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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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Students in south St. Pete learn about healthy eating while growing their own food listen

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Students at two south St. Petersburg schools are learning about healthy eating by growing their own food. Organizers hope the knowledge the kids get will help them continue to make smart food choices as they grow up.

An organization called The Edible Peace Patch has helped to create gardens at Lakewood Elementary and Sanderlin IB World School in areas of south St. Petersburg facing economic challenges. The gardens manager, Erin Mattick, says students don’t normally get a chance to grow t...

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New electric vehicle charging stations installed in St. Petersburg listen

05/09/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Several electric vehicle charging stations have recently opened in St. Petersburg. Two charging stations are open at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus and ten other stations have opened throughout downtown and the Grand Central district.

Now electric vehicle motorists can charge their cars for free in St. Pete. The installation of the new charging stations creates opportunities for residents to use alternate energy sources instead of fossil fuels as a way to promot...

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Live preview of new Salvador Dali Museum opening in St. Pete listen

01/10/11 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tomorrow the new Salvador Dali Museum opens to the public in St. Petersburg. Our reporter, Janelle Irwin just toured the museum and is live on the scene.

"Hi Sean, I'm here in front of the new Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg. Beautiful building overlooking Tampa Bay that is set to open tomorrow beginning with a procession from the old building that will end here at the new building at around 10 a.m. They also have a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for noon tomorrow that ...

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Peace activists protest Gen. Petraeus in St. Pete listen

01/14/10 Tom Baur & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today peace activists from St. Pete for Peace and Veterans for Peace protested outside an event hosted by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, where the keynote speaker was Gen. David Petraeus.

The groups were rallying to "support the troops who refuse to take part in war crimes,” as well as protesting Gen. Petraeus' appearance and the Chamber of Commerce's push to curtail civil liberties at BayWalk.

We will bring you a full report tomorrow.

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