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Protection for Gulfport Police

Protection for Gulfport Police

Gulfport, Florida -- If Gulfport wants to change from its own police department to the County sheriff, it’s going to take all five of the city’s councilmembers to make that change, council decided Tuesday evening.

After discussing how best to protect the city’s police department from dissolution or absorption into the county sheriff, council voted 4-1 (with Councilwoman Barbara Banno dissenting) to require...

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Beach lawsuit changes tactics

Beach lawsuit changes tactics

St. Pete Beach, Florida – Jim Anderson, a resident suing the City of St. Pete Beach, recently changed tactics in his ongoing legal battle with the city.

His case alleged the following:

  • The commission violated the Sunshine Law by talking outside of shade meetings and also by hiring a lobbyist without a public meeting

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The race is on in Gulfport

The race is on in Gulfport

 

Gulfport, Florida -- As of Tuesday night, only the city’s current Vice Mayor/Ward Four Councilman Sam Henderson has qualified in the upcoming elections.

To qualify, Vice Mayor Henderson submitted the appropriate paperwork, filing fees and petition cards. Former Vice Mayor/ Ward Three Councilmember Bob Worthington declared his candidacy but has yet to turn in paperwork, petition cards, and a fee. 

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Details of sheriff’s contract with St. Pete Beach

Details of sheriff’s contract with St. Pete Beach

 

St. Pete Beach, Florida -- On Jan. 6 at 7 a.m., St. Pete Beach will disband its police department and contract with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) for all police matters.

Currently, the City uses PCSO for services such as forensic services and K-9 work. The additional services will include the following:

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Gulfport’s vice mayor will make bid for mayor’s seat

Gulfport’s vice mayor will make bid for mayor’s seat

 

Gulfport, Florida -- Two-term Ward 4 councilmember and current vice mayor Sam Henderson announced a week ago today that he would run for mayor in the coming election.

Henderson, who ran unopposed last term, started serving as Gulfport’s vice mayor shortly after last year’s election. 

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Pass-A-Grille commissioner will not seek re-election

Pass-A-Grille commissioner will not seek re-election

Pass-A-Grille -- St. Pete Beach Commissioner Beverly “Bev” Garnett has told the Gabber she will not seek re-election when her current term expires in March.

Commissioner Garnett holds the seat for District Four, which includes Pass-A-Grille.

The commissioner cited “personal reasons” for her decision.

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Scott wants low-cost degrees at Florida colleges

Scott wants low-cost degrees at Florida colleges

Clearwater, Florida (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott wants Florida's community and state colleges to develop bargain four-year degrees costing no more than $10,000.

Scott made his proposal Monday in the form of a challenge before an audience of elected officials and college and community leaders at the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College.