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St. Pete welcomes Florida's first electric car dealership

St. Pete welcomes Florida's first electric car dealership

St. Petersburg, FL -- Florida's first green city marks another first: the opening of the state's only all-electric car and truck dealership.

On Friday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m., city and county leaders, along with representatives from the offices of Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida), will gather for ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Suncoast Electric Vehicles, 2401 Fourth St. N.

The public is also invited to attend the opening of one of Florida's greenest retail businesses.

"We live in St. Petersburg and want to be a part of moving our community forward with green, zero emission vehicles."

The opening of Suncoast Electric Vehicles is the result of many years of research, the result of which makes St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area the ideal location for Florida's first all electric car and truck dealership.

Street resurfacing project starts on south Clearwater Beach

Street resurfacing project starts on south Clearwater Beach

Clearwater, Florida - Work has begun on a $1,482,700.23 project to resurface streets on the south beach.

Caution tape lines the west side of Bayway south of the Hess Station where crews are removing sections of old curbing through to Gulf Way. They'll be replaced with new curbing before the street is repaved.

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

Fire leads to traffic closures on 49th Street

Fire leads to traffic closures on 49th Street

Pinellas Park, FL - A house fire between the 6400 and 6800 blocks of 49th Street in Pinellas Park led to traffic closures this morning.

Around 9:00 a.m., three northbound lanes were shut down at the 6400 block, and one southbound lane was shut down at the 6800 block.

So far, there have been no reports of serious injuries or plans for prolonged traffic closures.

New flights from St. Petersburg-Clearwater

New flights from St. Petersburg-Clearwater

St. Petersburg, Florida - Allegiant has announced new service from The St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.  They issued this release:

"Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), today announces low-cost, nonstop travel service between Moline/Quad Cities, Ill., and the Tampa Bay, Fla., area beginning Feb. 18, 2011.  The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering its customers fares between the two cities for as low as $64.99* one-way.

"We're pleased to announce yet another affordable and convenient way for our customers to get away," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. "We are confident the Moline/Quad Cities community will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to the Tampa Bay area and the great deals we offer on hotels and car rentals."

Teen survives crash on McMullen-Booth Road

Teen survives crash on McMullen-Booth Road

Safety Harbor, Florida -- The Major Accident Investigation Team of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are investigating a vehicle vs. pedestrian car accident in Safety Harbor. The pedestrian, 17-year-old Angeline Morales of St. Pete, was struck by a mini-van at 4:06 p.m. yesterday afternoon. She was seriously hurt with what appeared to be life-threatening injuries and air-lifted by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center.

The 30-year-old driver of the 1994 Plymouth Voyager, Mark Knab of Dunedin, was northbound on McMullen Booth Road when he entered the intersection of Enterprise Road in Safety Harbor and struck Morales, who was attempting to cross the six lane roadway from west to east.

Pinellas introduces ambulance membership plan

Pinellas introduces ambulance membership plan

Pinellas County, FL - Applications are now being accepted through March 31, 2011 for the Sunstar FirstCare Ambulance Membership Plan, which will lessen cost for residents when they need emergency medical transport.

The Sunstar FirstCare Ambulance Membership Plan is a Pinellas County government program that works with your insurance company to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with medically necessary ambulance transportation.  It covers unlimited medically necessary transportation, to or from a medical facility within Pinellas County, offering protection that may be lacking with your insurance coverage.  For members without insurance, the plan provides for a 20% discount on ambulance charges.