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Pinellas Young Republicans to host annual convention in St. Pete this weekend

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A host of top GOP leaders, including a couple of statewide candidates for 2018, will speak to a group of up and coming Party members this weekend at the annual Florida Federation of Young Republicans Convention. Presented by the Pinellas County Young Republicans, the convention is June 9-10 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Among the weekend’s speakers are state Sens. Jack Latvala and Denise Grimsley, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, as well as presentations from Grow PAC and Innovate Florida. Putnam…

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St. Pete Yacht Club nears limit for Cuban regatta

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The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is nearing its goal for the number of boats participating in its St. Petersburg-Habana Race 2017, which launches from downtown St. Petersburg on Feb. 28. The regatta has generated an enthusiastic response nationwide from the sailing community since it was announced Aug. 1 that the 107-year-old yacht club is reviving the St. Petersburg-Habana Race, which it staged from 1930 to 1959. “We are excited about the growing number of entrants signing up to participate in this regatta, but I…

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Who’s who of Pinellas politics join Jeff Brandes for campaign kickoff in St. Pete

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State Sen. Jeff Brandes is hosting a kickoff reception Wednesday evening for his re-election effort. More than three dozen current and former local officials are on the host committee for the event, set for the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Host committee members include Republican Reps. Larry Ahern, Chris Latvala, Kathleen Peters, Chris Sprowls and Dana Young, as well as former Reps. Frank Farkas, former Clearwater Mayor Brian Aungst, and former St. Petersburg Mayors Bill Foster and Rick Baker, among many others. Brandes is currently unopposed in his re-election campaign, which due…

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Darryl Rouson to address Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

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Though the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club has been hit or miss over the years – its members’ hot takes coming up more like “medium,” “mild,” or “scripted” at times – there are few Pinellas pols more guaranteed to stir up heated debate than Republican-turned-Democrat Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Pete. The fourth-term lawmaker is sure to get peppered with questions about his possible state Senate ambitions, unorthodox views (for a Democrat) on medical marijuana, and his role in that rumored anti-Minority…

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St. Pete Yacht Club has serious reservations about parts of Waterfront Master Plan

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Leaders of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club have some concerns about the city’s proposed downtown waterfront master plan. In a letter penned by Yacht Club Commodore Harvey Ford and signed also by Vice Commodore Richard Winning and Rear Commodore Robert Birkenstock, the group expresses concerns that the city may inadvertently be creating water hazards and encroaching on private property. The letter was sent to all members of the St. Pete City Council, as well as Mayor Rick Kriseman and Dave…

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HD-52 candidate Jeff Brandes draws 150 to campaign kick-off

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If state Rep. Bill Heller isn’t worried yet, he didn’t see what I saw Thursday night at Jeff Brandes’ campaign kick-off at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  What I saw was 150 or so mostly young, but all politically active District 52 voters, including St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and Ed Montanari.  What I saw was a hungry, well-funded, well-organized candidate who is not on vacation in North Carolina, like certain incumbent state representatives.  What I saw was a hard-working…

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