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Pier Selection Committee chooses Pier Park for new St. Pete icon

04/25/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: pier, St. Pete, St. Pete City Council, Janelle Irwin

Last night, the Pier Selection Committee approved the design known as Pier Park as its top-ranked team. That design was number two in the city’s public survey. Destination, the public’s top ranked team and the only design that would have renovated the current inverted pyramid, was ranked number two by the selection committee.

The issue has been a contentious one. Following a ballot referendum in 2013 in which voters overwhelmingly rejected the previous chosen design called the Lens, the ci...

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St. Pete City Council member Karl Nurse: Rays stadium saga more nuanced than expected listen

02/20/15 Janelle Irwin
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday
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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, St. Pete City Council, Karl Nurse, Tropicana Field, Janelle Irwin

St. Pete City Council is in unanimous agreement – they want to keep the Rays in St. Pete. During a workshop considering various stadium options, the board voted on a resolution declaring their support for keeping Major League Baseball in the city.

That vote, though seemingly insignificant, is intended to send a message to Rays ownership that City Council is willing to work with them. That vote comes after a December 18 meeting where the board rejected a “memorandum of understanding” struck...

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St. Pete City Council expands residential curbside recycling listen

02/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Darden Rice, curbside recycling, St. Pete City Council, St. Pete, recycling

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Many St. Petersburg residents will soon have access to curbside recycling. City Council voted unanimously Thursday to support new Mayor Rick Kriseman’s initiative to start a search for a company to provide the service. It would also include a local hiring and living wage stipulation. The issue has been pushed heavily by city council member Darden Rice even before her election.

It could be implemented as soon as seveb months from now, but could take longer. The program will replace the cur...

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St. Pete City Council veterans say goodbye as city ushers in rookies Darden Rice and Amy Foster listen

01/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Leslie Curran, Jeff Danner, Darden Rice, Amy Foster, St. Pete City Council, St. Pete

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City council members met inside city hall to say goodbye to council members Jeff Danner and Leslie Curran who were term limited out of office. Replacing them will be Amy Foster and Darden Rice.

Foster will replace District 8’s Jeff Danner in the middle of the city butting up to Pinellas Park. Rice will take over Leslie Curran’s long held seat in District 4 which covers parts of northeast St. Pete from 9th avenue North extending to Meadowlawn.

Both Rice and Foster were joined with their...

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St. Pete Edge District and Chamber of Commerce get city funding listen

12/19/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: St. Pete, St. Pete City Council, Steve Kornell, St. Petersburg area chamber of commerce, Janelle Irwin, budget

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The St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce and a growing entertainment district near downtown was awarded a piece of city funding being divvied up for various economic development and community revitalization projects. As part of a new budget, city council used $180,000 from its reserves, freeing up that amount from the general fund. But after a morning filled with bickering about how to spend the money, board members voted unanimously to decide what to do with the remaining $124,000 later.

“T...

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Several St. Pete City Council candidates agree the Lens is a bad idea listen

08/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Candidates in St. Petersburg share this month’s ballot with a referendum asking voters whether or not to kill the contract with architects to build a new pier. During a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon Wednesday, all but one candidate for city council district eight seat said they were opposed to the design known as the Lens. The only hold out was Amy Foster said she appreciates the debate.

“But my campaign is focused on the issues that affect people’s daily lives…”

Though the cro...

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Verbal daggers thrown at St. Pete City Council candidate forum listen

07/09/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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One of the most fiercely contested St. Petersburg City Council races is shaping up to be the contest to represent parts of northeast St. Pete. All four District 4 candidates sparred during their first debate Monday night. But two of candidates took the gloves off. Tea Party activist and neurosurgeon David McKalip and longtime community activist Darden Rice threw verbal punches at each other over proposed policies.

City council seats are non-partisan. So it doesn’t matter that McKalip is ...

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St. Pete Mayor Foster jump starts plans for a new pier design listen

06/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster is getting a jump start on plans to come up with a new design to replace the iconic inverted pyramid at the end of the city’s pier. Voters will decide whether or not to kill the contract with architects to build the Lens at the end of this summer during the primary election. Foster has convened a task force of stakeholders he’s calling the 828 Alliance. During a press conference Wednesday, Foster said the 828 represents August 28th – the day after the election...

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Poverty in South St. Pete is the focus of city budget during public forum listen

06/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg residents poured into the Enoch Davis Center in mid-town St. Pete Wednesday evening to weigh in on the city’s budget. During the final public review before the mayor submits his proposed budget on July 1, residents were focused on issues affecting the low income areas of South St. Pete. Sharon Russ pushed for a change in the way the city uses neighborhood stabilization money set aside to rebuild homes in blighted communities.

“I would like the city to do more to maybe ...

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Red light cameras in St. Pete will stay, for now listen

06/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Pete City Council scheduled a public hearing about whether or not to implement a controversial new rule on red light camera tickets. It would give drivers the chance to challenge a citation sooner, but resident Matt Florell who has long been critical of the program says it could also make it harder for drivers to win an appeal because there are very few checks on who can oversee the hearing.

“It could be a lower-level city employee, an electrical engineer from a code enforcement boa...

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