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Citizens invited to share views of community needs at public hearing

Citizens invited to share views of community needs at public hearing

Pinellas County, Florida -- Pinellas County is in the process of developing its Annual Action Plan for fiscal year 2014-2015 for the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant, and HOME Investment Partnership programs.

Officials look for owner of dog found treading water

St. Petersburg, Florida-- You can tell by the way she walks, Baby is terrified, because she was snatched from the jaws of death. 

She was found two miles out in open water, paddling for her life. A group of fisherman saw her, scooped her up, and brought her to the St. Pete Marina, and as luck would have it, mariner Tony Basile was walking by.

"One guy was yelling, 'do you want this dog?'  I said, 'What are you talking about?' He said, "we cant keep it,'" Basile explained.

Should bikes share the sidewalks in St. Pete?

St. Petersburg, Florida -- It's been a topic of transportation debate for years. Bicyclists sharing sidewalks with pedestrians pose safety concerns in every major city, but in St. Petersburg, the problem has grown since the city's pedestrian activity has increased over the past several years.

Downtown resident Thom Sousa reached out to me after his dog, Lucky, was clipped by a passing bicyclist who Sousa says, "didn't even stop. [They] just kept right on going."

Originally from New York, Sousa believes St. Petersburg bicyclists belong on the roads -- not on the sidewalks.

Family legacy lives on at Epiphany dive

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- The legacy of a Bay area grandfather who spent 40 years handcrafting the white cross that's used in the Epiphany celebration lives on. Now, his grandsons are proudly carrying on his family's legacy.

Each Epiphany ceremony is special but for 16-year-old Rhett Linton, who is a Tarpon Springs High schooler, that's an understatement.
The ceremony symbolizes the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. Each year, thousands of Greek Orthodox Christians come to Tarpon Springs to witness the blessing of the cross.

Sink criticized at Republican forum

Belleair, FL -- The three GOP candidates running for C.W. Bill Young's Congressional seat passed on the chance to go after each other during a forum hosted by the Belleair Women's Republican Club on Friday. 

Instead the two leading Republican candidates blasted Democrat Alex Sink.  

St. Pete bank robbery fugitive arrested

St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg detectives have arrested a man for robbing various banks in Pinellas County.

Wesley Fox was initially arrested by St. Petersburg detectives on October 5th when he was seen fleeing from the scene of a bank robbery at the PNC Bank on 49th Street North.

It was subsequently determined that FOX committed a total of 5 robberies to PNC Banks in St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater, and Pasco County.

Rays sign Loney to 3-year contract

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed first baseman James Loney to a three-year, $21 million contract -- the largest free agent contract awarded by the Rays under the current ownership led by Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg.

Loney will also make a donation to the Rays Baseball Foundation.

In 2013, his first season with the Rays, Loney led the club with a .299 (164-for-549) batting average and totaled 13 home runs, 75 RBI and 33 doubles.