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City to award CRA grants for South St. Pete redevelopment

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St. Petersburg will be awarding $534,000 in grants to help support private investment in the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). Through 5 p.m. today, the City is taking requests for the 2017 community redevelopment funds approved by the City Council, budgeted at nearly $412,000 for commercial grants and about $122,000 for housing and neighborhood revitalization with a focus on multifamily residential properties. Applications must be delivered to the ninth floor of the Municipal Services Building, located at One Fourth Street…

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St. Pete City Council approves 10 Southside CRA programs and nearly $500,000 budget

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St. Pete City Council approved 10 items aimed at lifting poverty and boosting the economy in South St. Pete during its meeting. The vote was 7-0 with Council Vice Chairwoman Darden Rice absent for the vote. Council also approved unanimously a budget to support those items. The items were recommended by the Citizens Advisory Committee to be funded through the first round of appropriations from the newly created Southside Community Redevelopment Area. Five of the proposals would use county-approved Tax…

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Rick Kriseman says state of St. Pete “strong and sunny”

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman didn’t have any major announcements at Saturday’s State of the City address. Instead, his focus was on improving conditions in South St. Pete. For the first half of his half-hour speech, Kriseman spoke about how to improve education, lower crime, and increase opportunity in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. After a requisite thanks to City Council, city staff, and other key city leaders, Kriseman shifted focus to the seven young black men killed by…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump in the Bay: Tampa Bay Times and the Mosley Motel

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Toast to the Bay: The Tampa Bay Times It’s not every day you catch us folks at SaintPetersBlog praising the Tampa Bay Times. But we like to give credit where credit is due. The Investigative Reporters and Editors group awarded a handful of Times talent its prestigious Philip Meyer Award for investigative journalism for the “Failure Factories” report. No group of reporters, and the subsequent expose, could be more deserving. Named in the award were Cara Fitzpatrick, Michael LaForgia, Lisa…

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St. Pete Chamber of Commerce adds education to its 2016 legislative priorities

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The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is backing the usual suspects this Legislative Session, but this year, the pro-business group is adding a new priority to its list: education. Following the high-profile “Failure Factories” investigation by the Tampa Bay Times, the chamber decided to get on board with some potential fixes. The exposé uncovered five chronically failing elementary schools in Pinellas County, all in South St. Pete. Much has been debated about improving the educational outcomes for students attending…

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Mayoral appointment leads to opening on South St. Pete Citizen Advisory Committee

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When St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman appointed attorney Leah McCrae to her new director of education and community engagement position, he inadvertently opened up a spot on the South St. Pete CRA Citizen Advisory Committee. McCrae, who was one of the committee’s original nine members, relinquished her role as a citizen adviser to the South St. Pete CRA to avoid any conflicts of interest her new post might have caused. South St. Pete’s CRA (community redevelopment area) was established by…

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The Times didn’t endorse Steve Kornell, but here’s who did

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St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell has announced his list of endorsements so far in his re-election bid for his District 5 seat. Among those who have signed off on endorsements are the local Police Benevolent Association, the local fire union, the Pinellas Realtors Organization, Sierra Club, Equality Florida Action PAC, The Tampa Tribune, former Mayor Rick Baker, St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees member Deveron Gibbons and the Stonewall Democrats. The Tampa Bay Times did not endorse Kornell…

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