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St. Pete council approves broader comp plan ahead of Amendment 4 listen

07/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In an attempt to thwart the Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment, the St. Petersburg City Council approved a new land use plan yesterday critics say would let developers continue to have their way. Supporters say the new plan simplifies land use issues, but local activists, like Jill Yelverton of Dade City, see it as a blow to democracy.

"These kind of tricky maneuvers designed to circumvent the will of the people are exactly why Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment 4 is necessary in the...

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St. Pete to enforce street sleeping ban listen

07/23/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg is about to start enforcing an ordinance that makes it illegal to sleep in the streets if there are free beds in local homeless shelters. Not complying could mean a night in jail. Homeless advocates like Bruce Wright of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign are crying foul.

"I find it reprehensible and criminal that Mayor Foster, any of the counsel that would support him, and any law enforcement that would act upon it. To do such a thing."

Speaking at a rall...

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Chihuly Collection of glass art opens in St Pete listen

07/12/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Downtown St. Petersburg added another art destination over the weekend with the grand opening of the Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center. It’s the first and only permanent collection of the prolific glass artist from Seattle.

"Isn't this an incredible room? I mean these pieces, and this is one of those great testimonies to Dale. He took tremendous risks when he was developing these chandeliers."

Before the grand opening on S...

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Meek supports Constitutional ban on offshore drilling in Florida waters listen

07/02/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In dozens of countries and all fifty states last Saturday, people came together to join Hands Across the Sand to oppose offshore oil drilling and to support renewable energy.

At one event in St. Petersburg, WMNF spoke with U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek who says he supports amending the Florida Constitution to forbid drilling in state waters.

"Well I'm in support of standing with Floridians on this whole issue of offshore oil drilling. It's important that we don't expand it, especi...

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Voices from Gandy Hands Across the Sand listen

06/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In addition to St. Pete Beach, more than 160 Hands Across The Sand participants gathered on the beach on the St. Pete side of the Gandy bridge. These are the voices of just a few of those:

Michelle Cookson from Tampa who works in advertising and marketing:

"I am here today as i was on February the 13th for the first Hands Across the Sand event, because I love the ocean. I love the natural environment. I love the state of Florida. But most importantly i...

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Pride In Paradise listen

06/28/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Pride in Paradise

Thousands of LGBT and their supporters marched behind Grand Marshall St Petersburg city council member Steve Kornell Saturday morning for the 2010 St Pete Pride Street Festival.

"We're here to support gay pride, family, and just the love that everybody should feel no matter who you love. You don't choose that, you just are. Be proud of that."

Pride was on parade in [St Petersburg’s](http:/...

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St Pete Mayor reacts to Rays threat to leave downtown listen

06/22/10 Kate Bradshaw & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday, the owner of the Tampa Bay Rays, Stuart Sternberg, warned St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster that the team planned to break its lease of Tropicana Field.

The Rays are seeking permission from the city to alter the contract that currently forbids the team from talking with other municipalities about a new stadium.

Today, WMNF asked Foster about the Rays' future in St. Pete.

previous WMNF coverage of Rays' stadium

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Rays owner threatens to move team if new stadium isn't built outside downtown St. Pete listen

06/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Rays are threatening to break their contract with the city of St. Petersburg and are looking to move out of Tropicana Field. Team owner Stuart Sternberg made that announcement this morning after he met with St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster.

The Rays signed a contract with the City of St. Petersburg that doesn’t expire until 2027. It says the Rays are not allowed to directly or indirectly negotiate for the use of any other facility besides the Trop. But Sternberg insists on moving...

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Azalea neighbors irate about response from Raytheon, Crist, Foster, and DEP listen

06/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The BP oil blowout isn’t the only environmental catastrophe some Pinellas residents have to worry about. People in the Azalea neighborhood of northwest St. Petersburg have been dealing with an underground plume of toxins coming from a nearby Raytheon plant. On Saturday morning, about 60 residents gathered with state legislators such as state [Senator Charlie Justice](http://...

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St. Pete passes panhandling ban listen

06/04/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Residents flooded city hall in St. Pete last night to weigh in on a contentious ordinance that bans exchanging money curbside on major thoroughfares. The move, which the city council passed, was meant to curb roadside panhandling, but many were outraged about the new law’s collateral damage.

You see them on many of St. Pete’s I-275 on-ramps. They vary by age and background. Some have dogs; others come in a pair. But th...

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