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At budget summit St. Pete residents ask for higher taxes, fewer cuts to services listen

04/27/12 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The City of St. Petersburg is confronted with a budget deficit of nearly $13 million. Wednesday at the Cate Recreation Center the city hosted the first of three public budget summits. The packed house of 100 residents could only agree that the status quo of cuts without revenue hikes isn’t working.

A group called People’s Budget Review has collected over 2000 opinions from residents and submitted them to [city council and Mayor Bill Foster](http://www....

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St. Pete project calls on African-American residents to share their memories listen

03/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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St. Petersburg officials are preserving its rich African-American history with a walking trail. A group working on the project is reaching out to long-time residents of the city to compile stories straight from the source.

The trail will be completed in two phases. The first will run along 22nd Street South. The second phase will branch out to other historical sites throughout the city south of Central Avenue. One of the sites likely to be included along the trail is [Webb’s City](http:...

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St. Pete group calls on community involvement in the city's budget listen

03/19/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Political activists launched a non-partisan initiative this morning that aims at giving citizens of St. Petersburg a louder voice in the budgeting process. On the steps of City Hall, 40 supporters of the People’s Budget Review learned details of the process that reaches out to residents to gather their ideas on how tax dollars should be spent at the city level. Christian Haas spoke about the process at a press conference.

“Essentially we want to have aggregate data of the citizen’s view...

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Republican voters in St. Pete weigh in on their presidential preference listen

01/31/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite a brief surge after his win in South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is now lagging behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by 14 points according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday. Today, registered Republicans have their final chance to cast their votes for the eventual n...

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City council members in St. Pete aren't sure about new Pier budget listen

01/27/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg has chosen a design known as "The Lens" for its new Pier. At a workshop yesterday some City Council members raised budget concerns about the project.

Council member Jim Kennedy said an independent review and analysis of “The Lens” design was conducted by O...

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St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster supports light rail connection to other cities including Tampa listen

01/25/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster champions his city’s transportation accomplishments. At a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Wednesday afternoon he said he fully supports implementing light rail to connect to other cities in the region.

Tiger Bay meetings boast the ability of members to carve a politician up for lunch. St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster found himself on that platter answering questions he said he didn’t want to answer. But w...

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Thousands honor King’s legacy in St. Petersburg listen

01/17/12 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Each year, millions of Americans honor civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his vision of equality. About 100, 0000 people celebrated the 27th Annual National MLK Drum Major for Justice Parade in St. Petersburg, among them was Latesha Wimberly, who waited for the 20 marching school bands and the 120 floats near Tropicana Field

“Because he had a dream that one day all of us will share a community and that’s what happened,” she said.

Dressed in black pants and white shir...

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New St. Pete Pier proposals don't include everything in the drawings listen

12/16/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Nearly 200 residents showed up today at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg for a chance to hear from designers vying for a chance to replace the city’s iconic pier. The three companies all incorporated the concept of merging downtown with the waterfront.

Architects from BIG proposed a design they are calling the Wave. It’s a giant loop that dives into Tampa Bay. The plans include a top-floor viewing room with an observat...

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Photographers give back to the St. Pete community listen

12/15/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Dozens of photographers in Tampa Bay provided portraits for people who may otherwise not be able to afford them. The events in Tampa Bay were part of the worldwide Help Portrait movement.

It was a special day for the 41 photographers and volunteers who set up studio lights, booms and backdrops at the Macedonia Freewill Baptist Church in Midtown.

One of the organizers Chuck Vosburgh helped to make photographs of people in need.

“On December 10th this yea...

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Some St. Pete residents prefer the current design to any of the three new proposals for the Pier listen

12/09/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Petersburg city officials have selected the three finalists for a design that could replace the structurally deficient Pier. The public is torn between the three proposals, but many prefer the existing design.

Architectural renderings, videos and three-dimensional models of the three concepts are on display to the public at the St. Petersburg Museum of History. They’re being called [the Lens, the Eye, and the Wave](http://www....

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