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Seminole to help house the homeless

Seminole to help house the homeless

Seminole, FL - St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster wants to send the homeless to jail..... sort of.  Additionally, he wants larger and moderate sized Pinellas municipalities to help pay for it, including the City of Seminole. 

The plan is a part of the Safe Harbor Program.  It would use the annex at the county jail on 49th Street as a homeless shelter, especially on cold nights.  The building has 4 pods and can sleep up to 600-people.   However, to offer those less fortunate a place to stay, comes with a price.  St. Petersburg will pony up $100,000, and its mayor is asking for countywide assistance.

At Seminole's city council meeting on Wednesday, members discussed whether Seminole would help with the fund.  More to the point, whether the city had the cash to help.  After much discussion, council seemed eager to pitch in, but at what cost?  City Manager, Frank Edmunds, says $25,000 dollars was requested by St. Petersburg.  Edmunds says that amount isn't likely, but the city will find something to offer.

Despite oil spill, Pinellas tourism numbers rise

Despite oil spill, Pinellas tourism numbers rise

St. Pete Beach, Florida -- For months, the tone was doom and gloom. As oil gushed into the Gulf, fear spilled into the Tampa Bay area.

Would the oil disaster destroy Florida's tourism industry?

Six months later, though, the reality is the total number of people who visited Pinellas County increased in 2010 by more than one percent.

It means an extra 50,000 people visited, even spending more money when they did than in 2009.

"It is somewhat surprising," said Clyde Smith, from the Bilmar Beach Resort on Treasure Island.

The explanation is a little less clear.

"We had to do heavy, heavy, heavy discounting.  We had to change our whole pricing structure," said Linda Rideout, from the Dolphin Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach.

Others credit the massive marketing campaign through the summer and fall that showed the world oil-free beaches.

St. Pete Beach road closures

St. Pete Beach road closures

St. Pete Beach, FL -- The city of St. Pete beach has some traffic alerts because of the St. Pete Beach Classic 10k, 5k and 1-mile run/walk coming up on Saturday, Jan. 15.

The following roads will be closed for the event starting at 6:45 in the morning.

Roads will be open as soon as participants have safely passed through the area.

Beach Plaza 6700-7200 Blocks

Blind Pass Road 6800-9300 Blocks

Palm Harbor Library will host a Non-Profit Agencies Summit

Palm Harbor Library will host a Non-Profit Agencies Summit

Palm Harbor, FL-- The Palm Harbor Library is hosting a Non-Profit Agencies Summit on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.


The summit will give non-profit agencies the opportunity to meet and discuss how they can help one another in these tough economic times.


Click here for more information about the event.

Public restrooms approved for Sponge Docks

Public restrooms approved for Sponge Docks

Tarpon Springs, FL-- Visitors to Tarpon Springs' historic Sponge Docks will soon be getting a little relief, in form of public restrooms.


On Tuesday night, city commissioners approved a plan to build public facilities at the docks near the end of Dodecanese Boulevard and the Hope Street parking area.


Commissioners were presented with three designs at their meeting from Edward Hoffman's architecture firm. 

Pinellas cold shelters open tonight and tomorrow

Pinellas cold shelters open tonight and tomorrow

Pinellas County, FL -- The cold night shelters will be open for the homeless in Pinellas County tonight and tomorrow night.

The shelters accept adult men and women throughout the night, starting between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m.

Shelter guests are provided with a hot evening meal, a warm safe place to spend the night and breakfast the following morning.

Supplies such as paper products, coffee, twin-size blankets and sandwiches are always needed.

Pancake breakfast is the best way to start the day...

Pancake breakfast is the best way to start the day...

Pinellas Park, FL -- The Pinellas Park Senior Center hosts a pancake breakfast on the second Wednesday of each month.  


This month, they welcome the public to warm up with a hot meal that tastes like homemade this Wednesday, Jan. 12.