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Charlie Crist: Federal investigation needed into Jordan Park finances

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Saying he was shocked by the deplorable living conditions, former Gov. Charlie Crist said the feds need to investigate the finances at the publicly owned Jordan Park Apts. in south St. Petersburg. Crist spent Thursday morning touring the complex and listening to details of the conditions at the complex. He heard tales of rats, roaches and mold. He saw outdated, rusty appliances that needed replacing. “It’s intolerable. It’s unconscionable. It’s not to be tolerated,” Crist said of the living conditions. “They’re…

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St. Pete will purchase the Carter G. Woodson Museum

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The City of St. Pete will purchase the Carter G. Woodson Museum for $663,000. St. Pete City Council approved the purchase price during its meeting Thursday. The issue came up after the St. Petersburg Housing Authority announced its decision to sell the property and dissolve itself as the museum’s landlord in order to shore up funds for other housing projects. According to city staff, the selling price was vetted independently by the city through two separate appraisals that actually came…

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Carter G. Woodson African-American museum announcement expected tomorrow

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman will make an announcement Tuesday morning regarding the Carter G. Woodson historic African-American History Museum. The pending announcement comes after federal officials visiting St. Pete put plans to sell the building where the museum is located. Purveyors of the museum were told in January that the building would be sold in six months, leaving the museum’s future uncertain without a landlord. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the U.S. Department of Housing reportedly told Mayor…

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Deveron Gibbons is still an SOB and here are 10 reasons why he won’t run, much less win, in 2013

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The fallout from St. Petersburg Times reporter Michael Van Sickler’s profile of Jeff Copeland, a prominent political organizer in the African American community, continues even after the article’s first publication. Beginning on Wednesday and through this weekend, several sources close to both Copeland and former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons have told me that Gibbons is bragging that he was a significant off-the-record source to Van Sickler and is the reason why the article was published. While I doubt Gibbons was…

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Deveron Gibbons is still an SOB and here are 10 reasons why he won’t run, much less win, in 2013

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The fallout from St. Petersburg Times reporter Michael Van Sickler’s profile of Jeff Copeland, a prominent political organizer in the African American community, continues even after the article’s first publication. Beginning on Wednesday and through this weekend, several sources close to both Copeland and former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons have told me that Gibbons is bragging that he was a significant off-the-record source to Van Sickler and is the reason why the article was published. While I doubt Gibbons was…

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Now that he has their campaign contributions, Deveron Gibbons quits Housing Authority, five other civic boards

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Corporate executive Deveron Gibbons has quit six local boards to focus on his campaign for mayor. Of course he resigned! Now that Deveron is done wringing $500 checks out of his fellow board members, what use are they? Deveron has planned on running for well over a year and knew full well the time commitment it takes to run for public office, and now he decides to resign. This mass resignation stink of fear. Fear that there really is a…

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