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Pinellas legislative delegation could dissolve contractor licensing board

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Members of the Pinellas Legislative Delegation are scheduled to consider a local bill to dissolve the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. The bill is one of two regarding the PCCLB sponsored by state Rep. Larry Ahern and state Sen. Jack Latvala. A local bill applies to a certain area only, rather than the entire state. In this case, the law would only affect the PCCLB, not any other licensing boards. The other bill would increase the number of members of the board…

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Pinellas legislative delegation schedules meeting next week

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State Sen. Jack Latvala, chair of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation, has scheduled the second regular public hearing for the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive in Largo. The library is located in the Central Park complex near the intersection of Missouri and East Bay Drive. This meeting will include voting on proposed local bills, presentations focusing on jobs and economic…

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Pinellas Legislative Delegation to consider changes to construction licensing board

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Responding to a request from Charlie Justice, the Pinellas Legislative Delegation will consider changing the way members of the Construction Licensing Board are chosen. State Sen. Jack Latvala, the delegation chair, called on state Rep. Larry Ahern to come up with a plan by the delegation’s Jan. 31 meeting. State Sen. Jeff Brandes said he wanted Ahern to consider dissolving the board so it would come under control of the Pinellas County Commission. The licensing board, created in 1973, regulates…

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Pinellas Legislative Delegation hears from frustrated beach mayor, homeowners

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Redington Beach Mayor Nick Simons and four of his constituents came to ask members of Pinellas’ Legislative Delegation to help municipalities that want to regulate short-term, vacation rentals. Delegations members heard their pain and frustration and made a move toward helping Redington Beach and a similar problem in Indian Rocks Beach. But they showed no interest in working to loosen restrictions on municipalities and counties that want the power to regulate those type rentals. “I want to see this problem…

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Jack Latvala open to state aid for homeowners needing sewer fixes

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State lawmakers had harsh words for St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman during a meeting Wednesday to discuss sewage overflows. “I caution you on anymore overflows,” state Rep. Kathleen Peters, a Republican who represents House District 69 in the Florida Legislature. “Please be Superman and make sure there is not another overflow.” Kriseman had just given members of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation an update on the progress St. Petersburg has made to solving sewage woes. During two tropical storms this…

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St. Pete Council agrees to spend an additional $3 million to continue sewer repairs, replacements

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St. Petersburg City Council members agreed Thursday to renew a contract for the repair and replacement of the sanitary sewer system. The $3.3 million the council agreed to spend in 2017 brings the total to about $9.5 million the city has spent on renewal and repair of the system since 2013. The contract with All American Concrete is part of the city’s plan for the renewal and restoration of the wastewater collection system. The vote came on the heels of…

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Rick Kriseman suspends two city directors in wake of sewer tangle

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has placed two mid-level city employees on unpaid leave in the wake of allegations that city officials knew that closing the Albert Whitted sewer facility could cause flooding. Kriseman said he plans to address the City Council on Thursday about the status of an independent review, the management study of the water resources department, and the plan for the two directors. Kriseman made the announcement in a short release Wednesday: “Mayor Rick Kriseman has placed…

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