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Kanika Tomalin’s new role tops long list of changes in St. Pete City Hall

Kanika Tomalin’s new role tops long list of changes in St. Pete City Hall

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's second term has begun with a swirl of retirements and promotions at City Hall.A dozen key staffers were promoted and given raises. A half-dozen high-level officials retired.The news was announced late Jan....
Published: 01/12/18
Updated: 01/15/18
Gene Smith, St. Pete’s “Ninth Council Member,” mourned as news of death spreads

Gene Smith, St. Pete’s “Ninth Council Member,” mourned as news of death spreads

The man they called the ninth council member around St. Petersburg City Hall leaves colorful memories unlikely to face term limits.Gene Smith, 68, was found dead in his apartment at 430 5th St Monday morning, according to police.The death is still of...
Published: 01/09/18
Hillsborough GOP chair Deborah Tamargo to resign Tuesday

Hillsborough GOP chair Deborah Tamargo to resign Tuesday

TAMPA — Hillsborough County Republican Party chair Deborah Tamargo said she will resign her position Tuesday as she faces a grievance filed against her by other party officers.Tamargo announced her resignation in an email sent to party members ...
Published: 01/08/18
U.S. Rep. Castor backs Mariella Smith for Hillsborough commission seat

U.S. Rep. Castor backs Mariella Smith for Hillsborough commission seat

Just a few days into her nascent campaign for Hillsborough County commissioner, Democrat Mariella Smith has picked up an endorsement from one of Tampa's best-known elected officials: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.Smith, running for the District 5 seat in a ...
Published: 01/08/18
How did St. Petersburg mayor  Rick Kriseman do on his campaign promises?

How did St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman do on his campaign promises?

Mayor Rick Kriseman made several new promises for St. Petersburg ahead of his second term, including raising the minimum wage to $15 for city workers and reducing the city’s poverty rate.Before round two as mayor starts Jan. 2, PolitiFact Flori...
Updated one month ago
Democrats line up behind candidate in one of Florida’s most vulnerable GOP-held state House seats

Democrats line up behind candidate in one of Florida’s most vulnerable GOP-held state House seats

Looks like Tampa Bay Democratic leaders are eager to avoid an expensive primary in the race to replace outgoing state House Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, which they see as a prime pickup opportunity. House District 69 candidate Jennife...
Published: 12/28/17
Updated: 01/05/18
Rep. Grant, Sen. Young push for high-tech transit money over rail

Rep. Grant, Sen. Young push for high-tech transit money over rail

TAMPA — State Sen. Dana Young and Rep. Jamie Grant want the state to spend transportation dollars on driverless cars and rapid buses, not rail.Tampa Bay has tried, and failed, for more than three decades to build a more robust transit system. T...
Updated one month ago
St. Pete City Council likely to approve hike in reclaimed water rates

St. Pete City Council likely to approve hike in reclaimed water rates

ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members are poised to approve a steep hike in reclaimed water rates at Thursday’s meeting.However, that increase could turn into a 25.5 percent hike that may only be a one-year bump, instead of the five-year ...
Updated one month ago
Why money for Lightning arena upgrades can’t go to teachers

Why money for Lightning arena upgrades can’t go to teachers

TAMPA — On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hillsborough County were working on a deal to keep the team at Tampa through 2037.As part of the proposal, the county will put $61 million into upgrades at Amalie...
Updated one month ago
That time when you rode a Coast bike for more than 28 miles…

That time when you rode a Coast bike for more than 28 miles…

When the Coast bikes first started popping up in St. Petersburg last year, the idea was for residents to use them for short hops around town.But some users had more ambitious plans.At the request of the Tampa Bay Times, CycleHop, which partners ...
Updated one month ago