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  1. Mayor Rick Kriseman: Ridership numbers show a need for ferry service between Tampa and St. Petersburg


    CLEARWATER — With the ferry service between St. Petersburg and Tampa ending in April, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman vowed in front of the Pinellas County Commission to find money to help bring it back in November.

    Passengers board the Cross-Bay Ferry near the Tampa Convention Center.  JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
  2. New Sunpass lanes open on Sunshine Skyway


    We recently traveled south over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at evening rush hour after miles of traffic getting to the bridge from the 118th Avenue entrance on I-275.

    New Sunpass lanes are open on the Sunshine Skyiway. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

  3. Taste of the Islands expands with downtown St. Petersburg location



    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Taste of the Islands opened on 34th Street in 1992, Yvonne Thomspon said she wasn't sure it had been a good idea to get into the restaurant industry.

  4. Trial date scheduled for John Jonchuck, charged with throwing daughter off Dick Misener bridge


    John Jonchuck is scheduled to stand trial next February, three years after he was arrested on charges of throwing his 5-year-old daughter off the Dick Misener bridge.

    John Jonchuck is accused of throwing his daughter off the Dick Misener Bridge.
  5. Treasure Island residents get chance to comment on plans for golf and tennis center

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — Residents will get their first chance on April 6 to see the new design concept for the city's Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis Center.

  6. Pinellas news briefs


    Dunedin offers free swimming lessons

  7. Hometown Pinellas


    14-year-old earns Eagle Scout rank

    Beth Houghton, executive director of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, received the Roy G. Harrell Jr. Leadership Award from St. Anthony?€™s Hospital Foundation for her leadership and service to the community. (Photo courtesy of St. Anthony?€™s Hospital Foundation).
  8. Pinellas colleges notebook


    Tilar Mazzeo, the bestselling nonfiction author and biographer, will speak at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on Thursday at 11 a.m. Mazzeo teaches English at Colby College and has written several books, including the New York Times bestseller The Widow Cliquot (2008), about the widow who …

  9. Newly elected Madeira Beach officials say no purge of City Hall planned


    MADEIRA BEACH — If newly elected Mayor Maggie Black has anything to do with it, last week's election will not result in a 2011-style bloodbath for city employees.

    Madeira Beach Mayor-elect Maggie Black met with the city manager on Tuesday.
  10. Treasure Island city manager to retire after election changes City Commission


    TREASURE ISLAND — Two newcomers just elected to the City Commission may be an indication that a much-talked-about toll for the city's causeway won't become reality and future plans will be guided by a new administration.

    Treasure Island city manager Reid Silverboard has decided to retire after the recent election changed the makeup of the City Commission.
  11. Richard Wagner's 'Rienzi' will be presented by Tarpon Springs' New Century Opera

    Human Interest


    There is a populist leader. The disenfranchised are pitted against the wealthy. There is a church with strong political influence. No, it is not a story about life in 21st century America. It is the 19th century opera, Rienzi: The Last of the Tribunes composed by Richard Wagner and …

    Russell Andrade, in the title role of Cola di Rienzi, performs during the dress rehearsal. Andrade, a tenor, said the five-act opera requires stamina.
  12. Pinellas businesses look forward to end of blue law on Sunday mornings

    Local Government

    Greg Lore, manager of Clear Sky Beachside Cafe in Clearwater, was thrilled when he heard the county might allow alcohol sales starting at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

    Diners and pedestrians enjoy a pleasant Sunday morning, March 19 on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg  In early March of 2017 the Pinellas County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance that allows restaurants and stores to sell alcohol at 8 a.m. The vote brought uniformity to alcohol sales for each day of the week: 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.Local breakfast and brunch spots are impacted by the ordinance allowing morning alcohol sales.
  13. Police: Drunk man pushed horse in face in St. Petersburg



    A 21-year-old Maryland man pushed a police horse in downtown St. Petersburg on March 18, according to an arrest report. Alexander Luke Fahmy was kicked out of Yard of Ale on First Avenue N about 1:45 a.m. He pushed a bar security guard and took a "fighting stance," an officer wrote. The …

  14. Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni says he'll retire next year


    CLEARWATER — After representing residents for 25 years, Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to a fifth term in 2018.

  15. Pinellas County Commission: There were no kickbacks in ambulance contract

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– After agreeing to pay $92,700 toward a federal lawsuit involving ambulance-service kickbacks in Texas, Pinellas County commissioners on Tuesday delivered a message to residents: No kickbacks took place in their county.

    Pinellas County on Tuesday agreed to pay $97,200 settlement related to a federal whistleblower lawsuit in Texas involving its ambulance service but denied any wrongdoing. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]