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RV issues remain in Gulfport

RV issues remain in Gulfport

Gulfport, Florida -- "The more we try to fix this, the worse it gets,” Mayor Mike Yakes said as council once again debated how to handle the ongoing saga of what to do about recreational vehicles.

At last week’s workshop, Gulfport City Council continued to tackle the RV issue, namely, where, how and how long people can park RVs on their property.

Police stay unless everyone on council says go

Police stay unless everyone on council says go

Gulfport, Florida -- Gulfport City Council voted a second and final time that the city cannot outsource its police department without a 5-0 vote of the council to do so.

Councilwoman Barbara Banno, who initially favored keeping the vote with city council rather than allow a voter referendum, said she “would rather see it go to referendum” than make the council vote unanimously to outsource its police department.

Three seats but only one race in Gulfport

Three seats but only one race in Gulfport

Gulfport, Florida -- This March, only the Gulfport mayorship remains up for grabs. Although three seats on city council – Ward Two, Ward Four, and the mayor’s seat – came up for re-election, only one race has more than one qualified candidate.

With no one running against Christine Brown in Ward Two and no one qualifying to run against Michael Fridovich in Ward Four, both challengers in those wards won the seats without campaigning.

Vice Mayor Sam Henderson and former Vice Mayor Bob Worthington will face off for the mayor’s seat in March.

Street lighting could cost you

Street lighting could cost you

Safety Harbor, Florida -- It costs about $300,000 a year to provide street lights to property owners in Safety Harbor, according to the city manager. That's why the city is thinking about tacking on an annual street light fee of about $50 for property owners.

Street lighting benefits residents through "protection and enhancement of parcel value...better property identification and recognition, and enhances the safe accessibility of taxed parcels," according to a city document, which says the fee would pay for "associated power, equipment, and maintenance."

Councilwoman Barbara Banno Will Not Run Again

Councilwoman Barbara Banno Will Not Run Again

Gulfport, Florida -- “You know how sometimes something happens and it puts everything in perspective?” Councilwoman Barbara Banno asked over coffee Monday morning. “That’s what has happened to me.”

Mayor's Breakfast is back this Friday

Mayor's Breakfast is back this Friday

Safety Harbor, Florida -- It's that time again! The Annual Mayors' Breakfast will be held at Nielsen on Dec. 14 at 7:30 a.m.

Come and enjoy the event hosted by Mayors Jim Ronecker of Oldsmar, and Andy Steingold of Safety Harbor.

The City is still collecting donations that will help provide a holiday meal and gifts to children and families in need. Visit the link below to see all of the available donation opportunities.

CLICK: Sponsorship Flyer

From the courtroom to the computer

From the courtroom to the computer

 

St. Pete Beach, Florida -- As St. Pete Beach’s lawsuits continue, the Gabber continues to receive copies of emails from both parties.

Here’s one such email – from attorney Ken Weiss, who represented the bulk of the lawsuits targeting St. Pete Beach – and Vice Mayor Marvin Shavlan’s response.

From Attorney Weiss, an email that appeared to have had Mr. Shavlan’s comments removed:

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Compiled by Cathy Salustri.