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Rick Kriseman: St. Petersburg’s economy is ‘vibrant’

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No matter where you look in St. Petersburg, you see signs of a thriving, growing economy, Mayor Rick Kriseman said Monday. That’s true, he said, whether you look at south St. Petersburg, the Tyrone area, the Skyway district or the Gateway area. Every section of the city is showing signs of economic growth. “It isn’t just in downtown,” Kriseman said. “A vibrant city has economic development happening all over.” Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin agreed, saying, “St. Petersburg’s economic landscape is…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 3 — The Pier

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most profound issues. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 3 — The Pier Few things in St. Petersburg have caused as much consternation as The Pier. The dilemma over the future of the city landmark seemed to go dormant in…

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Ed Montanari announces he’s running for St. Pete City Council District 3 seat

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Civic activist Ed Montanari announced on Monday he’s running for the St. Petersburg City Council District 3 race this November, and he says the two major issues that he’ll be running on are business and maintaining the quality of life in the city that has blossomed in recent years. “I want to continue to be an attractive place for high-paying, high-tech clean and green jobs, but the other thing that we’ve had in St. Pete, and we’ve always protected, is our…

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St. Petersburg should move its elections back to the Spring, but when exactly?

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The numbers do not lie: in March of 2001, more than 34% of voters turnout to choose the Mayor of St. Petersburg. 34% is not an especially impressive showing, but it’s certainly better than the 26% who turned-out earlier this month. And that was for a Mayoral Election. Consider the numbers when the Mayoral Race is not on the top of the ballot. In 2001, a paltry 12.77% took part in the city’s elections. By 2007, the number had fallen…

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The Pier: Past, Present, and Future

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Scott Wagman on The Pier

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“We’re going to have to look at a couple alternatives. One of them is to bulldoze the Pier — and you can negotiate your way out of leases. … Bulldoze it, plant some sod, make it a temporary park — temporary park.” — Scott Wagman on What should happen to the Pier?

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Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman incoherent on what to do with The Pier

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Adam Smith, on a break from covering the legislative session, wrote the Bay Buzz post below. It is petrifying how incoherent both Deveron Gibbons and Scott Wagman are on one of the most important issues facing the city: what to do with The Pier. Unfortunately, these two candidates, Gibbons through his connections in statewide politics and Wagman with his own checkbook, are sure to be the leading fundraisers for the first quarter. Still, take a moment to read their statements…

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