out that universal curbside recycling was coming to St. Peteresburg, many residents were pleased. After all, St. Pete was the last major Florida city…

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Mansion-owning neighbors along St. Pete’s Coffee Pot Bayou suing over a dock

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Here’s a classic example of rich people problems. Two couples living on waterfront property along Coffee Pot Boulevard in Old Northeast in homes valued of upwards of $1 million each, are bickering over a dock. Todd and Barbara McCallister are suing Yueh-Chao and Dan Richardson to have the couple’s dock removed. The McCallister’s say it encroaches onto their own dock space. The McCallister’s – whose home is worth $1.36 million compared to the Richardson’s paltry $1.18 million – want a…

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Old Northeast HOA supports recycling, but not as-is

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The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association has officially come forward with complaints about St. Pete’s new curbside recycling program. It’s the curbside part they have a problem with. While several residents in the neighborhood have sent emails to city staff, the Mayor’s office and City Council, the association has now put it’s group into the mix. In a letter sent to Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council, HONNA president Peter Motzenbecker said the association supports recycling, but not curbside pickup.…

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St. Pete City Council delays second historic preservation vote

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Changes to St. Pete’s historic designation process are four years in the making and will have to wait just a little while longer. Council members approved on first reading an ordinance that would make it easier for neighborhoods to apply for historic designation, but opted to hear the measure’s second reading at a much later meeting. Rather than scheduling the ordinance’s next stop at its April 16 meeting, council will wait until July 23 in order to give the city’s preservation…

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The Broken Windows of 38th Avenue and First Street North

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Campaigning for mayor of St. Petersburg, Bill Foster’s first promise was that he would “adopt a ‘broken windows’ philosophy when it came to crime prevention, which according to Foster’s campaign website, means stopping minor offenses in order to prevent major crimes. The “broken windows” theory stems from an article titled “Broken Windows” by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, which appeared in the March 1982 edition of The Atlantic Monthly: Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not…

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Sign of the times? Dollar General store opening in Old Northeast St. Pete

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Just noticed that a Dollar General store is opening in Old Northeast St. Petersburg, right next to the Gold’s Gym.

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Winners & Losers from yesterday’s primary

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Forget about Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster winning, there were plenty of other Winners and Losers who emerged from the St. Petersburg Mayoral Primary. Here’s a list of who really won and who really, really lost. The Architects, the Maestros, or whatever they call campaign managers nowadays: Steve Lipinski and Darden Rice. Lapinski, Steve Kornell’s campaign manager, has put together a streak of impressive wins by paying attention to the details. Rice, who is quarterbacking Karl Nurse’s re-election effort, deserves…

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