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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 ...

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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. B...

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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 whit...

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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 obse...

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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 y...

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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://ww...

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Archaeologists concerned about disc golf course and beach erosion at St. Pete's Maximo Park listen

11/14/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Maximo Park is regarded by many as an important environmental and archeological site in South Pinellas. It’s on Boca Ciega Bay alongside Eckerd College. But ten years ago a disc golf course was established. But can the disc golf players coexist with environmentalists and the local community?

Maximo Park is situated on a Tocobaga Indian mound that dates back 6,000 years. Ray Wunderlich, a member of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s Citizens Advisory Council, a board member of the Pinellas...

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St. Petersburg voters keep a close watch on a mater plan for downtown's waterfront listen

11/08/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, St. Petersburg residents are voting on City Council positions and several amendments. Some voters are keeping a close eye on City Council spots but many want to make sure Downtown waterfront parks stay public, and private contractors stay out. Four city council seats and 8 amendments make up this years ballot in the St. Petersburg general elections. Many residents like Lynette Fry and her husband David have a keen eye on charter amendment three, involving the city’s plans for the...

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn considers whether Tampa could be home to Rays listen

09/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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While the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster haven’t been on speaking terms, the future. While The Rays are contracted to play at Tropicana Field until 2027, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Downtown Tampa could be their new home if the team left St. Pete.

The Tampa Bay Rays are all the rage in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. But the team is looking for a new stadium that St. Petersburg might not be ready to build quite yet. ...

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