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  1. Largo promotes Joseph Pennino to deputy fire chief

    Public Safety

    LARGO — The city has a new deputy fire chief after Dave Mixson left the post to take a job as chief and director of public safety of the South Pasadena Fire Department.

    Largo Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Pennino
  2. Pinellas County approves settlement with Suncoast fire district

    Public Safety

    SEMINOLE — County commissioners on Tuesday approved a settlement with the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District, closing out a lawsuit filed last year by the district over millions of dollars of emergency medical services funding.

  3. 'There's nothing left': $253,000 worth of missing pianos stirs outrage

    Crime

    Lisa Williams was going through a messy divorce. Money was tight. She had to move to a smaller house, but there was no room for the beloved Schimmel baby grand piano she bought for her daughter two decades ago.

    Lisa Williams of Pinellas Park is one of several people who had their pianos stolen, and then lost the money they were supposed to get for them. Largo police are saying they were ripped off through a scheme run by the owner of a defunct piano shop in Clearwater.
[EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  4. Council candidate James Scott sees a green future for St. Petersburg

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — James Scott's central tenet is sustainability.

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate James Scott. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |   TIMES]
  5. McMansions, state sewage order on tap at St. Petersburg City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council is set Thursday to vote on two major issues: controversial zoning changes aimed at curbing big McMansion-style homes and a consent order with the state that will require St. Petersburg to fix its ailing sewage system.

    Two big, blocky homes on the 2300 block of Dartmouth, Ave N under construction in April. Several new homes under construction.
in St. Petersburg's Historic Kenwood Neighborhood are too big, residents complain. The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday is set to consider ordinances aimed at curbing the construction of big "McMansions." [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  6. Tom James and wife, Mary, talk about their James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — As a child, businessman and philanthropist Tom James loved cowboy movies, an affinity that would later play out in a vast collection of Western art amassed over the years with his wife, Mary.

    Tom and Mary James at the site of the Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art.
Photo courtesy of Raymond James
  7. Pinellas County budget on the rise thanks to high property values

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– After another year of growth, Pinellas County commissioners won't have to fight to pay for critical needs in the 2017-2018 budget.

    The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday learned the first details of its $2.3 billion spending plan for next fiscal year, which includes funding for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  8. Medical marijuana chain opens first dispensary in St. Petersburg

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — A medical marijuana chain opened the doors to its first dispensary in the city on Wednesday morning.

    Exterior of Trulieve, 8435 4th Street North, St. Petersburg.  Opened, 7/19/17. [SCOTT KEELER   |  TIMES]
  9. Past dogs St. Pete council candidate Corey Givens Jr. as he tackles future

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Corey Givens Jr. delivers his pronouncements with the confidence and cadence of a preacher.

    St. Petersburg City Council District 6 candidate Corey Givens Jr. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  10. Treasure Island budget keeps property tax rate flat

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — No property tax rate increase, a 1 percent raise for employees and a rise in user fees for city facilities and events are all included in the city's proposed 2017-18 budget.

    City officials are still trying to figure out how to pay for maintenance for the Treasure Island Causeway in the long term.. [LARA CERRI  |   Times]
  11. St. Petersburg police arrest boyfriend in fatal shooting

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested the man they say shot and killed his girlfriend Tuesday morning in the doorway of her home at 1100 James Ave. S.

    Looking south down 8th street from 40th Ave S. An armored swat vehicle is parked on the left at the end of the street. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
  12. Pinellas officials appoint Jewel White as new county attorney

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– Pinellas' elected officials on Tuesday unanimously voted to appoint the chief assistant county attorney to the top legal job in county government.

    Pinellas Assistant County Attorney Jewel White, 46, was appointed as County Attorney on Tuesday. [Handout from Jewel White]
  13. Yes St. Petersburg, it's time for another mayoral forum

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — Another week, another mayoral forum.

    St. Petesburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, center, addresses the crowd as Pastor Clarence Williams, right, looks on as mayoral candidate Rick Baker is seen during a mayoral forum at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church last week. The next mayoral forum is set to take place Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. [LARA CERRI | Times]
  14. Top prosecutor tells Pinellas licensing board: grand jury starts next week

    Local Government

    LARGO –– The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board was visited by a special guest on Tuesday: Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe.

    Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe, seen here in January,  told the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board on Tuesday that a grand jury will start investigating the agency on July 28.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  15. Renovated Bayfront Tower has quite a history

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — Thanks to a $12-million renovation, Beach Drive's oldest residential high-rise, Bayfront Tower, has a fresher, sleeker exterior facade, a new fitness center, renovated lobby and resurfaced pool deck. More than half of residents have opted to voluntarily replace their segmented windows with …

    The new One Beach Drive sign is part of a multimillion-dollar renovation updating the building's 1970s exterior. Completed in 1975, the 28-story building  has 255 condos, as well as commercial space. .LARA CERRI   |   Times