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St. Pete Beach to Consider Reducing First-year Permit Fee for Food Trucks

ST. PETE BEACH — Food truck vendors may soon feel more welcome in town after city commissioners reduce the first-year permit fee for them to serve residents. While a formal hearing to change the city’s fee ordinance relating to food trucks will be considered at a later date, commissioners debated the move at their Nov.…

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Indian Rocks Beach Residents get Lesson on how to Cope with Coyotes

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Residents got a lesson Nov. 12 on how to cope with coyotes. A representative of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission discussed the animals at a meeting at Indian Rocks Beach City Hall that attracted nearly 100 residents who clearly wanted to see the last of the coyotes. Earlier this…

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St. Pete Beach Leaders Ponder City’s Identity

Commissioners cite city’s strengths, weaknesses during strategic planning session ST. PETE BEACH — At a recent strategic planning meeting, city officials were adamant that they don’t want St. Pete Beach known as a Spring Break mecca like Clearwater Beach — but they also don’t want the city to have a reputation as a sleepy bedroom…

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Mini Expo: Learn What to Plant And How to Keep Them Growing

Pinellas County Utilities​ is hosting an Irrigation and Landscaping Mini Expo on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ST. PETE BEACH, FL — Pinellas County Utilities is hosting an Irrigation and Landscaping Mini Expo on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Warren Webster Community Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way, in St.…

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Tradewinds Island Grand, RumFish Beach Resort Gets New Owners

1754 Properties​, a South Florida-based owner and manager of hotels, has acquired TradeWinds Island Resorts​. ST. PETE BEACH, FL — 1754 Properties, a South Florida-based owner and manager of hotels, has acquired TradeWinds Island Resorts. The sale includes the 25.5-acre TradeWinds Island Grand, the largest beachfront resort in St. Pete Beach, and the 5.9-acre RumFish Beach Resort…

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Seafood Festival to Draw Thousands to John’s Pass this Weekend

MADEIRA BEACH — Thousands of people again are expected to flock to John’s Pass Village Oct. 18-20 for the John’s Pass Seafood Festival. Festival times are Friday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Besides getting their fill…

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Indian Rocks Beach Oktoberfest Offers Fun for all Ages

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Though it doesn’t feel like fall is in air, October is the start of the season for many festivals in the area. Among the popular celebrations, Oktoberfest 2019 will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Kolb Park. Attendance has been pegged at more than 6,000 people…

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Rotting and in Ruin: Future of Dilapidated Pinellas Pier Uncertain

Decision to demolish or rebuild likely months away REDINGTON SHORES, Fla. — Rusting, rotting and in ruin. A historic fishing pier continues to fall apart in Pinellas County’s Redington shores and plans to fix it or tear it down are taking much longer than expected. The Redington Long Pier, a historic staple since 1962, closed…

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