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Keith Sabiel is self-funding mayoral challenge in Pinellas Park

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Sandra Bradbury is outraising her challenger for re-election as Mayor of Pinellas Park … sort of. Bradbury has raised more than $7,600 as of February 12. Her opponent, Keith Sabiel, has brought in more than $10,000. But he didn’t raise it. Sabiel is self-funding his mayoral bid. Campaign finance reports show that during the month of January, Sabiel loaned himself $4,500. Then between February 1st and February 12th Sabiel loaned his campaign another $5,500. Meanwhile, Bradbury brought in nearly $4,000 in January.…

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Pinellas Park church’s “white privilege” message draws ire from closet racists

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A church in Pinellas Park is catching flack for a message on its sign calling on white people to use their “privilege” to fight injustice. The reference to white privilege has a bunch of white people in a tizzy claiming, get this, that it’s discriminatory. Yep, you read that right. Some people think a church wanting to fight institutional racism is discriminating against white people. This is probably one of the reasons Pinellas Park, despite having some quite lovely neighborhoods,…

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Pinellas Park mayoral candidates off to slow fundraising start

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Not much is going on in terms of fundraising in Pinellas Park’s mayoral election. Current Mayor Sandra Bradbury and her opponent, Keith Sabiel, both have raised less than $500 for the March election. Bradbury filed a waiver of report for the most recent campaign finance deadline spanning December, which means there was no campaign activity. Prior to that Bradbury had raised just over $430 with $150 coming from Todd Pressman of Pressman & Associates, a government and public affairs consulting…

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Pinellas Park Mayor faces challenger, two City Council members re-elected unopposed

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Two Pinellas Park City Council members won re-election last week unopposed. Seat 3 incumbent Rick Butler and Seat 4 incumbent Jerry Mullins celebrated victory as the qualifying deadline came and went last Tuesday with no challengers filing to run against the incumbents. Current Mayor Sandra Bradbury will face an opponent. Former assistant public works administrator Keith Sabiel is running to replace her. Sabiel ran unsuccessfully for City Council last year. According to his Facebook page, Sabiel was notified last Monday…

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Man charged with threatening Islamic center in Pinellas

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Authorities say a man threatened to firebomb an Islamic center in Florida shortly after the terrorist attacks in Paris. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa reported in a statement that 43-year-old Martin Alan Schnitzler called the Islamic Society of Pinellas County last Friday. The release says he left a voicemail saying he was going to the center to “firebomb you and shoot whoever is there.” FBI agents arrested Schnitzler on Tuesday. He was charged with making a telephonic threat to…

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SINN, the ‘bikini dance club’ next to Scientology’s Life Center in downtown St. Pete, now featuring Amateur Night

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With a homeless population that makes Mumbai seem hospitable, the last thing downtown St. Petersburg needed was a low-grade, white-trash bikini club opening across the street from Williams Park. But there is a certain irony in the fact that this club, with a stripper pole that’s not even attached to the ceiling and dancers that make the strippers in Pinellas Park look like Victoria’s Secret models, opened up next store to the Scientology Life Improvement Center. Still, by several accounts,…

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SINN, the ‘bikini dance club’ next to Scientology’s Life Center in downtown St. Pete, now featuring Amateur Night

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With a homeless population that makes Mumbai seem hospitable, the last thing downtown St. Petersburg needed was a low-grade, white-trash bikini club opening across the street from Williams Park. But there is a certain irony in the fact that this club, with a stripper pole that’s not even attached to the ceiling and dancers that make the strippers in Pinellas Park look like Victoria’s Secret models, opened up next store to the Scientology Life Improvement Center. Still, by several accounts,…

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