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David Jolly presents flag at Ray Neri’s memorial service

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Former U.S. Rep. David Jolly on Wednesday presented an American flag to Laura Neri, the widow of community activist Ray Neri, who died Jan. 3. The flag was one that U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis had had flown over the Capitol especially for Mrs. Neri. “Ray Neri was a special person,” Jolly said. “Ray touched peoples’ lives.” Jolly was only one of many of Pinellas’ political leaders who came to Neri’s memorial service. Others included Pinellas County commissioners  Pat Gerard, Karen…

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‘Mr. Lealman’ Ray Neri dies

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Ray Neri, the man who put the unincorporated Lealman area on the map, died Tuesday at Northside Hospital. Neri was taken to Northside on Monday. He had fallen earlier in the day. Neri was a well-known community activist whose persistent lobbying brought attention to the problems in his community. With the light he shone on Lealman came help. His activism resulted in, among other things, a renovated park, a new park, and Pinellas County’s first community redevelopment area designed to…

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Mike Mikurak kicks off program linking Lealman manufacturers to job hunters

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A group including representatives of public service agencies, activists and representatives from Lealman area manufacturers sat down Tuesday morning to discuss ways to get those companies what they need: employees. The discussion was the first step in a program that Mike Mikurak and Dick Peck are bringing to Lealman. Mikurak is a founder of Accenture, a global professional services company. Mikurak is also running against incumbent Charlie Justice for the Pinellas County Commission. He and Peck, of QTM Inc. in…

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Lealman improvement plan moves forward

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Back in June, county commissioners made a historic decision: They created the first community redevelopment area in unincorporated Pinellas County. It was a move that, for years, was unthinkable with Pinellas officials saying they would never sanction a CRA in unincorporated Pinellas. CRAs were something cities did. That changed under a county administration and commission that’s become willing to try new things. In this case, the new thing – a county CRA – is the most recent effort to solve…

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Pinellas County Commission to begin recruiting for Lealman CRA Committee

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The Pinellas Board of County Commissioners is all set to establish an advisory committee for the recently recognized Lealman Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). The nine-member committee, expected to be established at the board’s Tuesday regular meeting, will provide advice and direction to the Lealman Community Redevelopment Agency. The advisory committee will also assist county staff in the development and administration of the Lealman Redevelopment Plan, expected to be drafted sometime late this year or early 2016. The board will most…

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