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  1. Pinellas construction licensing board needs to be fixed. But how?

    Local Government

    LARGO –– Everyone agrees that the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board needs to be reformed. But no one agrees on how to do it.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Rodney, at a February meeting. His management of the agency was criticized by an inspector general's report. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  2. Hometown Pinellas


    St. Petersburg native graduates from basic training

  3. St. Petersburg council sets millage rate in first budget hearing

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council set the millage rate and gave initial approval to Mayor Rick Kriseman's $538 million budget at Thursday night's hearing.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman talks about the state of the city on Tuesday, two days after Hiurricane Irma passed through the state. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  4. Woman's decomposed body found near St. Petersburg railroad tracks


    ST. PETERSBURG — A woman's body was found near the railway tracks behind an empty building at 3100 38th Ave. N, according to St. Petersburg police.

  5. Four Largo city employees lose jobs for not working during Hurricane Irma

    Local Government

    LARGO — Four public works employees lost their jobs because they didn't show up to work during Hurricane Irma.

    Four public works employees resigned or were fired because they didn't show up to work during Hurricane Irma. The employees, two of whom were fired and two resigned, said they decided to be with their families considering the magnitude of the storm. But City Manager Henry Schubert said Thursday most city employees are required to be present during an emergency. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  6. Food bank seeking donations after Hurricane Irma


    CLEARWATER — RCS Food Bank has seen a surge in need following Hurricane Irma. The food bank saw a 48 percent increase of households requesting food on Monday compared to an average day, according to Director of Communications Lauren Misa.

  7. Habitat for Humanity celebrates Clearwater milestone

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County completed the Stevens Creek neighborhood on Saturday by dedicating the 51st and final home.

  8. Groups distribute food in Largo after Hurricane Irma


    LARGO — Early Tuesday, a truck headed to the Greater Ridgecrest Branch YMCA from the Hillsborough County headquarters of Feeding Tampa Bay was welcomed by Salvation Army Clearwater staffers and volunteers. The mission: help fellow Pinellas County residents rest a bit easier, at least for a moment, by giving …

    Susan McCarthy, center, and sister Barbara McCarthy, right, work together to load boxes of food on Tuesday in a car for Dunedin resident Diane Troupe, left, at the Greater Ridgecrest Branch YMCA in Largo, part of the Salvation Army Mobile Food Pantry's effort to help residents of Pinellas County  in the wake of Hurricane Irma. .DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times

  9. Pinellas Humane Society seeks help after Hurricane Irma

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — The Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590, is seeking donations to repair $15,000 worth of damage to its building. The shelter moved its more than 200 animals to emergency foster homes during Hurricane Irma. During the storm, the roof of the cat isolation area was damaged. Medical supplies, …

  10. Largo's property tax rate to rise

    Local Government

    LARGO — City commissioners on Tuesday approved a higher property tax rate for next year.

    Largo Mayor Woody Brown favored a smaller tax increase than some other commissioners.
  11. League of Women Voters sustainability summit now set for Saturday


    ST. PETERSBURG — A sustainability summit delayed by Hurricane Irma has been rescheduled for Saturday.

  12. Looking Back: Have you ever heard of Goose Pond?


    I've lived in St. Petersburg most of my life. After a brief spell in North Carolina, my family moved back to St. Petersburg for good in 1978. And in all that time I've never heard the area around Central Plaza referred to as "Goose Pond."

    1952: Factors which made the Central Plaza development logical can be discerned in this photo, by those who know the realty situation here. Low grade and a 55-acre school site in storage kept the 90-acre Goose Pond (upper center) almost bare until now. 

  13. Report slams Pinellas construction licensing agency and leaders

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board mismanaged its finances, lacked accountability and disregarded its own rules, according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the county's inspector general.

    Rodney Fischer, the executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, resigned in January.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  14. Worker fixing cable line in Feather Sound after Hurricane Irma dies after fall from ladder

    Public Safety


    A 53-year-old worker repairing a cable line in the Feather Sound area on Saturday fell from his ladder and died, the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office said.

  15. Tonight: St. Petersburg's six City Council candidates face off


    ST. PETERSBURG — Politics took a break in Hurricane Irma, but now it's time for City Council races to get going. The Council of Neighborhood Associations is set to host a candidate forum for the six candidates vying for three council seats at stake in November.