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St. Pete moves swiftly to repair elderly woman’s home

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“Who says government can’t act?” That was the question posed by St. Pete City Council chair Charlie Gerdes Thursday morning after what turned out to be a feel good action by the board. Annie Franklin, a South St. Pete resident, delivered a tearful plea to City Council asking for help getting a lock fixed on her home. It was broken after a fire erupted at another home at the end of her block. Franklin described through tears that there was…

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It’s fire prevention week in St. Pete and firefighters want to make sure residents check smoke detectors

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It’s fire prevention week in St. Pete. City Council awarded the St. Pete Fire Department a proclamation during its meeting Thursday with a focus on ensuring residents have working smoke detectors in every room and in common areas. According to St. Pete Fire Chief Michael Domante, there was an average of nearly 18,000 structure fires each year between 2007 and 2011 nationwide with an average of 580 deaths resulting from them. The department recommends residents test smoke detectors in their…

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St. Pete City Council approves budget amid protests from workers

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St. Pete City Council unanimously approved the $224.3 million 2016 budget during another lengthy meeting Thursday. The city’s millage rate for ad-valorem property taxes will stay the same for the third year in a row. Homeowners will continue to pay $6.77 for every $1,000 in assessed value. It’s worth noting that because property values are on the rise, homeowners may still see an increase on their tax bills, but that is due to higher assessments, not higher tax rates. The…

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St. Pete police officers and firefighters receive top honors

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First responders in St. Petersburg are officially top-notch cops and firefighters. The City of St. Pete announced Monday that both departments were honored with various awards and designations. The city’s Fire and Rescue Department received the top classification from the Insurance Services Office as a result of its Public Protection Classification survey last month. The agency is responsible for protecting more than 260,000 residents and responds to some 54,000 emergencies each year. “Today, I am incredibly proud of each and…

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