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  1. Pinellas construction licensing board investigator resigns after road rage allegation

    Local Government

    PALM HARBOR — An investigator with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board resigned Wednesday after being accused of threatening two people with a baseball bat during a road rage incident on Tampa Road.

    Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Investigator Anthony DeBernardi resigned Wednesday after he was accused of thertening two motorists with a baseball bat in a road-rage incident. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. The other people declined to press charges. [MARK PUENTE   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  2. Water shortage regulations in effect in St. Petersburg starting May 8

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city is included in a Phase I water shortage declaration for the Tampa Bay area starting May 8. Residents should reduce any unnecessary water use. If the drought continues, more restrictive policies will be implemented.

  3. St. Petersburg's Holocaust Museum marks 25th anniversary with multiple events

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Holocaust Museum is joining with Eckerd College to release a 25th Anniversary oral history series, "25 Survivors, 25 Stories … Celebrating 25 Years."

    The Florida Holocaust Museum.
  4. Bar review: Flying Boat Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg pays homage to Tony Jannus

    Bars & Spirits

    Almost a year to the day after Flying Boat Brewing Co. broke ground on its Woodlawn Oaks facility and tasting room, the St. Petersburg brewery officially opened its doors for business last week.

    Flying Boat Brewery is newly opened in St. Petersburg. Its name is a reference to the aircraft of Tony Jannus, who piloted the world’s first scheduled airline flight, between downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa in 1914.
  5. Treasure Island looking for a 'seasoned professional' to be the new city manager

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The city has begun a national search for a new city manager with hopes of hiring someone by August.

    Treasure Island City Manager Reid Silverboard announced his resignation after a March 2017 in which voters chose two new city commissioners who have been critical of city operations. The commission has begun looking for a "seasoned professional" to replace him. [Times files]
  6. State Rep. Larry Ahern brings back controversial bill to fix Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    Legislation aimed at reforming the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board that died last month has suddenly been resurrected.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, brought proposed legislation back to life that would help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. But that's news to the Pinellas County Commission and the agency's interim director. Ahern, a longtime pool contractor, had also said he would wait until the completion of a grand jury investigation before reforming the agency. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times
  7. Sheriff's Office: Deputies roll up to house party as intoxicated teen jumps off roof


    Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said they were already called to the house in unincorporated Largo twice for complaints about a loud party.

  8. While state lawmakers debate medical marijuana law, Pinellas County delays its own rules

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– As Florida lawmakers debate the regulation of medical marijuana, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday tabled a vote on rules to grow, process and sell medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county.

    Larry Heiny of Sarasota rallies the crowd after a medical marijuana rally at the University of South Florida in Tampa in support of legalizing it in October. Amendment 2 passed with 71 percent of the vote in November. But lawmakers are still debating how to implement the law. In the meantime, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday decided to wait for the state to act before it passes its own medical marijuana rules for the unincorporated county. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  9. With new director in place, Florida Botanical Gardens hopes to rise to 'the next level'


    LARGO — The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation has hired its first-ever executive director, Vernon Bryant, a former horticulture manager for Pinellas County Parks who was part of the team that helped create the Botanical Gardens almost 20 years ago.

    Vernon Bryant talks about his new job and the garden tour at
  10. Pinellas Commission gives preliminary nod to tax money for Blue Jays


    CLEARWATER — After a confusing debate, the Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday voted to help Dunedin move forward with an $81 million upgrade of the Toronto Blue Jays spring training complex.

    The county gave preliminary approval to spend $46.5 million in bed-tax money to help upgrade the Toronto Blue Jays spring training facility.
  11. Pinellas County commissioner to discuss tax money for Toronto Blue Jays


    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will discuss the next steps for a plan to help Dunedin upgrade the spring training complex for the Toronto Blue Jays.

    A plan to renovate Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, calls for Pinellas County to shell out $46.5 million. County commissioners will discuss the idea at a meeting Tuesday.[CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  12. Pinellas County to consider rules for medical marijuana

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– The Pinellas County Commission is slated to vote Tuesday on an ordinance to establish rules for growing, processing and selling medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday will consider new rules for growing, processing and selling medical pot in unincorporated areas of the county. [Washington Post]
  13. St. Petersburg's sidewalks have safety flaws for pedestrians and cyclists


    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of advocates for pedestrian safety recently strolled through the city and found themselves dodging distracted drivers, navigating sidewalks that petered out and traversing darkened thoroughfares lacking proper lighting.

    The Florida Consumer Action Network sent a team of auditors to walk the streets of St. Petersburg and found plenty of problems facing pedestrians and bicyclists. Here’s one example: On 22nd Avenue S, a sidewalk at one corner of 49th Street S dips down into a storm drain on the road and then continues through a crosswalk in the intersection. [Courtesy of Florida Consumer Action Network]
  14. Police: 26-year-old man killed after losing control of car on Gandy Boulevard


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 26-year-old man died Saturday night after police said he struck a guardrail and was thrown from his car.

  15. Man shot, killed in early morning argument in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A man was shot and killed early Saturday morning after an altercation.