The legend of ‘St. Petersburg’s P.T. Barnum,’ through story and song

For 54 years, Webb’s City was one of the things visitors remembered most about St. Petersburg. From his flagship four-story building at the corner of 9th Street and 2nd Avenue South, J.E. “Doc” Webb lorded over an empire of 77 stores, encompassing seven city blocks.

You could get anything at Webb’s City – and St. Petersburg’s predominantly elderly population, traveling mostly on city bus lines, did. From groceries to clothing, from haircuts to shrubs, from furniture to automobile tires to bus and airline tickets, Webb and his 1,200 employees were only too happy to provide.

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Luxury apartments, corporate HQ compete for same site in downtown St. Pete

A second proposal to buy city-owned land downtown raises a key question about corporate expansion and jobs versus luxury housing for the city of St. Petersburg.

Related Development LLC, a Miami-based developer, wants to buy city-owned land in the 800 block of 1st Avenue South and build a luxury apartment building on the site, according to a letter sent to the city on Aug. 29. Related said it would pay $6.5 million for the site, and for a parking lot now leased by United Insurance Holdings Corp.

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Cutting-edge tech meets caregiving at St. Pete accelerator

The AARP Florida caregiver accelerator in St. Petersburg is kickstarting cutting edge technology and entrepreneurial business opportunities in the $72 billion caregiving industry.

The accelerator, housed at The Innovation Lab at The Poynter Institute in the Innovation District, has worked with 43 companies over the past three years, including its most recent class of eight emerging firms from all over the United States. Two of those companies — TechUrElders and Alz You Need — won the organization’s pitch competition Monday and now move on to a national competition in Washington, D.C.

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How Connected Is Your Community to Everywhere Else in America? [NYT]

A remarkably detailed look at America’s social lives online.

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The Hustle

Lindsey Debruler (Petal & Leaf)

Lindsey DeBruler is the owner of Petal & Leaf, which harnesses the power of plants to create all-natural essential oils.

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Friends of Strays

Since 1978, Friends of Strays has saved the lives of countless Pinellas County animals.

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The Shuffle

Jim Adkinson
CFO Strategic Partners

Blaire Martin
Synapse Florida


Darden Rice
St. Pete City Council

Focus: Climate

Spotted at the Climate Summit: Republican Mayors [CityLab]

“There’s no Democratic or Republican way to fill potholes or plow snow, and climate should be nonpartisan because our planet demands it.”

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ACUMEN: Self-Control

Need More Self-Control? Try a Simple Ritual [Scientific American]

And though they may seem useless, or even silly, research has found that rituals are powerful.

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