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BREAKING: Lens opposition claims victory

St. Petersburg, Florida-- St. Petersburg residents have voted, and it's clear a majority are against the Lens as a replacement for the St. Petersburg Pier. 

Final numbers came in around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday evening during the City of St. Petersburg's Municipal Primary Election. 

Residents also placed their vote for St. Petersburg's next mayor, and council members for District's 4, 6 and 8. 

Cheerleaders deal with uniform issues at Pinellas schools

Pinellas County, Florida -- Schools across Pinellas County are cracking down on dress code violations, even on school-issued uniforms. Now, cheerleaders are being told they are no longer allowed to wear their cheer uniforms to class on game days. 

"In the past, they were allowed to wear them but, even my daughter who graduated a couple years ago from Northeast High, was not allowed to wear her uniform to class -- only on the field," said mom, Mary Cox. "I cannot believe this is still an issue at our schools."

Cruise line to help with injured man's expenses

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The cruise line that dropped off an elderly Clearwater couple in Turkey has agreed to cover all out-of-pocket medical expenses the couple incurs as a result of an injury the husband sustained while on a trip.

The couple became aware of the cruise line's decision in an email from the cruise line's VP and Global Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arthur L. Diskin. The couple then shared it with Sen. Bill Nelson's office due to his interest and help with their situation.

Lane closed on Memorial Causeway Thursday

Clearwater Beach, Florida -- One lane of Memorial Causeway is being closed temporarily Thursday so city crews can safely undertake turf replacement and tree removal work, the city says.

The closure of one eastbound lane will start at about 9 a.m. The lane should be reopened by 1 p.m. 

 

UPDATE: Woman identified in Lake Ruby drowning

St. Petersburg, Florida -- UPDATE: The woman whose body was found in Lake Ruby on Saturday, August 24 has been identified as 59-year-old Kathryn Jean Hadley. 

An updated report from the St. Petersburg Police Department on Tuesday said Hadley, who was homeless, did not appear to be a victim of homicide. 

An autopsy was completed, but officials are waiting on a toxicology report to determine the officials cause of death.

Lens pier vote today

St. Petersburg, Florida -- An icon of the Tampa Bay area will either be created or scrapped on Tuesday.

Voters have from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to decide whether to replace the current closed St. Pete Pier with the sweeping Lens design, or with -- essentially -- a big question mark.

Supporters of the Lens make the case that:

- The Lens offers two dining options: an outdoor cafe over the water and a new Columbia Restaurant on shore -- plus events, sightseeing, fishing, boating, and exercise.

- It will attract tourists, but locals will actually use it.

St. Petersburg primary election results

St. Petersburg residents today cast their votes for mayor and vote on the fate of the St. Petersburg Pier. Polls close at 7 p.m., click here to view the results.