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St. Pete group wants city to offer free curbside recycling listen

03/25/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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St. Petersburg residents have to pay $45 a year if they want their recyclables picked up curbside. The League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg wants to change that. Karen Coale, the chapter’s president, will kick off an effort called the People’s Trash Monday night at Studio@620 in downtown.

"It is a new campaign for this year that's kicking off tonight. The League of Women Voter's is probably most known for our voter registration and voter education but we also look at issues; n...

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St. Pete conservative activist wants city to limit surveillance drones listen

02/08/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A conservative St. Petersburg activist and blogger wants the city to ban the use of drones except in certain situations. David McKalip, a St. Pete neurosurgeon wants to limit the use of surveillance drones.

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Former state Rep. Rick Kriseman is "seriously considering" a bid for St. Pete mayor listen

01/31/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former state Representative Rick Kriseman’s lips have been sealed about speculation that he may run for mayor of St. Pete this year. But now Kriseman says he is "seriously considering" it.

When Kriseman, a Democrat, announced that he wouldn’t be seeking another term in the Florida House, he said it was because he was fed up with the Republican-controlled legislature. According to state campaign finance reports, Kriseman donated all of his campaign funds to...

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Callers aren't sold on need for new Rays stadium; mixed opinions on gun control

01/30/13 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Where will Tampa Bay’s Major League Baseball team play a decade from now?

The team seems to be saying it wants out its lease of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg but wants to stay in the region.

St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster wants the Rays to stay in his city.

This week Pinellas County officials said they are open to the team considering regional options.

The Rays spoke with Hillsborough County Commissioners last week.

We heard from listeners about their opinions.

We also c...

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The Pier; and Tampa Bay Times controversial story of a woman who ended up killing herself

12/06/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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Shortly after the St. Pete City Council voted to support funding to continue the design and pre-construction work on the new design for the Pier called the Lens, Council Chair Leslie Curran spoke to us about the recent design changes made by L.A. based architect Michael Maltzan's firm.

Later in the show local political blogger Peter Schorsch (stpetersblog 2.0) came on the program to defend himself from the recent criticism he received after he criticized the "Tampa Bay Times" and their sto...

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Proposed second St. Pete baseball stadium has a price, but no funding plans released yet listen

10/01/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A local developer is trying to stimulate conversation about how to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. A group released plans last Friday for a new baseball stadium in the mid-Pinellas Carillon area that includes a retractable roof and a price tag, but no known way to pay for it.

Owners of the Tampa Bay Rays aren’t happy in their current home at Tropicana Field where many seats are often empty on game days. Speculation of moving the team across the Bay to Tampa prompted St. Pete...

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St. Pete set to vote on new budget

09/26/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Two weeks ago the St. Petersburg City Council rebuffed Mayor Bill Foster's calls to raise revenue through a fire fee for all properties. Instead the city voted to increase its property tax millage rate for the first time in two decades. If the budget passes its second vote, city services won't be cut and a lot can be attributed to public outcry.

The final budget hearing and vote is Thursday at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Recently an effort called the Peo...

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St. Pete kills fire fee; poised to raise property tax rate buoyed by residents' calls to maintain services listen

09/14/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Late Thursday night the St. Petersburg City Council rebuffed the Mayor's calls to raise revenue through a fire fee for all properties; instead the city increased its property tax millage rate for the first time in 2 decades.

City services won't be cut and a lot can be attributed to public outcry.

Recently an effort called the Peoples’ Budget Review has surveyed city residents and found they prefer tax increases to cuts in services. WMNF interviewed Rick Smith, who has been involved i...

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Hillsborough Commission invites Tampa Bay Rays to public meeting to talk about their future listen

08/02/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Thursday to invite the Tampa Bay Rays to a public meeting to talk about their long term plans. The major league baseball team has made it clear they want to move to a new stadium, despite being under contract with the City of St. Petersburg to play at Tropicana Field for another decade and a half. Some politicians in Tampa and Hillsborough County, like Commissioner Ken Hagan, want to consider the possibilities of luring the Rays across the Bay.

The v...

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St. Pete City Council denies referendum on Pier despite 23,000 signatures listen

08/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday the St. Petersburg city council rejected petitions from 23,000 residents who want to save the iconic waterfront pier at their meeting today. Leaders of the massive petition drive say they aren’t going to stop the fight.

The 6-2 City council vote was a blow to Tom Lambdon who chairs the group VoteonthePier.com. He has been one of the loudest voices opposing plans to build the Lens. Instead he wants the existing structure and its approach r...

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