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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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St. Pete City Council to vote on ten programs geared to boost South St. Pete

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St. Pete City Council will vote on a resolution supporting ten items aimed at improving conditions on the Southside at its meeting Thursday. The items are 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 Incremental Funds to provide direct grants to businesses, property owners and residents within the Southside CRA. An Affordable Multifamily Housing Development program would…

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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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$5 million plan for Southside contingent on Rays leaving, not land development

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Last week, St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman announced he wanted to allocate $5 million to parts of South St. Pete as part of a potential deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to let them look outside the city for new stadium locations. According to Kriseman’s spokesman Ben Kirby, that plan would apply if, and only if, the Rays chose to vacate Tropicana Field and the money would come from the estimated $24 million they’d have to pay to the city…

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Rick Kriseman pledges $1 million for immediate South St. Pete improvements

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman vowed to find $1 million in the city’s current budget to provide immediate change for poor neighborhoods in South St. Pete. During a speech at the Sunday Best Dinner at the Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum in Midtown, Kriseman said he has directed city staff to carve out the money in order to implement four key areas of improvement. “While we have many plans in place that are designed to make long-term generational change,…

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New City Council means new things for St. Pete

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Two new St. Pete City Council members will cast their first votes from the dais at City Hall this week. Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Ed Montanari will take over for Wengay Newton and Bill Dudley who represented their districts and the city for eight years. With a new council comes a whole new era in St. Pete politics. But what will that look like? The obvious is the expected end to the longstanding stalemate over the Tampa Bay Rays and Tropicana…

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St. Pete officials serving supper to tout Southside improvements

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St. Petersburg city officials are inviting residents to enjoy a “Sunday Best Supper” at the Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum where the administration will share its progress in improving conditions in the Southside. Neighborhoods south of Central Avenue are among some of the poorest in the city. Midtown and Childs Park are particularly plagued by poverty and crime. While the struggles facing many Southside residents are nothing new, the ongoing problems in many of those neighborhoods have been particularly…

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