1. Last week the St. Petersburg as the top pier design to replace the existing pier. Today, Mayor Bill Foster and members of the city council will hold a workshop about the jury's decision and whether or not to move forward with the process. The first reading of staff's approval is set for Feb.
2. A staple of live music in St. Pete has seemingly been a trip from G. Love each year. On Friday at Jannus Live, G. Love & Special Sauce will be jamming out on the stage. Gates open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $26. According to the Jannus website, "G. Love has enchanted the courtyard so many times with his easy-funky blend of hip-hop and blues that we’ve lost count."
3. The city of St. Petersburg is exploring the possibility of setting of of all city foreclosed properties. A foreclosure registry would help track those responsible for empty and abandoned properties. Another idea for cleaning up problem properties is a Top 10 list of the worst code violators.
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5. Early voting for the GOP and Pinellas County municipal elections ends at 4 p.m. this Saturday. Florida is a "closed" primary state, which means only registered Republicans can vote in the GOP primary. Don't know what precinct to visit on Jan. 31, visit votepinellas.com.