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Survey shows fewer than half of voters support Penny for Pinellas renewal

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A new survey shows fewer than half Pinellas voters would cast a ballot for renewing the Penny for Pinellas if the referendum were held today. The poll, by St. Pete Polls, shows 48 percent of registered voters in Pinellas County would vote to support another Penny. Another 28 percent would not support it, and 23 percent are unsure. Although the poll shows the Penny failing to pass if the election were today, the vote is close and, with a 2.2…

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Proposal for long-term deal between St. Pete, Rowdies likely to go before voters

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies are ready for the big leagues, and it appears their shot will be coming sooner than later. Major League Soccer announced last month that the Rowdies and St. Petersburg will be one of 10 cities under consideration for an expansion team. Before that happens — representing a considerable boost for both the team and St. Petersburg — the Rowdies will need to show, among other things, a comprehensive stadium plan that ensures the club will provide…

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City officials: Downtown waterfront petition effort dies by the clock

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Inverted Pyramid preservationists may have lost any hope of thwarting demolition of their beloved icon when pieces of the Pier began being reduced to rubble this week. Now their hopes at avoiding unwanted demolition or construction projects on downtown waterfront have also evaporated. According to St. Pete Communications Director Ben Kirby, the deadline to turn in petitions for a petition effort that would have asked voters whether they should have a say in downtown major waterfront projects passed at 5:00…

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Guest op-ed from Darden Rice: 8 things I know about Florida’s special session on the referendum to ban offshore oil drilling in state waters

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1) Media coverage on partisan bickering and Florida Senate horserace implications is hurting the cause. Instead of ‘political jockeying’ news reports, how about we focus on how the ballot amendment to ban drilling in state waters is itself an important civic opportunity. This is the chance for the citizens of Florida to grasp a teachable moment and cast a vote for an amendment to enshrine permanent protection for our coasts in the state constitution. It is no more reactionary than…

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Equality Florida seeks to make St. Pete City Council race a referendum on gay rights

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Despite its failure to frame St. Petersburg’s Mayoral Election as an us=versus-them vote on gay rights, Equality Florida is now attempting to cast the race to represent District 5 on the City Council as an “historic” referendum on gay rights. What follows are excerpts from an e-mail Equality Florida’s PAC distributed immediately after Tuesday’s primary: Openly-Gay Candidate Steve Kornell Dominates St. Pete Primary for City Council Now He Needs Your Help in the General Election Yesterday, Steve Kornell took a…

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Jamie Bennett to sponsor referendum to preserve and protect waterfront

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City Councilmember Jamie Bennett will introduce a new business item before the City Council calling for a referendum to preserve and protect St. Petersburg’s Waterfront. Councilman Bennett, a leading candidate for mayor, has agreed to adopt the referendum language authored by POWW – Preserve Our Wallets and Waterfront, a citizen’s group dedicated to stopping major development on the city’s waterfront without a direct vote by residents. Councilman Bennett will be holding a press conference to outline his vision and to…

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