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Contract to build new Howard Frankland Bridge is record $814M

Contract to build new Howard Frankland Bridge is record $814M

ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Department of Transportation is prepared to pay a contractor $814 million to design and build a new, 8-lane Howard Frankland Bridge linking Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.A draft request for proposals outli...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Pinellas County’s top choice for top job: Barry Burton

Pinellas County’s top choice for top job: Barry Burton

A nationwide search ended Thursday when the Pinellas County Commission unanimously selected an official from outside Chicago to be the next county administrator.Now, all Barry Burton has to do is accept the job.It took the commission about 35 minutes...
Updated: 10 hours ago
A Hillsborough school board candidate strikes a nerve when he emails his pitch to teachers

A Hillsborough school board candidate strikes a nerve when he emails his pitch to teachers

This post is updated with the candidate's response.Laurie Rodriguez opened her Hillsborough County School District email and found a campaign flyer for Steve Cona, a builders association executive who is running for School Board.Rodriguez, a teacher ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Hillsborough to regulate massage parlors in crackdown on prostitution

Hillsborough to regulate massage parlors in crackdown on prostitution

TAMPA – Hillsborough County has followed the city of Tampa in cracking down on illicit services like prostitution by moving to regulate massage parlors and bathhouses.County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a law restrict...
Published: 08/15/18
St. Pete wants to get tougher on single-use plastics, polystyrene

St. Pete wants to get tougher on single-use plastics, polystyrene

ST. PETERSBURG — Food trucks, grocery stores, restaurants and any business that serves food and drink in the city could face some big changes in the way they use plastic and polystyrene products in the coming years.Imagine paying 5 cents f...
Published: 08/15/18
Pinellas commissioners interview county administrator candidates

Pinellas commissioners interview county administrator candidates

ST. PETERSBURG — The four candidates vying to become the next administrator of Pinellas County spent the past two days making their pitch to dozens of community leaders — and to their future bosses, the County Commission.Now it's a waitin...
Published: 08/14/18
Diver sues city of St. Petersburg over sewage spills, hearing loss

Diver sues city of St. Petersburg over sewage spills, hearing loss

ST. PETERSBURG —A certified diver and boat captain is suing the city, alleging that the 2015 sewage spills — and lack of proper notification — caused him to suffer a hearing loss from the bacteria he was exposed to while unknow...
Published: 08/14/18
Voters can meet Pinellas county administrator candidates

Voters can meet Pinellas county administrator candidates

Pinellas County voters will have the opportunity to meet the candidates who are seeking to become the next county administrator.The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners will host a meet-and-greet on Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Hilton ...
Published: 08/10/18
Mailer slams GOP candidate for posing with a smiling Obama. But he’s a wax Obama.

Mailer slams GOP candidate for posing with a smiling Obama. But he’s a wax Obama.

A lesson for politicians: Be careful where you stand.It comes from an anonymous committee that's sending mailers attacking Todd Marks in his Republican primary race against Aakash Patel in the race for Hillsborough County Commission District 7.Marks ...
Published: 08/09/18
After making the ballot, All for Transportation launches Hillsborough campaign

After making the ballot, All for Transportation launches Hillsborough campaign

TAMPA – One day after making the General Election ballot, leaders of All for Transportation on Thursday formally launched a campaign to convince Hillsborough County voters to back a sales tax transportation initiative.Speaking Thursday morning ...
Published: 08/09/18