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Supporters and critics of The Lens jab as city council approves multi-million dollar appropriation for new pier design listen

12/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete City Council approved spending almost $5 million to move forward with plans to build a new pier during a meeting packed with concerned residents today. Council member Wengay Newton was the only no vote. Supporters of the new pier design equaled opponents who said they’re not giving up.

“If you close the Pier down and you try to demolish it, I will be there standing in front of the equipment and you will be arresting me every time I get back out of jail.”

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Late night drink spots in St. Pete now need permits listen

12/06/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete officials are trying to clean up the city’s bar scene by requiring special permits for bars and restaurants serving alcohol past midnight. City council members approved a citywide ordinance this morning during their meeting.

Only a few bar owners showed up to complain about the issue, but most were more concerned about the possibility that council could later consider requiring high volume bars to hire off duty police officers for security. Matt Donahue owns Push Ultra Lounge...

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St. Pete's new armored surveillance vehicle has cameras, not guns listen

11/08/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg Police Department unveiled the newest addition to their crime stopping fleet this morning – it’s an armored surveillance vehicle. The mobile monitoring device can record activity in a 360-degree radius during the day or night. The former Brinks cash truck won’t be manned by a police officer. But that doesn’t mean no one is watching the area around it. It will instead by monitored remotely by officers on an as-needed basis. St. Pete Police Chief Chuck Harmon said t...

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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 Read...

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St. Pete has $10 million budget gap, may charge fire service fee to close it listen

07/11/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Pete City Council is considering whether to impose a fee on properties to pay for the city’s fire services. On Thursday, council will vote on whether to implement the suggestion proposed by Mayor Bill Foster in order to avoid cutting city services. City Council member Steve Kornell voted against the measure on first reading in June, but it advanced anyway.

“It bothered me – especially as a social worker – that now we’re going to say this is a fair way to do it because gran...

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Pinellas County school board members decline request for new reading curriculum, called out for accepting status quo listen

03/20/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Last night, 3,000 members of churches and other religious institutions in Pinellas County put some elected officials in the hot seat. Committees from the group Faith and Action for Strength Together forced yes or no answers about proposed policies from school board members, St. Pete City Council members, and the Pinellas County Sheriff. Only one proposal was declined. Several school board members rejected a program that Joe Magri, co-chair of FAST’s education committee, said has been des...

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St. Pete to hold workshop to examine Tampa Bay Rays' Trop lease listen

08/19/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg’s major league baseball team has threatened to leave the area. WMNF’s Josh Holton reports, yesterday the St. Pete City Council decided to schedule a workshop to overview the existing lease with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays are under contract to play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg until 2027. As of 2008, the Rays had received an annual11 m...

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St. Pete City Council rejects curfew for minors listen

04/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the St. Petersburg City Council voted down a proposal to explore a curfew for minors. Council member Karl Nurse brought up the idea, which would have required youths aged 16 and under to be home between 11pm and 6am during the school week. Police would have taken those caught in public during those hours home or to a so-called curfew center. Nurse’s rationale was that it would help kids get a healthy amount of sleep while keeping them out of trouble. The recent shooting of Officer Dav...

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Plastic flamingos, St. Pete officials unite to fight proposed pro-fertilizer industry law listen

04/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent years, cities throughout Florida have been banning use of certain fertilizers with the hope of curbing water pollution. Now, the state legislature is pushing through a law that would limit local control over fertilizer use. Today St. Petersburg became the latest city to pass a resolution opposing that bill.

The front lawn at St. Petersburg City Hall went kitsch this morning ahead of the City Council meeting. Dozens of pink plastic flamingos covered the small rectangle of grass. I...

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St. Pete to add optional curbside recycling for a price listen

09/02/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Being green hasn’t been easy for those living in St. Petersburg, where most residents have to sort, then lug their recyclables to a recycling center. Today, that changed. The city will soon offer curbside recycling – for a fee.

It was a unanimous decision, which St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell summed up well: it's long overdue.

The City Council has entered into a 2-year agreement with the Florida division of Waste Services Incorporated, the third largest solid waste manag...

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