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Five public meetings planned for St. Pete Pier listen

06/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete, pier, downtown st. pete, Rick Kriseman, Ben Kirby

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The city of St. Pete is asking for the public’s help designing a new pier. The first of 5 public meetings kicks off Thursday at 7 p.m. at Child’s Park Recreation Center on the Southside. the city’s Ben Kirby is the city's communications director.

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St. Pete City Council expands residential curbside recycling listen

02/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Darden Rice, curbside recycling, St. Pete City Council, St. Pete, recycling

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Many St. Petersburg residents will soon have access to curbside recycling. City Council voted unanimously Thursday to support new Mayor Rick Kriseman’s initiative to start a search for a company to provide the service. It would also include a local hiring and living wage stipulation. The issue has been pushed heavily by city council member Darden Rice even before her election.

It could be implemented as soon as seveb months from now, but could take longer. The program will replace the cur...

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Former mayors Pam Iorio and Rick Baker discuss the history of Tampa and St. Pete’s development listen

01/23/14 Ashley Whitney
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Pam Iorio, Rick Baker, Suncoast Tiger Bay, A Tale of Two Cities, Tampa, Tampa Bay, St. Pete

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The cities on either side of Tampa Bay sometimes compete -- but more often their histories are complementary. At a Suncoast Tiger Bay Club meeting yesterday in St. Petersburg former Mayors Pam Iorio and Rick Baker reflected on Tampa and St. Pete.

For more than a hundred years Pinellas and Hillsborough County have been rivals and shared in a rich history. With one of the largest ports in the United States, MacDill Air Force Base, an NFL franchise, and an abundance of lush, preserved park...

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St. Pete Police change policy to no longer pursue vehicles unless chasing violent felons listen

01/09/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg, St. Pete, St. Petersburg Police, chase policy, police chases, Bill Foster

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St. Petersburg Police will no longer be able to pursue vehicles unless the driver or occupants have been involved in a violent felony.

The new chase policy was announced Thursday by Mayor Rick Kriseman and Interim Chief of Police David Dekay. It replaces the...

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St. Pete City Council veterans say goodbye as city ushers in rookies Darden Rice and Amy Foster listen

01/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Leslie Curran, Jeff Danner, Darden Rice, Amy Foster, St. Pete City Council, St. Pete

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City council members met inside city hall to say goodbye to council members Jeff Danner and Leslie Curran who were term limited out of office. Replacing them will be Amy Foster and Darden Rice.

Foster will replace District 8’s Jeff Danner in the middle of the city butting up to Pinellas Park. Rice will take over Leslie Curran’s long held seat in District 4 which covers parts of northeast St. Pete from 9th avenue North extending to Meadowlawn.

Both Rice and Foster were joined with their...

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St. Pete Edge District and Chamber of Commerce get city funding listen

12/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete, St. Pete City Council, Steve Kornell, St. Petersburg area chamber of commerce, Janelle Irwin, budget

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The St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce and a growing entertainment district near downtown was awarded a piece of city funding being divvied up for various economic development and community revitalization projects. As part of a new budget, city council used $180,000 from its reserves, freeing up that amount from the general fund. But after a morning filled with bickering about how to spend the money, board members voted unanimously to decide what to do with the remaining $124,000 later.

“T...

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Tampa scores high in new report on LGBT equality; St. Pete and other Florida cities above average listen

11/19/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: LGBT, equality, Human Rights Campaign, equality florida, Tampa, St. Pete, Florida, marriage equality, domestic partnership

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Tampa ranks high for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in American cities in a report released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

The LGBT rights group gives Tampa 89 points and St. Petersburg 66 points out of 100.

The Municipal Equality Index report was written by Cathryn Oakley, legislative council for state and municipal advocacy at the Human Rights Campaign. ...

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Rick Kriseman trounces incumbent St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster in election listen

11/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Rick Kriseman, Bill Foster, St. Pete, Darden Rice, Amy Foster

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St. Petersburg will have a new mayor come next year. Tuesday voters elected former state representative Rick Kriseman over incumbent Bill Foster. During an election party just outside downtown, Kriseman thanked supporters.

"I’m feeling very blessed right now and I’m excited about making St. Pete a better place."

Just minutes after polls closed at 7, showed Kriseman with an early ten point lead over Foster, all but...

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Kriseman, Foster defend dueling endorsements during St. Pete mayoral debate listen

10/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: Charlie Crist, Bill Foster, Rick Kriseman, Rick Scott, St. Pete

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It’s supposed to be a non-partisan race, but St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster and the man challenging him for his office at City Hall made some partisan issues the crux of a debate Wednesday at a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon. Rick Kriseman, a Democrat who formerly served in the Florida House, has been endorsed by former Governor Charlie Crist, also a Democrat. Meanwhile, Foster, a Republican, has been endorsed by fellow conservative and current governor, Rick Scott.

Kriseman and Foster were also...

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Midtown St. Pete Wal-Mart draws applicants by the hundreds listen

10/07/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: jobs, St. Petersburg, midtown, Bill Foster, Wal-Mart, St. Pete, economic development

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Wal-Mart will open a neighborhood market in midtown St. Petersburg by January, providing 95 jobs and the area’s only grocery store. Monday morning more than 200 people stood in intermittent rain waiting for their chance to apply for one of the spots in the new store. Mary Cummings got there at 6:30 to beat the crowd. The elderly African-American woman said from a lawn chair that she already has a job at a laundry mat, but isn’t making enough money to support herself.

Standing next to her w...

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