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Pier Selection Committee chooses Pier Park for new St. Pete icon

04/25/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: pier, St. Pete, St. Pete City Council, Janelle Irwin

Last night, the Pier Selection Committee approved the design known as Pier Park as its top-ranked team. That design was number two in the city’s public survey. Destination, the public’s top ranked team and the only design that would have renovated the current inverted pyramid, was ranked number two by the selection committee.

The issue has been a contentious one. Following a ballot referendum in 2013 in which voters overwhelmingly rejected the previous chosen design called the Lens, the ci...

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New St. Pete pier design on the horizon listen

01/23/15 Samuel Johnson
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: St. Pete, Saint Petersburg, pier, downtown

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A new St Pete pier design is moving closer to a reality minus one proposal. Friday the advisory committee voted on which proposals will make it to the next round. The committee doesn’t want any surprises when the designs are presented to the public next month.

The committee members took turns critiquing each design. When the members finished they took a preliminary vote on a motion to eliminate the AH HA Design Group. This motion eventually passed 5 to 1.

A new pier design is part of a ...

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St. Pete City Council rejects deal for Rays to explore stadium sites in Hillsborough and Pinellas listen

12/19/14 Janelle Irwin and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Rays, Rays stadium, Tropicana Field, Sports, Baseball, MLB, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, Rick Kriseman

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This is St. Pete city council voting down an agreement between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays that would have allowed the team to explore possible stadium locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

The vote Thursday night was 5-3 against the deal.

One of the reasons the measure failed is a clause in the original contract with the Rays that requires the city to split revenue from any development on the Tropicana Field site with the baseball team. Council member Jim Ken...

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St. Pete unveils 8 new design possibilities for Pier listen

12/15/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: St. Petersburg, St. Pete, pier, St. Pete Pier, architecture, construction, Tampa Bay

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The City of St. Petersburg has unveiled eight possible concepts for a new Pier design.

Eight architectural firms spent up to $30,000 to create initial design concepts, which can now be seen on the city’s website.

Raul Quintana is St. Petersburg’s city architect. WMNF News spoke with him this morning before the designs were unveiled.

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Ferguson solidarity rally planned for Friday in Tampa listen

12/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Tampa, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Uhurus, St. Pete, Raices en Tampa, Eric Gardner, Race, police

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update: The rally is in Gaslight Square*

There have been several small protests around the Tampa Bay area since a grand jury in Missouri announced it would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown; now, several groups are coming together for one major rally in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday morning WMNF interviewed Alekos Zambrano with Raices en Tampa, one of t...

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St. Petersburg earns top score on an index of LGBT equality listen

11/12/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: St. Pete, St. Petersburg, LGBT, equality florida, Rick Kriseman, Human Rights Campaign, equality, human rights, WMNF News

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St. Petersburg has earned the highest score in a rating of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

St. Pete scored a 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

Mayor Rick Kriseman acknowledged the city’s LGBTQ liaison, Robert Danielson, as he announced the rating Wednesday morning ...

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St. Pete voters weigh in on governor, medical marijuana and Greenlight Pinellas listen

11/04/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: elections, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, marijuana, medical marijuana, Amendment 2, Greenlight Pinellas, Pinellas County, taxes, transit, light rail, Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

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Probably the most closely-watched race in Florida is for governor.

Tuesday morning at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg WMNF spoke with voters about who they supported for governor.

We heard from Henry Weinsheimer, Susie Buckley, Ross Johnson and Robin O’Dell.

Florida voters will also decide whether to add the right to use marijuana for medical purposes to the state constitution.

In Pinellas County, residents will decide to add a penny to the sales tax to fund transit an...

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Group wants $15 minimum wage in St. Pete listen

09/29/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: minimum wage, St. Pete, 15 Now, poverty, labor, Green Party

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A campaign is underway to change the minimum wage in St. Petersburg to fifteen dollars an hour.

For that to happen, a Florida law prohibiting local minimum wages would have to be repealed.

WMNF interviewed Jeff Roby, part of a group called 15 Now and is taking the fight to raise the minimum wage to the St. Pete City Council.

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Update on new pier design in St. Pete listen

08/25/14 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Tags: pier, St. Pete

Today on the Last Call, Rob Lorei speaks with LEED Architect, Raul Quintana about the process to select a new pier design in St. Pete.

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St. Pete Indian Mounds to get a major technological facelift listen

07/11/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Indian mound, Native American, St. Pete, parks, technology

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St. Petersburg has a rich Native American history and lots of Indian Mounds. The city is continuing efforts to protect and enhance the mounds and surrounding parks.

Parks and Recreation planner Mike Vineyard talks with WMNF News about what’s already been done and some really cool stuff still to come.

There’s a public forum 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunshine Center Auditorium in downtown St. Pete. More information about the technology St. Pete hopes to integrate into these parks [here](...

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