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St. Pete schedules second session to discuss sewer plant improvements

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St. Petersburg has scheduled a second informational meeting to discuss proposed improvements to the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility and the 31st Street Sports Complex. The meetings are designed to inform residents about a proposal to drill wells at both facilities to increase the storage capacity for reclaimed water. An increased storage capacity will help handle the increase in water during storms and help prevent overflows. Last year, the city dumped thousands of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into…

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Meeting will highlight proposed changes to Southwest sewer plant

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St. Petersburg has spent much of this year being bashed over a run-down sewer system that was unable to handle heavy rains from two storms. The failure of the system to handle the amount of rain resulted in the dumping of thousands of gallons of raw and partly treated sewage into Tampa Bay. The city is kicking off the new year with a $10 million project designed to upgrade the Southwest sewer plant with the construction of four to five…

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Rick Kriseman: St. Petersburg’s economy is ‘vibrant’

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No matter where you look in St. Petersburg, you see signs of a thriving, growing economy, Mayor Rick Kriseman said Monday. That’s true, he said, whether you look at south St. Petersburg, the Tyrone area, the Skyway district or the Gateway area. Every section of the city is showing signs of economic growth. “It isn’t just in downtown,” Kriseman said. “A vibrant city has economic development happening all over.” Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin agreed, saying, “St. Petersburg’s economic landscape is…

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Kathleen Peters slams decision to close Albert Whitted sewer plant

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Considering the effect of the summer’s rains on leaky sewer pipes, it’s not surprising that Pinellas County’s aging infrastructure was a prime issue during a debate Tuesday between Kathleen Peters and Jennifer Webb. And it’s probably not surprising that the cities, especially St. Petersburg, came in for harsh criticism from Peters, a Republican running for re-election to State House District 69. Webb, a Democrat, is opposing her. “Local governments throughout the county have not done their job,” Peters said. Peters…

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St. Pete council agrees to spend millions to fix sewer problems

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In the wake of a tropical storm that saw St. Petersburg dump millions of gallons of partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay, City Council members agreed Thursday on several initiatives designed to start replacing and repairing a deteriorated sewer system. But council members agreed repairs won’t come quickly enough to prevent another overflow. “We will be dealing with serious spill events over the summer, and we need to be straightforward about that,” council member Darden Rice said. The sooner something…

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Kathleen Peters demands state investigate condition of St. Pete’s sewer system

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Spurred on by St. Petersburg’s release Tuesday of partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay, state Rep. Kathleen Peters has called for a state investigation into the condition and capacity of the city’s sewer system. Peters, a Republican from South Pasadena, released this statement Thursday: “Over the past three years, the city of St. Petersburg has discharged significant amounts of partially treated sewage into the bays surrounding Pinellas County. Not only has St. Petersburg seen significant growth in population and new business, the…

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St. Petersburg staff to present alternative uses for downtown TIF

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St. Petersburg city staff will present ideas on how to expand the use of Tax Incremental Funds downtown to relieve the city’s budgetary burden. City Council member Karl Nurse wants to see whether there’s a way to tap into the portion of property tax money set aside for projects within the downtown TIF district for projects not traditionally considered under the program. Particularly, Nurse is hoping to use the money for sewer infrastructure repairs. “Every time you build a block,…

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