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St. Pete City Council delays vote on funds for Tall Ship Lynx

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St. Petersburg council members decided Thursday to send to committee a proposal to spend BP settlement money to build a docking area for the Tall Ship Lynx. If the proposal passes the council’s budget committee, it would come back for a final decision. Under the proposal, the council would spend up to $65,000 on infrastructure so the Lynx can winter at the Vinoy Basin/North Yacht Basin. The ship is currently berthed at the Harborage Marina. The Tall Ship Lynx is…

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Charlie Justice, Mike Mikurak exchange barbs at forum

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Although their tone remained even, the words Charlie Justice and Mike Mikurak exchanged were at times stinging during a forum Wednesday at St. Petersburg College. At one point, panel members got tangled, asking Mikurak, the challenger, to talk about why he should be re-elected to the Pinellas County Commission. Justice, the incumbent, quipped, “He can describe my successes.” Mikurak shot back: “Actually, I can describe some of your non-successes.” The divide between the two was also highlighted during a discussion…

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Charlie Crist says Jordan Park residents need help now

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist toured the troubled Jordan Park Apartments in July. Afterward, he called the conditions “deplorable.” On Thursday, Crist returned to Jordan Park to say not much has changed, and he’s urging for something be done now to improve living conditions for the residents. “This is an issue of simple human decency,” Crist said. At least one Jordan Park resident agreed not much has changed since July. Resident Heidi Hampton said she contacted the office about 3 p.m.…

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