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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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Hillsborough attorney suggests ways county could talk with Rays

07/31/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Thursday the Hillsborough County Commission will hear from their legal team whether they can can talk with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Major League team is under a long-term contract with the city of St. Petersburg to rent Tropicana Field, but some politicians in Tampa and Hillsborough County haven’t been shy about their desire to lure the team across the Bay. In April, Commissioner Ken Hagan requested legal guidance from the county attorney whether they could talk with the Rays “about their ...

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Pier demolition permit filed in St. Pete before decision on referendum listen

07/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The City of St. Petersburg has applied for a demolition permit for the iconic and possibly doomed Pier. The move comes as City Council members are considering putting a referendum on the ballot asking voters whether they even want the inverted pyramid destroyed. But Rick Dunn, a building official with the city said a permit can’t be approved until all utilities are turned off.

“And in this case, the Pier itself is not planned, scheduled to close until at least the Spring so, we woul...

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St. Pete RNC Coalition questions public spending on Republican gala at the Trop

07/27/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we were joined by two members of the newly formed St. Pete RNC Coalition. As you know, the Republican National Convention will be descending on the Tampa Bay area one month from now. The Coalition has some real concerns about the size and legitimacy of St. Pete's recently announced Event Zone. They're also questioning why the city is ...

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Law enforcement agencies release list of road closures for Republican Convention in Tampa

07/23/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Late Monday law enforcement agencies released a list of roads that will be closed and other transportation limitations in Tampa and St. Petersburg during August's Republican National Convention.

According to the document (which can be found below) many downtown Tampa roads, including the Selmon Expressway, will be closed for a week. Pedestrians will be restricted south of Brorein St.

Across the bay in St. Pete, many roads will be closed for several blocks around Tropicana Field for part...

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Despite objections, St. Pete officials move forward with plans to replace the Pier listen

06/14/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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City officials in St. Petersburg are moving closer to finalizing plans to replace the pier and its iconic “inverted pyramid.” Thirty-five people showed up Tuesday night in South St. Pete to one of several information-gathering public meetings about the future of the downtown pier.

After years of consideration, St. Pete City Council voted in May to approve a contract with Michael Maltzan Architecture for the construction of an all-new structure. Jason Jensen, an architect with the com...

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St. Pete's going green with solar water heaters listen

05/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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St. Petersburg officials are celebrating the completion of a federally funded energy efficiency program. A new solar water heater on the roof of the city’s Coliseum and twenty others will save the city more than $22,000 a year. But U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said saving money isn’t the program’s only benefit.

“Created jobs by putting solar panels on the Coliseum and many city of St. Petersburg facilities like City Hall. It updated the air conditioning systems at community...

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