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Shawn Harrison slams Lisa Montelione in new TV ad in HD 63 race

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Shawn Harrison is hitting Lisa Montelione hard in the final days of their competitive House District 63 race. The ad begins as an homage of sorts to Montelione’s own television ad released last month, which depicted a commercial film set with a director, cameraman, technical crew — but no candidate. “Seen the Lisa Montelione commercial? You know, the one where she doesn’t show up,” asks the narrator at the beginning of Harrison’s ad, titled, “Where’s Lisa?” “Well, Montelione doesn’t show up as a Tampa City Councilwoman either,” as the…

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Florida Senate’s underground parking closed for 2 more years

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The Florida Senate’s underground parking garage won’t reopen for another two years, a state spokeswoman said Monday. It’ll be June 2018 before senators and staffers will again be able to park under the Capitol complex, according to Maggie Mickler, spokeswoman for the Department of Management Services (DMS), which oversees the Capitol. Meantime, DMS has been working with the Senate to assign them new long-term spots. For now, daily Senate employees park in the central underground Capitol garage and downtown surface lots D and E,…

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It’ll cost, but now you can park for longer in St. Petersburg

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Longer on-street parking and resident discounts will be allowed under changes to St. Petersburg’s mobile payment parking. Residents and business owners have long complained about the lack of long-term street parking in the downtown area with two- to three-hour limits for most spaces. Under the new plan, residents can pay a premium for spending up to six hours in a space. While they may pay more for longer on-street parking, residents registered with the Parkmobile mobile application will no longer…

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Today on Context Florida: The Republican problem, Rick Scott & the environment, unfairness in politics and Key West parking

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Today on Context Florida: As a preacher’s kid who grew up in the South, Jac VerSteeg values politeness. It is a given that, when you encounter a governor in a coffee shop, you do not yell, “You are an a**hole!” Nevertheless, Cara Jennings’ crude outburst in a Gainesville Starbucks provides an insight that if taken to heart might benefit the Republican Party, whose presidential frontrunners are Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. The party has an a**hole problem. Diane Roberts asks if…

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Back-in parking coming soon to St. Petersburg

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In about a month downtown St. Petersburg will have about 30 new parking spaces. Some of them will be a little different than what people are used to in the area. Instead of carefully maneuvering into parallel parking spots or easily gliding into angled spaces, motorists will back into the newly planned reverse-angle parking. Now when motorists are lucky enough to find a spot along Central Avenue, they park in an angled spot going in the same direction as their…

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St. Pete to host final public workshop on downtown parking

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St. Pete residents fed up with downtown parking will get a chance to weigh in on the issue this Wednesday at a public workshop at the Museum of Fine Arts on Beach Drive. The meeting unveiling the city’s draft parking study begins at 6:15 p.m. and is expected to run until 8:00. The study introduces preliminary results looking at existing and future parking conditions throughout downtown. Officials will give members of the community an opportunity to ask questions and provide…

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For five years, City of St. Pete has been waiving parking tickets for business patrons; who knew?

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There’s a nifty little box on the City of St. Petersburg’s home page that announces the current temperature and three random city factoids that change each time the web page is refreshed. One of those little tidbits is the number of parking citations forgiven — 5,738 as of Wednesday. That’s a weird piece of data to brag about on a website, right? So, here’s why someone at the city thought it was a good number to tout on the Internet.…

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