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Major changes coming to St. Pete Pride - starting at City Hall


St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Pete's Pride parade is set to roll through St. Petersburg at the end of June with some major changes this year.

It often attracts more than a 100,000 people, and maybe more now that the event is expanding to three days, not just one. Also. the parade itself taking place at night.

And for the first time ever: "The Mayor of St. Petersburg will march in the parade this year," promised Mayor Rick Kriseman.

Hear the 911 call from this weekend's brutal bear attack.


St. Petersburg, Florida — The 911 call from this weekend's brutal bear attack in central Florida has been released.

"I need help in my house," said Frank Frana on a Seminole County 911 tape, amid his wife's screams.

This weekend, Terri Frana had to stare down the beast.

Gandy crash delays traffic into Tampa


St. Petersburg, Florida -- Two vehicles crashed on Gandy Boulevard North causing major backups and delays into Tampa on Wednesday morning.

One of the vehicles involved was a blue minivan which turned over on its side and the driver had to be extricated and transported to Bayfront Health for evaluation. She appears to have non-life threatening injuries.

The second driver was treated at the scene and refused transport to the hospital.

Residents fear being flooded without storm drains


Pinellas County, Florida -- Charles Zidar loves his horses, but has to keep them stabled. That's because the fields are soaked and mucky, just like his yard, and just like the yards of his neighbors. The problem? Water. Today brought more rain and more concerns.

"When it rains, we have white water running through here, and it gets so deep I have fish swimming in my vegetable garden," said Zidar.

Pinellas Administrator Bob LaSala fired for "abrasive style"


Clearwater, Florida -- Pinellas County's top executive is out of a job. Pinellas commissioners began their meeting Tuesday by voting unanimously to fire Administrator Bob LaSala without cause.

LaSala has been in the top job since 2008. However, he has received some negative reviews from commissioners for his abrasive personality and management style.

First responders prepare for the worst


Pinellas County, FL -- First responders prepare for the worst case scenario by walking through simulations.

A plane set to depart explodes before taking off. This did not really happen but what if it did?

St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport wants to be ready if faced with the threat of a bomb.

Name new FL Botanical Gardens sculpture, win a prize


Largo, Florida -- The Florida Botanical Gardens is holding a naming contest for its long-awaited water fountain sculpture that will be formally dedicated at the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation's annual Diggin' the Arts on Sunday, May 4.

The sculpture was borne of a love for the gardens and a vision of elevating the gardens' experience with artwork. Former Foundation president Chuck Scaffidi conceived the idea of showcasing a stunning piece of art in the small pond outside of the Wedding Garden.