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  1. St. Petersburg budget sessions start familiar balancing act

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's budget season in a booming city. That means politicians and city budget officials have stepped up on the fiscal balance beam.

  2. Ruth: In choosing Pier Park, selection committee showed leadership (w/video)


    There are many reasons to feel encouraged by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's super duper Pier Selection Committee's selection of Pier Park as its first choice to replace the inverted tin foil hat as the city's next iconic attraction.

  3. New Pinellas Park police chief leading into the future by building on the past

    Local Government

    PINELLAS PARK — One piece of advice many career counselors offer is to never follow a star when you take a new job.

    Pinellas Park police Chief Mike Haworth hugs former Chief Dorene Thomas after she announced her retirement in January. Thomas was the first female police chief in Pinellas County.
  4. Longtime barber is cut out of St. Petersburg's One Progress Plaza



    A downtown St. Petersburg institution has been handed its walking papers — under the door.

    Clyde “Pedro” Holladay, 66, cuts the hair of Bob Dale, 82, who has been a customer for about 20 years. The owners of One Progress Plaza slipped a letter under the door of Pedro’s Tonsorial Parlor to tell Holladay he has to move out.
  5. Police: Woman intentionally defecated in cruiser after arrest



    Police: 18-year-old intentionally created 'biohazard waste' in cruiser after arrest

  6. Westminster Day School closing; Seminole chamber to get new home

    Local Government


    Struggling church shuts Westminster Day School

    ‘Secret’ is out in Gulfport Stephen Oliver’s award-winning sculpture, The Best Kept Secret, was officially dedicated in a ceremony that was attended by the artist, above, city officials and members of the Gulfport Merchants Association, the organization that commissioned the work. From its painting of “the colored people’s dance pavilion” to the rainbow of light reflected onto the sidewalk below, the design celebrates the city’s evolution from a racially intolerant community to the inclusive one it is today, according to the artist. The Best Kept Secret is in front of the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 
  7. Dresses for proms are available, other Pinellas news briefs


    LAST CHANCE FOR PROM DRESSES: The Gathering Of Women Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is having its annual prom dress drive for high school seniors. The last dress distribution will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 9 at the Skyway Mall, 4301 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 433-1352 or email …

  8. American Stage's Gala Under the Stars opens 'In the Heights'

    Human Interest


    More than 500 people filled the grassy area at Demens Landing for the 24th annual Gala Under the Stars, held in conjunction with the opening night for In the Heights. The high-energy musical production marks 30 years of outdoor presentations for American Stage Theatre Co. in St. …

    Annabelle Jenkins, who raised money for American Stage’s summer program, with her dad, Drew Jenkins, and the company’s education director, Meg Heimstead, on the set of In the Heights.
  9. Pet of the Week: Sierra Mist the cat


    Sierra Mist is as sweet and beautiful as the day is long. At 2 years old, Sierra Mist has spent the majority of her life, 741 days to be precise, at Friends of Strays, but is ready for a home of her own. Meet her at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Learn more about our pets at (727) 522-6566 or …

    Photo Credit: Friends of Strays   Pictured: Sierra Mist
  10. South Pinellas Hometown


    JAZZERCISE CLASS DONS TUTUS FOR CHARITY: The Treasure Island Jazzercise class recently participated in "Tutus for Transition" by donning ballet tutus for a dance-centered workout to support Ready for Life, a nonprofit organization that supports children transitioning out of the foster care system. The 60-minute …

    Jessica Silk, left, and Ched Milic were chosen as recipients of the St. Pete Road Runners’ Scholarship.
  11. St. Pete Beach may allow drinking on some beaches

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — The City Commission took two actions Tuesday that some residents warned could stir sharp opposition — one involving borrowing $16 million for infrastructure repairs, the other allowing limited drinking of alcohol on the beach.

  12. Treasure Island celebrates history as artifacts seek home

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — Donna White hopes this weekend's 60th birthday celebration of Treasure Island's founding will be the boost her organization needs to generate interest in the city's history.

    A 1950s photo of John’s Pass is among the items collected by the Treasure Island Historical Society.
  13. Historic Kenwood residents have issues with recycling plan

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's curbside recycling program is nearly operational, but not everyone is thrilled about the plan.

  14. Bike lane on Indian Rocks Road is years away


    Overall, Pinellas County has great pedestrian sidewalk and/or bicycle lanes for the major roadways except for Indian Rocks Road in Largo from West Bay Drive on the north end to Walsingham Road on the south end. This is the only high-traffic road that does not have a dedicated bicycle lane or pedestrian sidewalk. Is …

  15. Pinellas Park police chief turns over helm to successor




    After 40 years in policing, Dorene Thomas will hang up her badge this morning at a change of command ceremony. Thomas will officially turn over command of the Pinellas Park Police Department to Michael Haworth at the 11 a.m. ceremony.

    Chief Dorene Thomas retires with 40 years of service.