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St. Pete inner-city elementary students get a legs-on lesson in pedestrian safety listen

10/03/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Some kids walking to school everyday face speeding drivers, sidewalks in disrepair and any number of other dangers. More than 40 students walked a mile in the rain today on their way to an elementary school in inner-city St.Pete. With police officers, firefighters and the mayor in tow, the students learned how to keep safe.

Campbell Park Elementary is in one of St. Petersburg’s poorest neighborhoods. It’s classified a Title I school which ...

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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 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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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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