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Grayl’s Hotel: The name will change, but not the tradition

Grayl’s Hotel: The name will change, but not the tradition

St. Petersburg was all a buzz when it learned that Grayl’s Hotel was sold for $1.85 million to longtime Tampa Bay residents Chuck and Dr. Kathy Reilly Prather of Birchwood Properties.

Knowing that the couple plans to reconstruct the Spanish, Mission-style house to maintain the integrity of its original architecture may ease the minds of those concerned that a historic landmark will be lost forever.

Originally built in 1922, Grayl’s is likely to be given historic designation and that means that President Chuck Prather is dead set on keeping the hotel period specific.

Tarpon Springs couple wins national yard makeover contest

Tarpon Springs couple wins national yard makeover contest

Tarpon Springs, FL -- A Tarpon Springs household is enjoying its brand new yard thanks to Yard Smarts Intervention, a national yard makeover contest.

Melissa and Grant Stephens submitted photos of their yard to the national contest's website and secured the most votes by the April 29 deadline.

The Stephens won a yard makeover, a new lawn mower and pressure washer and a check for $1,500 for additional landscape supplies.

Home not hurricane-ready? This loan could help!

Home not hurricane-ready? This loan could help!

Hurricane preparedness is the featured topic on There’s No Place Like Home, the radio show sponsored by the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. The show will be on Thursday, June 2, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on WRXB 1590 AM. It can also be watched on be PCC-TV (Bright House Channel 622, Knology Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44), YouTube, or viewed on-line at www.pinellascounty.org/community/hfa/Media.htm

Guests include Tom Iovino, hurricane preparedness spokesperson from the Pinellas County Communications Department, and Daphne Johnson-McCluster, program administrator with Pinellas County Community Development.

The show will provide helpful preparedness tips for residents and information about a home improvement loan program that may help get homes ready for the season.

Pinellas Tax Certificate Sale on June 1

Pinellas Tax Certificate Sale on June 1

Pinellas County Tax Collector Diane Nelson announces the tax certificate sale for 2010 delinquent real estate taxes will be held June 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at bidpinellas.com. Last year’s sale drew more than 75,000 bidders, and the Tax Collector’s office is anticipating a significant increase in the number of participants this year.

The annual tax certificate sale is an online auction that allows bidders the right to purchase a delinquent taxpayer’s debt in exchange for an annual interest rate, ensuring the majority of unpaid property taxes are collected and distributed to various taxing authorities. The sale last year produced $60 million, which accounted for 96 percent of 2009 delinquent property taxes.

PCHA Board elects officers at annual meeting

PCHA Board elects officers at annual meeting

On May 18, the PCHA Board of Commissioners held their annual board meeting and elected officers for 2011-2012.  

Joseph Triolo was re-elected as Chairman of the Board for a term of one year. Chairman Triolo has been serving in this capacity since October 2009.

Angela Rouson continues to serve as Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners. From July 2006 through April 2009, she served as the Board’s Chair. 

During their terms as Chair and Vice Chair PCHA has:

Another bin Laden mansion sits empty in St. Pete

Another bin Laden mansion sits empty in St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Florida (AP) -- There's a five-bedroom Mediterranean-style mansion for sale in Florida that comes with a little notoriety, too. It was once owned by one of Osama bin Laden's brothers.

Khalil bin Laden is one of Osama bin Laden's 54 siblings. He bought the lakefront home in 1980 for $1.6 million. It's located in the small central Florida town of Oakland, about 20 miles west of Orlando.

But in the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Khalil bin Laden and his family fled the United States under police escort and never returned.

Local wins nationwide yard makeover contest

Local wins nationwide yard makeover contest

Tarpon Springs, FL -- Melissa Stephens of Tarpon Springs was battling it out against Steven Selman of Tampa as a semi-finalist in the national Yard Smarts Intervention contest...and she WON!

Melissa secured the most votes online and won a yard makeover, a new lawn mower, a pressure washer and a check for $1,500 for additional landscape supplies.

Melissa lead the group on Thursday, April 21 with voting closing on April 29.