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St. Petersburg honors Michael Jernigan on Veterans Day

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St. Petersburg will present the “2016 Honored Veteran” award to Michael Jernigan during the Third Annual Veterans Day celebration in Williams Park on Friday. Jernigan, a St. Petersburg native, was severely wounded in while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jernigan was featured in the HBO documentary “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq.” He was severely injured in 2004, resulting in the loss of both eyes, bone supporting his brain and injuries to his hand…

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Reaction to downtown bus changes is hit or miss

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It’s been a few days since buses ditched Williams Park and dispersed along stops throughout downtown as part of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s swap from a hub to a grid system. As expected, there is some confusion among regular riders. To combat problems with riders not knowing where to catch the bus, PSTA employees are spreading out throughout downtown to reach riders and let them know how to catch their routes now that stops aren’t congregating at Williams Park.…

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New group aims to restore Williams Park to its historic vibrance

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Buses in Williams Park are gone. Sunday was the first day buses stopped at a variety of places in downtown St. Pete instead of all picking up and dropping off passengers at Williams Park. With the old bus shelters no longer surrounding the park, forming a barrier, St. Pete officials hope the park can finally be a gathering ground for families and festivities that so many other downtown parks are. A brand new group called the Williams Park Partnership is…

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PSTA bids farewell to Williams Park with chocolates

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Bus riders still have one more day to enjoy catching a ride on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus from Williams Park in downtown St. Pete. But the agency took to the park Friday afternoon so go ahead and say its goodbye. To commemorate fifty years of bus service at the longtime hub, PSTA officials handed out 500 pieces of chocolate to thank customers – and of course, as a nod to Valentine’s Day Sunday. Valentine’s Day is the first…

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PSTA CEO Brad Miller takes to Williams Park to show riders their new stops

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Evidence that the buses will soon be gone is scattered all over Williams Park. The shelters are now missing, torn down in the middle of the night this past weekend. Signs warn riders of the impending changes. For decades the downtown St. Petersburg park has been a hub for routes in and out of the bustling core. Come Valentine’s Day, those stops will be scattered throughout downtown to make the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority route structure more of a grid…

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What happens to the homeless in Williams Park when the buses go away?

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On a sunny day, the lush green lawn at Williams Park in downtown St. Pete is scattered with people lying on the grass on tattered blankets with garbage bags full of clothes and other belongings propped under heads as pillows. Last Saturday, the scene was different. Heavy rain and thunderstorms rolled through St. Pete most of the day sending the dozens and dozens of people taking up residence in Williams Park scattering to shelter in one of the many bus…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 9 – Transportation

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Editor’s note: As 2015 winds down, SPB is taking a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and assembled a list of the top 10 most interesting developments. Whether the news evoked outrage in the community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of the past year. No. 9 – Transportation The year 2015 started off with many St. Petersburg residents still disappointed that a Pinellas county transit referendum failed. It would have led to a more robust public transportation…

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