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Patrons eat lunch and cool off inside of the Community Cafe during the St. Pete Pride Street Festival along Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

Despite Pride success, Grand Central business owners upset over losing parade

ST. PETERSBURG — The Grand Central District was packed with people Sunday, there to enjoy the St. Pete Pride Festival. They played games at the tents lining Central Avenue, took literature being passed out by LGBT organizations, accepted free hugs being offered throughout and shopped, dined and drank at the local e …


Then state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City Beach, left, and Gov. Rick Scott, tour downtown Panama City, Fla. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Scott will name Patronis CFO on Monday.

AP: Rick Scott to name Jimmy Patronis CFO on Monday

From the AP's Gary Fineout:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is turning to a long-time political ally and former north Florida legislator to take over one of the top elected jobs in state government. ...


City Clerk Chan Srinivasa (2nd left) and Senior Deputy City Clerk  Cathy Davis (1st left) celebrate the end of qualifying period with colleagues on Friday afternoon

St. Petersburg qualifying ends. Seven for mayor. Eight in primary for City Council District 6 seat

ST. PETERSBURG — The smiles of the faces of the workers in the City Clerk’s office said it all Friday. The qualifying period for city elections was almost over....


Florida education news: Guns, charter schools, drug education and more

HOSTILE WORK PLACE: A legal review determines that while a University of South Florida technology center former director might have been boorish and hostile, none of his actions rose to the level of illegality....