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Corey Avenue makeover could include re-routed traffic in St. Pete Beach listen

03/28/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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St. Pete Beach’s downtown may be in line for a major facelift. That’s if a vision plan created by an outside consulting group goes through. The city commission is getting some backlash from residents.

Consultants are recommending that traffic around downtown be re-routed away from its main street. Right now the east and west sides of Corey Avenue are split by 5 lanes of traffic by Gulf Boulevard. That’s a problem says city manager Mike Bonfield.

“Because now we historically have a coup...

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FL homeowners to pay higher rates on insurance listen

08/20/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida homeowners are frightened their cost for flood insurance could increase dramatically; one concern is over Florida's loss of federal subsidies beginning in October.

Last year, congress instituted changes to the national flood insurance program that would charge homeowners 25% more per year until their rate reflected the “true risk” for a flood. In addition, starting October 1, Floridians will lose subsidies on their insurance. St. Pete Beach Mayor Steve McFarlin said he has been...

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Businesses that suffered from the BP oil disaster have a new claims process listen

08/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some businesses along the Gulf coast are getting a second chance to get reimbursed by BP for lost revenue as a result of the 2010 oil disaster. But thousands of businesses in Florida haven’t taken advantage of the settlement. Thursday morning in St. Pete Beach business leaders met with a lawyer whose job it is to get them their money.

Any business along the Gulf coast that can prove they lost revenue during and after the BP oil spill can file a claim to get their money back. And Patri...

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After lull, Gulf coast tourism in the Tampa Bay area continues to recover listen

02/02/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tourism along the Gulf Coast took a big hit following the 2010 BP oil disaster. The St. Pete – Clearwater area felt the impacts even though their beaches were unaffected. The St. Pete Beach Chamber of Commerce re-capped marketing efforts at an event yesterday which helped the tourism economy recover.

Doreen Moore owns Total Realty Services. That company rents condos a...

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Protesters criticize Rick Perry's Social Security proposal outside pricey St. Pete Beach fundraiser listen

10/26/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Top GOP contenders are trying to get attention from Republican voters in the Sunshine State ahead the primary. And though he may have recently slid drastically in the pools, Texas governor Rick Perry is no different. Perry was in St. Pete Beach for a thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraiser, and so were a few protesters.

Texas governor Rick Perry now is polling at just six percent of the GOP vote. While cable news commentators debate whether he’s still relevant, critics of his platform are sei...

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Pinellas demonstrators speak out against Florida drilling proposal listen

06/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Environmental Protection Agency director Lisa Jackson said today that replenishing wetlands diminished in the wake of the BP oil disaster is a top priority. She says a chunk of the one billion dollars that BP has dedicated to the area will likely go toward sediment projects to restore barrier islands, which provide vital wildlife habitat and storm protection.

The disaster may have faded from headlines, but the debate on offshore drilling is ongoing. On Saturday the St. Petersburg Times ...

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Beach Theatre owner looks to go nonprofit listen

04/29/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The economy is taking its toll on small unique businesses. The Beach Theatre on St. Pete Beach is also in danger of being sold. Owner Mike France said he bought the 40-year-old movie house when it was up for sale in 2007 out of fear that someone would buy it and turn it into something other than what it was. France says a number of factors are creating a perfect storm for independent theatres across the country, but he might be able to keep the Beach Theatre open w...

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St. Pete Beach mayoral hopefuls talk hometown democracy listen

03/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Tampa mayor’s race may have grabbed the lion’s share of headlines in recent months, but communities throughout Tampa Bay have their own political showdowns in the coming days. Next week, one Pinellas Beach will pick its next mayor in a race that may shape the future of the town.

It’s the site of a pricey legal showdown between developers and residents who don’t want to see their community turn into Miami Beach. Four candidates, including the incumbent, are vying to be St. Pete ...

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Opponents Of Hometown Democracy

09/22/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Hometown Democracy is the proposed amendment to Florida's Constitution that would allow voters to decide on changes to local comprehensive plans. It's on the ballot this November. Two weeks ago we heard from supporters. Now we'll hear from opponents. Ryan Houck is executive director of Citizens for Lower Taxes and a Stronger Economy (http://www.Florida2010.org) and Ward Friszolowski is former mayor of St. Petersburg Beach.

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Public fireworks rained out on St. Pete Beach listen

07/09/10 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Despite the rainy weather, several people came to watch the public fireworks on St. Pete Beach on Independence Day. But they were up for a surprise. Fireworks did not light up the sky this time. The city sponsored light show was canceled in the last minute due to safety reasons after the fireworks operators concluded it was not safe to carry out the show in the rain.

St. Pete Beach public firework displays on Independence Day have been rare in the last couple of years. This year, says St. ...

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