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New Chase Bank branch now open

New Chase Bank branch now open

St. Petersburg, Florida-- A new Chase Bank branch is open near the Tyrone Square Mall.

The bank at 1280 66th Street North includes a drive up ATM. This is one of several new branches Chase has opened in the Bay area in recent months.

Local businesses celebrate Keystone Road reconstruction

Local businesses celebrate Keystone Road reconstruction

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Businesses along Keystone Road are excited about the end of the three-year, $32 million reconstruction project.  In fact, dozens of them are offering special promotions to customers as a way to celebrate.

The one-time two lane road between U.S. 19 and East Lake Road was widened to four lanes. During the reconstruction phase, many drivers avoided the area, along with the businesses in the corridor.

Proposed Changes to Coral Reef on St. Pete Beach

Proposed Changes to Coral Reef on St. Pete Beach

Gulfport, Florida -- The Coral Reef hotel on St. Pete Beach wants to grow and change. At a July meeting in Pass-a-Grille, 5800 Gulf Holdings LLC held a public meeting to present its plans for improvement. 

Here's the bare facts from the proposal:

Seen About Town: Sipping Local at Pia's

Seen About Town: Sipping Local at Pia's

Gulfport, Florida -- With everyone from the mayor's wife to locally known political activists present, people put politics aside to descend on Pia's.

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Heard About Town: Business News and Rumors on Boca Ciega Bay

Heard About Town: Business News and Rumors on Boca Ciega Bay

Gulfport, Florida -- Locally renowned Chef Jackie Smit, formerly of St. Pete Beach's Chill and then Riviera Supper Club, has opened Jackie's on Corey at 338 Corey. She has a full menu and a bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch...Smiley's Snack Shack at 3700 Gulf Boulevard applied for a permit to add over 1000 square feet to their restaurant, including two bathrooms...In Gulfport, The Peninsula...

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Vendor Applications now being accepted for fall season at Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market

Vendor Applications now being accepted for fall season at Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market

Gulfport, Florida -- Applications are now being accepted for select vendors for the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market fall season. 

The season begins October 1, 2013, and runs through June, 2014. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market Coordinator, Laura Garrison via email at gulfportmarket@gmail.com  Specialty vendors, including those selling seafood, cheese, and gourmet food products are highly encouraged to apply.

New program trains aspiring entrepreneurs

New program trains aspiring entrepreneurs

Clearwater, Florida -- Beginning in October, WorkNet will launch an innovative technology-focused training program, called Startup Quest in Pinellas County.

The program educates aspiring entrepreneurs about opportunities to commercialize technologies developed at Florida's universities and federal laboratories.