Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Beloved St. Pete artist Bill "Woo" Correira died inside his art gallery on Central Avenue Monday. He had been battling brain cancer.
Local artist Bill "Woo" Correira knew better than to worry about what people thought or if things did not go exactly as planned. Why should he? After surviving a brush with death in 2007, the artist gained an appreciation for living in the moment and fully engaging in his work as a painter. In 2007, on Thanksgiving Day, Correira was diagnosed with brain cancer and languished for 49 days in a coma. But he survived, and later realized his dream of owning a St. Petersburg gallery, where he focused on painting marine animals. On Monday night, Correira died inside his art gallery at 689 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. Tuesday dozens of family, friends and fellow artists stopped by his gallery to remember and honor the man that offered support …
Monday, November 12, 2012
The changes will modify income requirements for many of Florida veterans seeking a commercial restricted species endorsement,
On Veteran's Day, the state of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officially made changes to commercial licensing requirements. The changes, according to the FWC, will make it easier for Florida veterans and veterans with disabilities to enter the commercial fishing industry. “We have a tremendous opportunity not only to give thanks to the men and women that served our nation so courageously, but also to provide them with more support so they can pursue careers in fishing here in Florida," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott. "This initiative will expand job opportunities for our veterans and get more folks involved in the commercial fishing industry, which is a win-win for Florida.” FWC officials said the changes …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Democratic challengers Janet Long and Charlie Justice have defeated Republican incumbents Nancy Bostock and Neil Brickfield.
In front of hundreds of GOP faithful at the Hilton Carillon on Tuesday night, Pinellas County Commissioners Nancy Bostock and Neil Brickfield conceded to their Democratic challengers, Janet Long and Charlie Justice. Long defeated Brickfield, 55.27 percent to 44.73 percent. Justice beat Bostock, 52.35 percent to 47.65 percent. Bostock thanked Pinellas for supporting her as a commissioner and said she hopes to continue serving the county in the future. "I’m proud to have served our local government regardless of the results," she said fighting back tears Tuesday night. Brickfield said he brought a message of smaller and more limited government to the Pinellas County Commission. He said he will continue that battle. He said just because …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Early voting numbers in Pinellas County have helped bolster Democratic turnout to lead Republicans in ballots cast before election day.
Of the 626,348 registered voters in Pinellas County, 271,9542 have already cast their ballots, which is a 43 percent turnout, either by mail or voting early. Among those voters, 107,389 were registered Democrats, 106,949 registered Republicans and 57,207 are other. Thousands of mail ballots are still coming in on Election Day. More than 8,500 ballots have been received in Pinellas today. The numbers are from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The latest Reuters poll has Gov. Mitt Romney with a slim lead over President Barack Obama in Florida, 48 percent to 47 percent. The poll was conducted Nov. 3-5. Other polls, such as Public Policy Polling, have Obama with a one-point advantage, 50 …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Have you spotted the decked-out ambulance? It's Sunstar Paramedics' way of honoring breast cancer awareness month.
Have you spotted a pink ambulance around Pinellas County recently? You're eyes aren't playing tricks on you. The specially decked-out ambulance is roaming the county and parking at various community events all month long in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Sunstar Paramedics, the ambulance system for Pinellas County, is dispatching the eye-catching emergency vehicle to events like Race for the Cure at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park and other local happenings throughout October. The ambulance includes personal dedications to Pinellas residents and Sunstar employees affected by breast cancer. Have you seen the pink ambulance around town? Are you doing something special to recognize breast cancer awareness month in St. Petersburg…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The feminist icon was in St. Petersburg, Florida, to campaign against Amendment 6. She also criticized presidential candidate Mitt Romney as an 'extremist.'
Saturday, a crowd began swelling outside the gates of Jannus Live in downtown St. Petersburg. While that is certainly a familiar scene, this crowd wasn’t waiting to hear a big-name rock band hitting town. They were waiting on an icon of another sort. Across the generational spectrum, women and men were talking of seeing an icon who has been championing the call for equality for the past 40 years: Gloria Steinem. Steinem was in Florida, a key battleground state, to rally against Amendment 6, seen by opponents as tightening abortion restrictions. But the feminist legend also used her time before an adoring crowd to blast GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney as "anti-equality." Mitt Romney is “the most undemocratic, anti-equality, …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The county has created a four-part series called 'Fighting Back Against Prescription Drug Abuse.'
Thursday, October 18, 2012
According to Pinellas County officials, every 32 hours someone dies of a drug overdose in Pinellas County. In 2010, 280 people died of accidental drug overdoses with 249 of these deaths being due to abuse of prescription pain medication. To help combat the pill epidemic, the county has created a four-part TV series called, Fighting Back Against Prescription Drug Abuse. The series, according to a news release, profiles drug abuse problem in Pinellas County and what local officials are doing to combat the issue through law enforcement, local ordinances and public education. The vidoes can be viewed online, and they will be airing on PCC-TV on Bright House Channel 622, Verizon Channel 44 and Knology Channel 18. The videos can also be …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
More than 257,000 ballots were mailed to domestic voters Tuesday
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark mailed more than 257,000 ballots to domestic voters Tuesday for the Nov. 6 General Election. On September 21, 2,986 ballots were mailed to absent military and overseas voters. “These initial mailings exceed the total ballots mailed for the 2010 General Election,” Clark said in a news release. “We are excited to have already reached this level of participation with 35 days left before the election.” According to the elections's office, to avoid long lines during early voting and on election day, voters can request a mail ballot and vote in the comfort of their homes.The General Election ballot is 4 pages long (2 ballot cards) and includes 11 proposed state constitutional amendments and a…
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The daily bag limit is 12 gray squirrels.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Hunters, on Oct. 13, gray squirrel season opens throughout Florida on private lands. In previous years, the squirrel season always opened in early November. Last spring, however, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided to provide squirrel hunters another month of hunting, similar to dates in other southeastern states. The change came after the 2012-13 hunting dates had gone to the printer. “This change means more opportunity for squirrel hunters,” said Paul Scharine, FWC public hunting areas biologist in a news release. “The message we’re trying to get out is this change applies only to private property.” For hunting dates on public lands, Scharine said hunters should consult the printed 2012-13 wildlife …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The police search extended from Manatee to Pinellas counties. The suspect was wanted in connection to the stabbing death of her husband.
Sharon Byrd turned herself in to St. Petersburg Police Tuesday, after authorities launched a high-profile search following the stabbing death of Byrd's husband. Byrd, 46, was wanted for 2nd degree murder for the stabbing death of her husband, Russell Byrd. The search extended from Manatee to Pinellas counties, after she fled in her tan Buick. According to police, Byrd called the Police Department from a lawyer's office in the 1300 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street North at 1 p.m. and said she wanted to turn herself in. Officers went to that location and arrested Byrd without incident. The officers transported Byrd to Police Headquarters, where she was interviewed about the case by homicide detectives, a news release said. On …