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Pier 60 Playground vote postponed again

Pier 60 Playground vote postponed again

Clearwater, Florida -- The city council Monday postponed a vote on whether to put a $440,000 sand castle-themed playground at Pier 60 Park.

The measure was scheduled to be heard at the council's workshop session, but City Manager Bill Horne said he had not yet been able to meet with members of the Clearwater Beach Association. The association wanted to discuss the project with the city before it came to a vote.

The measure is now scheduled for the council's next regular meeting, to be held on Thursday, May 16th and 6 p.m.

 

 

Taxman Tales

Taxman Tales

Gulfport, Florida -- How much does Gulfport have saved for a rainy day? How should the city charge for special events? Should the city borrow money to make repairs and changed?

Gulfport Sees a Little Computer Love

Gulfport Sees a Little Computer Love

Gulfport, Florida -- After eight months with no Information Technology Director, Gulfport city council voted to contract with ExtenSys for information technology services. Former director Sam Rivera resigned in October 2012; since that time librarian David Mather served as the interim director of the city’s information technology department.

Public budget summit, open to public

Public budget summit, open to public

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Residents are invited to help city leaders determine funding priorities for the FY14 budget during the first of three public budget summits on Wednesday, April 24. Wednesday's summit will be held at the Willis S. Johns Center, 6635 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N. at 6 p.m.

City administrators will provide a short summary of the proposed budget before allowing public comment on proposed reductions. Leaders are hoping to maintain the same level of quality service provided to residents over previous budget cycles without additional reductions.

Bull's Breakfast with Mayor Foster at the Reef

Bull's Breakfast with Mayor Foster at the Reef

St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg residents are invited to wear Bulls' green and gold when Breakfast with the Mayor visits St. Petersburg's newest collegiate dining option - The Reef -- at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, on Wednesday, April 24. Residents can share coffee and conversation with Mayor Foster beginning at 7 a.m.

Largest bay area labor union backs candidate

Largest bay area labor union backs candidate

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Tampa Bay’s largest labor union, the West Central Florida Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), has endorsed Rick Kriseman’s campaign for Mayor of St. Petersburg.  

“I am proud to have the support of the brothers and sisters of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor,” said Kriseman. “I have a track record of standing up for working class people in St. Petersburg and throughout the state. As Mayor, I will continue to fight for a strong middle class and a robust economy that treats people fairly.”

Planning and Zoning Politics

Planning and Zoning Politics

A “housekeeping” type of city council agenda item turned into a discussion about ethics at Tuesday’s Gulfport City Council meeting. For the first time in recent memory, a council member questioned another councilmember’s choice for appointment to a volunteer board.