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Jane Castor kicks off mayoral run: ‘We are Tampa Strong’

Jane Castor kicks off mayoral run: ‘We are Tampa Strong’

TAMPA — Jane Castor wants the city to know it’s strong, she’s strong and that she’ll be the strong mayor that Tampa needs.The former police chief kicked off her mayoral campaign at the Columbia restaurant in Ybor Cit...
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Former St. Petersburg Mayor Don Jones dies at age 92

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Don Jones dies at age 92

ST. PETERSBURG — Former Pinellas County Commissioner and St. Petersburg Mayor Don Jones died Wednesday. He was 92.Jones served on the City Council from 1963-67 and then served as mayor from 1967-1969. Jones  held office during a time ...
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Council approves solar canopy for parking at St. Pete pier district

Council approves solar canopy for parking at St. Pete pier district

ST. PETERSBURG – City Council voted Thursday to enter into a lease with Duke Energy Florida to build covered parking out of solar panels at the new Pier District.The project will provide 100 covered parking spaces with a roof made of solar pane...
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Need dirt for that Rocky Point dredge and fill? The Florida State Fair is at your service

A plan to fill in a patch of open water in Tampa Bay gained a preliminary green light this week, but many more steps remain before a lagoon in Rocky Point turns from water into land for expensive town homes.Prime Companies, an Albany, New York-area d...
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St. Petersburg will no longer put officers in elementary schools

St. Petersburg will no longer put officers in elementary schools

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Tuesday morning that the city has reversed course on its school security plan and will no longer take police officers off the streets to serve in elementary schools.A new state law requires armed g...
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Charlie Miranda may target seat held by fellow Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco

Charlie Miranda may target seat held by fellow Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco

Guido Maniscalco filed for re-election in District 6 Thursday.For now, he's the only candidate for the district that includes West Tampa, Westshore and Seminole Heights.That political solitude may not last long.His Tampa City Council colleague, Charl...
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Jacob decides against joining Tampa’s mayor race

Jacob decides against joining Tampa’s mayor race

The field is already crowded in the race to replace term-limited Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.Retired banker and philanthropist David Straz threw his hat into the ring this week, joining former police chief Jane Castor, council members Harry Cohen a...
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Bob Dillinger’s chief assistant announces election bid for Pinellas-Pasco public defender

Sara Mollo, the chief assistant public defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, plans to run for the office's top job in 2020.She has filed candidacy paperwork with the Division of Elections to run for the upcoming vacancy from Public Defender Bob Di...
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David Straz says city should spend $100 million on new Rays ballpark. Campaign later backtracks.

David Straz thinks the Tampa Bay Rays are "very good" for the region and, specifically, Tampa.To that end, the city should spend about $100 million to help build a new ballpark for the team, he said.Straz, a retired banker and philanthropist, weighed...
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Waiting for Pasco: Tampa council delays K-Bar Ranch housing

Waiting for Pasco: Tampa council delays K-Bar Ranch housing

The Tampa City Council decided Thursday to wait on Pasco County's next move regarding connecting crucial roads between booming New Tampa and Wesley Chapel.Council members agreed to delay a final vote to June 28 on a proposal to place up to 700 new ho...
Updated: 2 months ago