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St. Petersburg Preservation wants to keep ‘First Block’ special

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Way back in 1888, St. Petersburg’s first boom began with the coming of the Orange Belt Railroad and construction of the Dakota Hotel. As the city grew, so did the 200 block of First Avenue N. and then the rest of the city. Today, most of the historic buildings on that block remain in active use as an architecturally unique reminder of St. Petersburg’s past. But a move to declare what’s now known as “First Block” as a historic district…

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Steve Corsetti, you have my apologies, but I have to endorse you — but first, another rant about Kathleen Ford

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In case any of you are wondering what political life would be like under a Kathleen Ford administration, this past week offered a glimpse of things to come. The debate over whether to vacate the sidewalk in front of BayWalk has nothing to do with Kathleen Ford. Not in the least. But an already fractious debate became more decisive the moment Ford announced she opposed the plan. Suddenly, lines were drawn and positions hardened. And this was an issue to…

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Come to St. Pete Prez event on Vinoy

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The program will feature a panel on the history of the Vinoy and the successful efforts to restore St. Petersburg’s premiere hotel, with Elaine Normile, Marty Normile, Peter Belmont and Tom Stovall. Elaine is the official historian of the Vinoy and she will help us understand how the Vinoy came to grace our waterfront. Marty is the former director of St. Pete’s Downtown Progress, and will be offering his insight into how the Vinoy restoration helped spark downtown’s revival. Peter…

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