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Secrecy surrounding Jabil incentives questioned listen

07/09/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last month the St. Petersburg City Council approved $12.7 million in incentives for Jabil Circuit even though the deal was so secret that there was no public notice of what was being decided.

Today, WMNF spoke with City Council member Karl Nurse, who is requesting a public workshop to come up with ways the city can be more open despite a state law that forbids disclosing information about secret economic development negotiations with companies.

The council will vote on July 24 whether ...

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Rays stadium closer to November referendum listen

06/05/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council today took a step closer to placing a referendum on November’s ballot for a new waterfront stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Council member Leslie Curran asked if the Rays would withdraw their request to be on this November’s ballot, but Rays’ President Matt Silverman said they would not be willing to reconsider.

A St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 poll released this week said most residents want the issue on the ballot, but an overwhelming majority oppose...

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Is Tropicana Field site too contaminated? listen

05/30/08 Seán Kinane and Kamala Chetty
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has given the city of St. Petersburg until July to put a deed restriction on the Tropicana Field site. Some people have concerns about whether that means that the site could not be redeveloped as hoped by the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team as part of their plan to have the city and county build them a new waterfront stadium.

The DEP’s most recent letter, dated May 8, gives the city a 60-day deadline to execute a “deed restriction for rem...

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St Pete City Council examines stadium proposal listen

05/22/08 Seán Kinane and Joyce Newnam
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday

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The St. Pete City Council held a workshop this afternoon to discuss the proposed financing plan for the construction of a new waterfront stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays and the re-development of their current home.

In their financing plan unveiled last week, the Rays contend that the existing debt that is owed on Tropicana Field would be covered by the sale of the property to either of the two developers who have submitted proposals to purchase and redevelop the property.

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Rays present stadium financial plan listen

05/15/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Tampa Bay Rays presented their preliminary financial plan for a $450 million waterfront stadium to the St. Petersburg City Council today.

The Rays said the plan would not require any new tax funding until after 2016, when a hotel tax would have to be reauthorized to continue to fund the new stadium. Before his presentation to City Council,

But the idea of including $55 million in parking revenue generated from city parking lots as part of the 61 percent the Rays consider the privat...

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St. Pete seeks input on Al Lang Stadium site listen

02/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council approved a resolution today that will seek public input on alternative uses for the current site of Al Lang Field.

Several members of the public said they want the land to become a waterfront park, not a new baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Al Lang site was not originally on the agenda for considering land development regulations. But Council member Jeff Danner added a resolution calling for public input regarding future use for the site.

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St. Pete okays two homeless ordinances listen

01/25/08 Reif Russell Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Last night at St. Petersburg’s City Hall, City Council members voted unanimously to approve two new laws that will strongly impact the daily existence of the hundreds of homeless citizens who live in the downtown area.

The ordinances, which take effect on Feb. 1, make it unlawful to sleep on downtown sidewalks during the day or leave personal items such as clothing and bedding along the public right of way.

Melissa Mohr was among the two dozen concerned citizens who spoke for three min...

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St. Pete moves to crack down on panhandlers listen

01/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council today voted unanimously to create an ordinance that would expand a ban on panhandling in downtown St. Pete.

The boundaries begin west near the Holocaust Museum and east to the Pier, while going north to the Vinoy Hotel. Downtown mainstays like Baywalk are also included.

City Attorney John Wolfe told the Council he was comfortable how the lines have been drawn. Wolfe said the ordinance is being crafted on what Ft. Lauderdale has done, and the boundaries...

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