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Ken Welch on all things going on in Pinellas County

02/07/13 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Pinellas County Commission Chair Ken Welch joined us for the entire hour, talking about Rays stadium issues, the Pier, a light-rail system in the county, and many other issues.

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Genetically Engineered Trees Secretly Planted in Florida? And Mayor Bill Foster Says He Has Every Intention of Running for Re-Election

11/28/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up we’ll talk with the mayor of St. Petersburg about baseball, the Lens and his plans for the future…. And we’ll also hear from an environmentalist who is raising the alarm about the planting of genetically modified trees in the US.

But first, five listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we spent the hour talking about WMNF’s programming- in light of the fact that we are in the regular two year process of making ...

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Listening to residents, St. Pete raises property taxe rate for first time in more than two decades listen

09/28/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg City Council has approved a budget that doesn’t include the controversial Fire Readiness Fee. After hearing from impassioned public comment, council members increased the city’s millage rate in a final vote Thursday night.

Winding up the 2012 fiscal year, St. Pete officials found themselves having to dig into reserves to cover a more than $5 million shortfall. To cover that, city officials proposed a flat tax on all properties regardless of their value. The [Fire Readines...

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn considers whether Tampa could be home to Rays listen

09/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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While the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster haven’t been on speaking terms, the future. While The Rays are contracted to play at Tropicana Field until 2027, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Downtown Tampa could be their new home if the team left St. Pete.

The Tampa Bay Rays are all the rage in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. But the team is looking for a new stadium that St. Petersburg might not be ready to build quite yet. As...

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Pinellas bed tax revamp may fund new Dali building but not baseball stadium listen

11/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Every hotel, resort, and R.V. park in Pinellas County charges guests a five percent sales tax for every night, as long as the duration is under six months. Today the Pinellas County Commission discussed changes to that tax that may mean more dollars will go to a key attraction. Assistant County Attorney Dennis Long says the tax is crucial.

"Each cent generated approximately $4.8 million or we will expect it to generate about that much in 2010."

The tourist development tax, often call...

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Rowdies withdraw Town 'N Country stadium proposal listen

01/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A proposal for owners of the Tampa Bay Rowdies to build their own stadium in Town 'N Country was withdrawn this morning after it was apparent that it would not approved by the Hillsborough County Commission in its current form.

Local opposition had formed around concerns about noise and the availability of parking.

The Rowdies would play in the new United Soccer Leagues First Division.

The team’s President and part owner, Andrew Nestor told the Board that opponents had given misinf...

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Pinellas tourism board discusses Rays ballpark listen

07/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Although the pressure is off on making any immediate decisions, the Pinellas County Tourism Development Council today was still talking about the Tampa Bay Rays and a new ballpark to replace Tropicana Field.

Two weeks ago, the Rays opted to cancel plans for a possible referendum in November in St. Petersburg that would have asked local residents whether they approved using the waterfront for a new park. Questions about a lack of parking, and having an open air facility, gave many residents...

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Rays' ballpark plan benched listen

06/25/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon withdrew a proposal to build a new ballpark on the waterfront this year.

The St. Petersburg City Council has been holding meetings for months in trying to understand the issue. They had to decide by Aug. 7 whether to put a measure on the November ballot to allow citizens decide whether they wanted the park.

The announcement was made this afternoon by team President Matt Silverman. Silverman did not say when the Rays will ask for another stadium, or whe...

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Citizens for Sox hold a pep rally listen

06/17/08 Virginia Hoffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A group calling themselves called the Citizens for Sox has formed in Sarasota. They hosted a public forum and pep rally last week to energize support for bringing the Boston Red Sox to their community.

Citizens for Sox organizers packed the room Thursday night to launch a grassroots effort comparable to a political campaign. The goal of this effort is to convince the Boston Red Sox to locate the team's spring training in Sarasota. The team has trained in Fort Meyers and played home spring...

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Rays stadium closer to November referendum listen

06/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council today took a step closer to placing a referendum on November’s ballot for a new waterfront stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Council member Leslie Curran asked if the Rays would withdraw their request to be on this November’s ballot, but Rays’ President Matt Silverman said they would not be willing to reconsider.

A St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll released this week said most residents want the issue on the ballot, but an overwhelming majority oppose...

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