City Council gives go-ahead to tallest building in St. Pete

One of the most talked-about development proposals in St. Petersburg cleared the City Council Thursday with very little discussion.

City Council members, meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, unanimously approved the Cats Red Apple St. Pete project for the 400 block of Central Avenue downtown. The presentation, discussion and vote took only 20 minutes and generated no public comment.

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Keeping promise, Suncoast Tiger Bay Club to continue the conversation on race in St. Pete

Tiger Bay will keep that promise Feb. 6 in a special conversation held in honor of Black History Month. The event, titled, Future Thinking – The Continuing Conversation on Race and St. Pete, will feature a new crop of St. Pete leaders to discuss the issues facing St. Petersburg and how the community can move forward, together.

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The $2.5 million ask: Seven tech startups in the Wave accelerator make their pitch

Seven entrepreneurs with tech companies that could change the healthcare, business services and fashion industries pitched their ideas to about 200 potential investors and community supporters at Tampa Bay Wave’s Pitch Night.

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St. Pete Chamber celebrates 121 years, welcomes new board slate

The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated 121 years Thursday evening as a healthy and cancer-free President and CEO Chris Steinocher spoke to members about the brights spots of 2019, and welcomed new leadership for 2020.

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Colorfully collaborative: MFA’s ‘Art of the Stage’ to open Saturday

It’s the latter element, the backstage artistry, that takes center stage in the exhibition opening Saturday at the Museum of Arts St. Petersburg. Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney includes more than 100 studies for scene, costume, curtain and program designs, going back to the late 19th Century.

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The Shuffle

Kara Wagner
The Florida Aquarium


The Hustle

Sarah Weaver (Bandit Coffee)

Since its inception nearly four years ago, Bandit Coffee Co. has elevated the St. Pete coffee scene to new heights. Beloved for its curation of top-tier coffee and tunes, Bandit Coffee is also known for standing up for its values, thanks to owners Sarah (a St. Pete native) and Joshua Weaver.

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St. Pete’s Freedom Bank sells to Seacoast

Fourth Street Banking Co., the parent company of Freedom Bank, has agreed to be acquired by Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida in a stock deal valued at $63.6 million.

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Ryan Griffin
2020 Chamber Board Chair

Focus: 2021

ICYMI: St. Pete City Council looks to give new home to fire station, property tax break in 2021 budget

A permanent home for St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Station 2, property tax breaks through a millage rate decrease and incentives to encourage development on city-owned and privately-owned vacant lots led the list of priorities laid out by St. Petersburg City Council members for fiscal year 2021.

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ICYMI: Start-up Report Episode 52: Reptrics

Founder Kevin Goodwin joins Joe Hamilton in the Catalyst studio.

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