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Callaloo Group talks Manhattan Casino plans with St. Pete City Council

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The decision by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s administration to award the Callaloo Group to take over the historic Manhattan Casino last month was not exactly met with universal praise in the community – even amongst the mayor’s most fervent supporters in South St. Pete.

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Rick Baker on Rick Kriseman: ‘Out of touch with African-American community’

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Gentrification in the South side of St. Petersburg has been a major campaign issue this summer, and Rick Kriseman‘s decision to select the owner of the Pipo’s chain of Cuban restaurants to operate out of the historic Manhattan Casino has been seized upon by the Rick Baker campaign over the last week leading up to Tuesday’s primary election. “I think Rick Kriseman is completely out of touch with the African-American community,” Baker said Tuesday when asked if he agreed with a similar statement…

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Upset St. Pete residents ask City Council to reject Callaloo Group from Manhattan Casino

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Although the item was removed from the St. Petersburg City Council’s agenda, a number of citizens came before Council members and Mayor Rick Kriseman Thursday to express discontent with the decision to lease and operate the historic Manhattan Casino to the Callaloo Group. Leading Callaloo is Ramon Hernandez, operator of Pipo’s Cuban restaurants, who intends to offer a “Floribbean” fusion restaurant at the Casino.

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Midtown leaders, Rick Baker supporters blast Rick Kriseman’s Manhattan Casino tenant choice

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They insist it isn’t political. On Wednesday, St. Petersburg House Democrat Wengay Newton, along with two other religious figures based in South St. Petersburg, blasted the Rick Kriseman administration for what they believe was an emphasis on gentrifying Midtown, the predominantly black section of the city.

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Fantasy football now dominated by quarterbacks

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Millions of football fans anxiously await Thursday night’s kickoff of the National Football League season when the New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rest of the league begins on Sunday. Another matchup of importance only to this writer and one of Tallahassee’s prominent lobbyists is the Malpractice Squad hosting the Sweaty Gnats. Fantasy football is also back! Many leagues have already conducted their drafts and are ready to go. Others wait until the conclusion of the pre-season to…

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Buccaneers hungry for success after disappointing season

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are eager to distance themselves from their worst finish in nearly three decades. They’re hoping Jameis Winston will lead the way, but coach Lovie Smith knows it’ll take a lot more than the top pick in this year’s draft to turn around a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007. In addition to addressing their quarterback woes this offseason, the Bucs brought in help for a porous offensive line and added several players with potential…

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Confident Jameis Winston ready to take over Bucs’ offense

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The large billboard standing on a major thoroughfare a few blocks from the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suggests an offensive explosion is on the horizon. Jameis Winston is preparing to lead it. “Cannons will fire,” reads the sign bearing an image of the top pick in the NFL draft presumably poised to throw a touchdown pass. “Whatever it is,” a television commercial implores, “he’s got it.” Coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht are banking on their…

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