Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pinellas News

A gift of hands: After loss, a man finds hope from healing ones (w/video)

A gift of hands: After loss, a man finds hope from healing ones (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — Francisco Piedra fixed his eyes on the man sitting beside him. His name was Richard Brown, and in his hands he held Piedra’s new ones.The prosthetics were black and plastic. Each one took about 20 hours to build from a 3D printer. Pi...
Published: 12/08/17
DJJ proposes stronger consequences for teens who steal cars

DJJ proposes stronger consequences for teens who steal cars

Florida’s juvenile justice department will propose sweeping changes Monday that would make young auto thieves more likely to face consequences.This overhaul of the Detention Risk Assessment Instrument — the first time the tool has been modified in 23...
Published: 12/08/17
Epilogue: Anthony Acosta, 67, remembered for love of ER, family

Epilogue: Anthony Acosta, 67, remembered for love of ER, family

ST. PETE BEACH — Anthony Acosta, the former medical director of the emergency room at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, spent more than four decades in an ER he was remembered for loving second to only his family.Mr. Acosta, 67, died Nov. 19 after a t...
Published: 12/08/17
After reclaimed water rate hike, St. Pete council could ease pain

After reclaimed water rate hike, St. Pete council could ease pain

ST. PETERSBURG — The message sent to the city’s 11,500 reclaimed water users by the City Council on Thursday: Give us a year to figure this out.The council voted 5-2 to approve a 25.5 percent increase in reclaimed rates starting Jan. 1. It is just th...
Published: 12/07/17
Updated: 12/08/17
St. Pete Council moves Pier ahead with more money

St. Pete Council moves Pier ahead with more money

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council readily approved another phase in funding for the $76 million Pier District on Thursday.The funds included $18 million for work to complete what had been the original pier project and an additional $2.8 million for e...
Published: 12/07/17
Madeira Beach recall battle continues as commissioners respond

Madeira Beach recall battle continues as commissioners respond

MADEIRA BEACH — Residents’ effort to recall two sitting commissioners entered a new phase this week as written defenses were delivered to the recall committee.The defenses from Commissioners John Douthirt and Nancy Oakley, who were elected by strong ...
Published: 12/07/17
Radio station WRXB, longtime voice in St. Petersburg’s black community, goes silent

Radio station WRXB, longtime voice in St. Petersburg’s black community, goes silent

ST. PETERSBURG — Radio Station WRXB, a constant in Tampa Bay’s African-American community for more than four decades, offering a staple of R&B, gospel and community news, is no more.The radio station, once black-owned, abruptly went off the air on No...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/08/17

Residents hoping to reach compromise with developers on Old Southeast marina project

ST. PETERSBURG — Developers of a marina project in the Old Southeast are reviewing and adjusting plans after residents rallied against a 54-foot high and dry proposal. The building, which was set to go up in the Salt Creek Marine District, faced crit...
Published: 12/06/17
New lights and action for St. Petersburg’s Christmas tree

New lights and action for St. Petersburg’s Christmas tree

pic.twitter.com/QxY2AiRInK— Divya Kumar (@divyadivyadivya) December 5, 2017ST. PETERSBURG — The towering Christmas tree at the center of North Straub Park is an annual spectacle for those walking and driving down Beach Drive. The 50-foot tree w...
Published: 12/05/17

Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission seeks donations, volunteers

The Suncoast Haven of Rest Rescue Mission (1763 Ninth Avenue N, St. Petersburg) is seeking volunteers for its free photo shoots with Santa Claus, who is visiting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Dec. 18-20 and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 21-23. Volunteers...
Published: 12/05/17