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State transportation agency names Patti Johnson elected official of year

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The Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged has named Pinellas Park City Council member Patti Johnson elected official of the year for 2016. The honor goes to the local, state, and/or federal elected official who has demonstrated his/her support to those who are transportation disadvantaged. This official, the CTD says, has supported his or her constituents by working to ensure mobility options remain available to those who depend on them. This elected official has demonstrated a commitment to assisting individuals maintain independence and…

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Patti Johnson named a finalist for Transportation Disadvantaged’s elected official of the year

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Pinellas Park council member Patti Johnson has been named a finalist for the title of 2016 Elected Official of the Year. The award is given annually by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. The winner will be named Dec. 14 at a banquet in Jacksonville. The award is designed to recognize an elected official who has demonstrated his/her support to those who are transportation disadvantaged. The winner will be someone who has worked to ensure mobility options remain available…

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Pinellas cities slow to take action on location of medical marijuana dispensaries

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Earlier this month, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved the sale of medical marijuana. But that doesn’t mean those who qualify for the medication under Amendment 2 will be getting it anytime soon. That’s because the Florida Department of Health needs to develop regulations and the Legislature is expected to take up the issue in the upcoming session. Even after those hurdles are cleared, it’s unlikely that sick people will be able to drive down to a store on the corner to have…

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PSTA, Uber to announce new partnership

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Earlier this year, the agency that oversees the bus system in Pinellas announced a pilot partnership with Uber that was designed to get people to bus stops. Now, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is prepared to expand that service and to announce another project with Uber. The new program and details of the expanded project will be made at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday as the closing event of the Floridians for Better Transportation Annual Conference at the Don Cesar Beach Resort on St.…

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Pinellas property values jump nearly 8 percent

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Property values across Pinellas County went up by about 7.7 percent, according to Property Appraiser Pam Dubov. The figures are estimates; final numbers are due July 1. The estimates are necessary because they are the numbers that county and city officials use when starting to build their budgets. Estimates are necessary because they are the numbers that county and city officials use when starting to build their budgets. While the County saw a 7.7 percent increase overall in the taxable…

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Pinellas Commission candidate offers transportation solution to enhance tourism

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First-time candidate Martin Hughes says he’s running against incumbent Janet Long because he believes the time for change has come. His campaign theme, he said, can be summarized as “a change we need, a voice we deserve.” Hughes said that, if elected, he would focus more on government accountability and transparency. He also wants an environment that’s more conducive to providing jobs and more outreach to residents. “My vision for the county is I want to represent everyone,” Hughes said.…

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Challenger Mike Mikurak leads incumbent Charlie Justice in fundraising for Pinellas Commission

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Political newcomer Mike Mikurak is outstripping incumbent Charlie Justice by almost two to one when it comes to fundraising for the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County Commission. As of April 30, when the books closed on the most recent fundraising reports, Republican Mikurak had raised $87,505 in cash contributions and another $7,103.98 from in-kind donations. In contrast, Justice, the Democrat, had raised $48,067 in cash and $$2,078.40 from in-kind donations, according to records from the Pinellas County Supervisor…

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