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Redevelopment gains momentum in Skyway Marina District

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Development of a long-neglected tract of land in south St. Petersburg is closer to reality as a Tampa developer closes on the first construction project in the Skyway Marina District. Phillips Development and Realty LLC has secured its first construction loan, just over $11 million, for a 100,000-square foot self-storage facility on the former Home Depot site at U.S. Highway 19 and 30th Avenue South. In 2007, Home Depot paid $6.5 million for the land, demolishing the Suncoast Resort Hotel…

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St. Pete creates training initiative aimed at young African-American males

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Last summer, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman launched a grassroots program designed to take back the city’s neighborhoods from violence. That program, Not My Son, was part of a larger city program, My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper, that was designed to help bring opportunity to residents of South St. Petersburg. Now, the city has created a second program designed to provide educational, entrepreneurial, and enrichment opportunities for African-American boys and young men. Applications are being accepted now for the program, which…

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Convincing black folk to not vote for Charlie Crist now central to David Jolly’s re-election campaign

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With a week to go before Election Day, a shocking development has taken place in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. According to several sources, there are black people in the district! Not only that, they may not all vote as a monolithic block. And, believe it or not, the Republican incumbent, David Jolly, is actually campaigning for the votes of black residents. “It’s stunning,” said one St. Petersburg-based political consultant who asked to remain anonymous because it’s easier to…

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Angela Bassett campaigns for Hillary Clinton in south St. Pete

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Hollywood actor Angela Bassett came home to St. Petersburg on Tuesday to urge people to get out and vote for Hillary Clinton. “This election, the stakes are higher than ever,” Bassett told a small group of supporters in south St. Petersburg. The nation has come far under President Barack Obama, she said, and no one wants to lose the gains that have been made. The choice, she said, amounts to “going further together … or we can go backward.” Bassett…

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