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Beach commission votes for Sheriff

Beach commission votes for Sheriff

St. Pete Beach, Florida -- Last Tuesday night, St. Pete Beach voted unanimously to outsource its police department.

This vote comes on the heels of a voter referendum in which the majority of beach voters gave the approval to do so.

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Gulfport Mayor Mike Yakes announces retirement

Gulfport Mayor Mike Yakes announces retirement

Gulfport, Florida -- This March, Gulfport Mayor Mike Yakes will step down from his post, ending his 22-year run as the city’s mayor.

He asked the Gabber to make this announcement on his behalf.

“I’m ready to retire,” the mayor said over breakfast at Nick’s. “I look at the past with so much love, how fortunate I’ve been to be supported, and what the citizens gave me, [but] being very fair reasonable about the future, I don’t have the assurance quite yet that I’m able to continue at the same energy level for three more years.”

No voter referendum for Gulfport Police

No voter referendum for Gulfport Police

Gulfport, Florida -- Rather than make the police a charter-mandated department, Gulfport City Council has asked city staff to change the city’s charter by ordinances so that it would take a supermajority, or a vote of four of the city’s five councilmembers, to no longer have its own sworn officers.

Julian Fant appointed commissioner

Julian Fant appointed commissioner

Treasure Island, Florida -- Former Treasure Island mayor and commissioner Julian Fant was selected unanimously by the city commission to serve as District 2 commissioner, filling the seat left vacant by the passing of Commissioner Ellsworth earlier this month.

Fant was selected from a field of three candidates, including Gail Caldwell, who was elected District 2 commissioner in 2010 and lost to Ellsworth this past spring, and Tim Ramsberger, who two years ago served on the city's charter review committee.

Gulfport debates RVs; will wait for workshop

Gulfport debates RVs; will wait for workshop

 

Gulfport, Florida -- Tuesday night, Gulfport City Council debated the city’s much-debated and oft-amended RV ordinance once again. The conclusion? More discussion, but at a workshop.

Councilman Dan Liedtke made a motion to table the ordinance, which council voted to approve last month and needed only to vote one more time for it to pass.

Vice Mayor Sam Henderson seconded the motion, saying he had wanted to make a similar motion himself. The difference, the vice mayor said, was that he wanted to hear public comment before tabling the motion.  

Gulfport funds homeless shelter it doesn't use

Gulfport funds homeless shelter it doesn't use

Gulfport, Florida -- Gulfport council unanimously agreed to give Pinellas Safe Harbor $3,000 for “operational support.”

Pinellas Safe Harbor offers homeless and chronic offenders. It is a non-secure facility that offers homeless people a clean bed and hygiene facilities. It has a budget over over $1.5 million annually.

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Joe Guertin: The Face You Know at the St. Pete Beach Polls

Joe Guertin: The Face You Know at the St. Pete Beach Polls

St. Petersburg, Florida -- For seven years, St. Pete Beach resident Joe Guertin has seen the dawn break over Boca Ciega Bay on every election day.

Mr. Guertin serves as the Precinct Deputy at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, the polling place for Precincts 404 and 405. As Precinct Deputy, he arrives at 5:30 in the morning and stays until the very end of every election. 

“I enjoy it,” Mr. Guertin says as he keeps an eye on the people approaching the polls late Tuesday afternoon. “I enjoy meeting the people.”