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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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St. Pete City Council approves temporary ordinance for the Republican convention listen

08/10/12 Lisa Kauffman
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Pete officials say they need to have safety and security measures in place while delegates and dignitaries are in town for the pre-convention party. But some people are concerned about the ordinance infringing upon residents’ constitutional rights. Councilman Bill Dudley supported the ordinance, saying it is necessary to take all precautions.

“We can nit pick and do all that stuff, but I’m telling you, after something serious h...

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St. Pete RNC Coalition to protest at City Hall before Thursday vote on Republican convention Event Zone

08/08/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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In less than three weeks the Republican National Convention kicks off; Most of the events are in Tampa, but on Sunday August 26, St. Petersburg is hosting a giant party for delegates, dignitaries and journalists at Tropicana Field.

In response, the city is considering a temporary Event Zone ordinance similar to one passed by Tampa. They'll be voting on it Thursday and our guest, Mark Skogman from the [St. Pete RNC Coalition](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/st-pete-rnc-coalition-questions-...

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The Pier and the stadium - what happens next?

08/02/12 Mitch Perry
Last Call Thursday
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On this program we discussed the two big issues of the day - the rejection of a proposed ballot initiative on the Pier in St. Petersburg, and the Hillsborough County Commission voting to send a letter to the Tampa Bay Rays to discuss their future plans, *vis a ...

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Girl's death still inspiring change in St. Pete three years later listen

05/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Volunteers and St. Petersburg city officials worked together this weekend to bring progress out of tragedy. Three years ago, an eight year old girl was struck by a stray bullet and killed during a drive by gun assault in midtown’s Bartlett Park neighborhood. After the shooting, members of the community came together to start fixing up the neighborhood. Now, the city has renamed the street Paris Avenue, after the victim, and St. Pete’s director of housing and community development’s J...

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City Council member Jim Kennedy's new "St. Pete Together" initiative

05/18/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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On today's Last Call we spoke with St. Petersburg City Council member Jim Kennedy on his new initiative St. Pete Together.

Similar to the St. Petersburg Community Alliance formed back in the 1960's, Kennedy hopes to "bring together the neighborhoods, business districts, families and leaders of our city to address all issues of social justice".

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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://...

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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](htt...

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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’...

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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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