Book focused on the history, legacy of Tropicana Field site launches Wednesday

When Sarah Jane Vatelot moved to St. Petersburg in 1997, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays had just signed a 30-year contract with the City of St. Petersburg to play baseball at Tropicana Field. The stadium itself had been completed in 1990, and Interstates 275 and 175, which wrapped around it, had been in place for nearly 17 years.

Vatelot, like most of us who came after, had never thought to question how it got there, or why. “It just always was there,” Vatelot said.

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Kriseman increases paid parental leave for St. Pete workers

Beginning Jan. 15, St. Petersburg city workers will get up to eight weeks of paid parental leave.

That’s two weeks more than has been available to workers since 2015, when the city initially began offering the benefit. The policy applies to all workers, both mothers and fathers.

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St. Pete lawyer challenges feds over student loan debts

A St. Petersburg attorney has filed suit against U.S. Department of Education Secretary Elisabeth DeVos and Reliant Capital Solutions, a private Ohio company, in a dispute over student loan debt collections.

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ICYMI: Outgoing City Council chair credits St. Pete’s ‘creative class’ for city renaissance [Audio]

During the eight years Charlie Gerdes served on the St. Petersburg City Council, the city underwent a renaissance that was beyond his imagination when he first took office in early 2012.

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End of an era: Operations Manager Todd Beatty bids farewell to the Mahaffey

Settling into a hard chair in the center of the Mahaffey Theater’s barren stage, Todd Beatty peers into the auditorium, past the mute, uniform rows of plush maroon seats, and frowns.

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The Shuffle

Deborah Luke
The Florida Aquarium


The Hustle

Christina Anton Garcia (Anton Garcia Law)

Christina Anton Garcia is founder of Anton Garcia Law Firm. After obtaining her J.D. from the University of Florida, Anton Garcia founded her own practice in her hometown of Tampa.

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Tampa entrepreneur texts the way to mental health

Music helped Tampa entrepreneur Johnny Crowder deal with his mental health issues.

Now, Crowder is tapping technology to provide a mental health resource to others.

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Ben Siwinski

Focus: Housing

The Fight to Make Austin Affordable [Observer]

Austin is one of the most segregated and sprawling cities in Texas. A new land development code aims to change that.

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30 Under 30: How Cameo Makes Tens Of Millions From Selfie Videos And D-List Celebrities [Forbes]

Every morning, Larry Thomas, the actor who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld nearly 25 years ago, follows the same routine. He works out, showers and then checks to see how many requests for personalized selfie videos await him on Cameo, the two-year-old digital marketplace for people willing to pay $60 a pop for Thomas to record say, a birthday greeting

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