Saturday, May 25, 2013
District 4 city council candidates Darden Rice and Dr. David McKalip defend their residency qualifications for the district.
Every 10 years the city is required to initiate a redistricting process. That process was completed earlier this year by the redistricting committee and the new city council district maps were approved in March. Two of the District 4 candidates, Dr. David McKalip and Darden Rice, were drawn out of their district and into District 3 but previously said they would still qualify by either moving or having another residence in district 4. However, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times, both Rice and McKalip are not living where they claim. The report said the Times visited both listed addresses but found no one living there. In both cases neighbors said there is no activity at those locations. In interviews with Patch, both McKalip …
Friday, May 24, 2013
What are you doing this weekend, St. Pete?
1. Rays vs. Yankees The Tampa Bay Rays are back in town this weekend to take on American League East Division rivals that New York Yankees. Friday's game begins at 7:10 p.m., Saturday's game at 4:10 p.m. and Sunday's game at 1:40 p.m. The brief five-game home stand also brings the Miami Marlins to town Monday and Tuesday. Tickets to the games can be purchased online. 2. Last weekend of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' This weekend is your last chance to catch American Stage Theater's presentation of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' in Demens Landing for its annual theater in the park. "Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A campaign fundraiser for Darden Rice was held Tuesday night at Cassis in downtown St. Petersburg.
District 4 City Council candidate Darden Rice spoke Tuesday night at Cassis in downtown St. Petersburg about one of her first experiences in politics 21 years ago. She recalled reaching out to newly elected Florida state legislator Charlie Crist about an offshore drilling ban. Unable to speak with him, Rice said she left a message thinking she would hear nothing more. To her surprise, however, Crist called her back to thank her for taking the time to call him and say he supported banning offshore drilling. Tuesday night, the former Republican governor turned out to help Rice again a fundraiser for her campaign for District 4. "I think that Darden is incredibly special," Crist said Tuesday night. Crist, a long-time St. Pete resident, …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The public can buy plants and trees at the Pinellas County Jail through the inmate horticulture program.
The Pinellas County Jail is probably not the first place you may consider to purchase your next pot of flowers or palm tree, but the community can do just that at the 49th Street facility in Clearwater. The inmates help nurture and grow as a part of the jail's horticulture program. Pinellas Technical Education Centers instructor Chuck Pool works with the inmates and teaches plant cultivation and care. The program is self-funded through plant sales. "The prices and the quality of the plants are wonderful," said Tom LeBlanc, of Largo, who was shopping for trees recently. Almost hidden between buildings and fences is the two-acre plot of land, which houses the inmate horticulture program's plant nursery. The plants come from an area wholesale…
The headquarters is a 110,000- square-foot building located near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North and Gandy Boulevard. It is part of a 13-acre, $42 million project.
Tuesday afternoon city officials will celebrate the opening of the American Strategic Insurance headquarters in St. Pete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. According to the city, the headquarters is a 110,000- square-foot building located near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North and Gandy Boulevard. It is part of a 13-acre, $42 million project. "Our new headquarters is a symbol of the company's success and a celebrated milestone," said John Auer, ASI's CEO in a news release. "As we progress in our 16th year of operation, I look forward to enjoying the work environment that is focused on employees and fosters our values of attitude, speed and innovation." The new building, which is designed to withstand a Category 5 …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The cost to get basic medical diagnostic tests, including colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms, vary by county across Florida.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
What are you doing, St. Pete?
1. Toast to the Pier Party LocalShops1 and St. Pete Patch will be taking over the roof of the St. Petersburg Pier Saturday for the Raise a Toast to the Pier Party. The day's events start at noon and include an art show, live music, water ski show and cocktail party. At 5:30 p.m., Cha Cha Coconuts Tropical Bar & Grill, Fresco's Waterfront Bistro, and Jonny Reno's Waterfront Restaurant & Watering Hole will battle it out in the Ultimate Pier Cocktail competition. The event is free and is from noon - 9 p.m. 2. Ferg's Fundraiser for Family Help some of St. Pete's own Saturday at Ferg's Sports bar on Central Avenue. The local pub will be hosting a fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday to raise money for Renee Mott and her son Dylan. The Mott family …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Tampa Bay Community is again going to gather on Saturday, May 18, at Ferg’s Sports bar in St. Pete to help a family in need.
The St. Petersburg community will be rallying Saturday evening at Ferg's Sports bar to help a local family after a fire destroyed the home of Renee Mott and her son, Dylan. On March 17, the Mott family was able escape the raging fire in their St. Pete home but quickly learned that insurance was not going to help. According to Ferg's, after contacting the insurance company, Renee found they had no contents insurance on the property, leaving her and Dylan to live for the past two months in the burnt out remains. Dylan, a freshman at Osceola High School, had a local lawn care business to help out his mom; however, all of his equipment was destroyed in the fire, a news release said. "You can imagine how this mom & son are feeling," Ferg's …
Monday, May 13, 2013
The People's Budget Review offers up proposals for the 2014 budget as the second budget forum is taking place Wednesday night.
Ahead of Wednesday's budget forum on the fiscal year 2014 budget, the People's Budget Review has released a list of budget policy proposals that touch on sustainability, local businesses, youth employment, neighborhoods, support for the arts and urban agriculture. The results were based on a budget survey taken by more than 500 St. Petersburg residents. "After receiving input from hundreds of residents about their vision for the future of St. Petersburg, The People’s Budget Review has compiled several policy proposals meant to enhance what residents say they like about their city, what they would like to change about their city, and what they want St. Petersburg to be 10 years from now," the group said in a statement on its website. "The…
Families from across Tampa Bay helped plant sea oats and celebrate 50 years at Fort De Soto on Saturday. Did you go? Share your photos with us!
From live music to a show by the Tampa Bay Ski Show, Fort De Soto featured something for everyone on Saturday. The 50th Anniversary Celebration featured a sea oats planting event, live music, a re-dedication ceremony and more. Did you go? Feel free to add your photos or videos from your day at the beach with us! Just add them to this gallery! Sign up for the St. Pete Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!