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St. Pete named ‘best-run’ city in Florida

WalletHub recently named St. Petersburg the state’s “best-run” city and ranked it 36th nationally in its annual evaluation of local leadership effectiveness. The personal finance platform compared 148 of the nation’s largest municipalities across 36 performance indicators to determine a “Quality of City Services” score, which it then compared to per-capita budgets to compile the rankings. Tampa placed fourth among Florida cities and 82nd nationally.

St. Pete to join ‘World’s Largest Swim Lesson’

Nine City of St. Petersburg pools will participate in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson event Thursday at 10 a.m. The global water safety event is now in its 15th year and provides free swimming lessons. Anyone can participate without registering, and organizers will offer giveaways, information on additional lessons and water safety tips. For more information, visit the website here.

Golf simulator lounge to soon open in St. Pete

Cue Golfology, a new golf simulation facility and lounge, will open in August at 2400 5th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg. The venue will feature six simulation bays encompassing roughly 350 square feet. Golfology’s Trackman simulators offer nearly 300 virtual courses, and customers can have food and drinks delivered from adjacent Bayboro Brewing.

Pinellas Education Foundation receives over $165,000

Pinellas Education Foundation has received a donation of $166,500 from the Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg to support its mentoring program, Take Stock in Children. The contribution will sponsor 37 Pinellas County students, providing them with a mentor, a college success coach and the opportunity to earn a two-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship.

Beaches Chamber of Commerce partners with business association

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Bluff Business Association to bolster support for all businesses along Pinellas County’s coastline. The association fosters business growth in Belleair, Belleair Bluffs, Largo, Seminole, Clearwater and the Gulf Beaches. Chamber officials believe the partnership will expand its “reach and influence, ensuring a stronger collective voice for businesses of all sizes.”

New women’s soccer league signs deal with NBC’s Peacock

The Tampa-based USL Super League has inked a multiyear broadcasting deal with Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service. The new Division I professional women’s soccer league counts the Tampa Bay Sun among its eight founding clubs. Peacock will stream all 115 regular season and playoff Super League matches starting Aug. 17.

Dunedin students win history competition

Five students from Dunedin Highland Middle School - Saashiv Gupta, Liam Jacobs, Sahi Popuri, Aarush Shah and Matthew Sherrella - won first place in a competition at National History Day, an annual competition in College Park, Maryland, wherein students present original historical research projects. The students competed against nearly 3,000 from across the country. 

One in four Florida home sellers are lowering prices

According to new data from homebuying platform Zillow, one in four Florida homeowners have lowered the initial selling prices of their properties. Of the 224,036 single- and multi-family homes, townhomes, apartments, condos and lots listed for sale in Florida on Zillow, 52,469 had a price reduction.

Is St. Pete a good place to raise a family?

WalletHub recently compared over 180 cities according to 45 metrics, including housing costs, local school quality and recreational opportunities, to determine the ideal places to raise a family in 2024. The personal finance platform ranked St. Petersburg 57th, below Tampa and Orlando (tied for 48th). St. Pete scored highest for affordability and lowest for education and child care.

Publix’s new ice cream truck is coming to St. Pete

Lakeland-based Publix is rolling out its new ice cream truck this summer, and one of its seven Florida stops is at the St. Pete Pier. The promotion coincides with the release of limited-edition ice cream flavors, including Lemon Berry Bliss, Marry Me Strawberry and Cold Brew Cookies and Cream. Those attending Independence Day celebrations at the Pier can try the new flavors from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. July 4.

Madeira Beach mayor abruptly resigns

The City of Madeira Beach announced Mayor Jim Rostek tendered his immediate resignation Friday at 1 p.m. Officials did not provide a reason for his abrupt departure. Vice Mayor Anne-Marie Brooks will now oversee municipal operations, and the city attorney could potentially serve in her role as District 4 commissioner. Officials will share qualifying and selection process information next week and host a special meeting June 26.

Report: Tampa Bay’s inflation ‘problems’ decrease dramatically

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area continues falling further down WalletHub’s list of cities with the “biggest inflation problems.” The personal finance platform ranked Tampa Bay 23rd for May, with prices decreasing by 10% over the previous two months and increasing by 1.8% year-over-year. The latest ranking represents an 11-spot drop from April, and the metro area once consistently placed in the top five.

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