Local Government

The Tampa Bay Times

Maximo Park slated for $751,000 in renovations, including new boat ramps July 8, 2012
Boaters and anglers, get excited. History buffs and conservation lovers, rejoice.

St. Petersburg moves forward with fire fee June 17, 2012
To make up for a projected $8 million budget shortfall, property owners soon could pay a new fee for fire services.
After discussing alternatives, including raising property taxes and dipping into reserves, City Council voted 5-2 to move forward with charging residents an annual fee that would raise about $10 million a year.

St. Petersburg will continue subsidy for BayWalk Muvico parking June 10, 2012
Downtown moviegoers will continue to enjoy free parking in the city’s BayWalk garage.The city agreed to forgo up to $160,000 in parking fees next year. This will be the third year the city has subsidized parking for movie patrons.

St. Petersburg creates domestic partnership registry June 8, 2012
The City Council unanimously approved the creation of a domestic partnership registry Thursday that would give legal rights to unmarried couples, gay or heterosexual.

The Independent Florida Alligator

Candidate focused on jobs, social programs Jan. 17, 2012
Yvonne Hinson-Rawls saw Gainesville residents unable to find jobs. She saw graduates unable to stay in town with their ideas. She saw children unable to succeed in school.

The North Florida Herald

Six Gallons of Water for One Penny in Alachua — Even at Higher Utility Rates Aug. 26, 2010
Public Works Director Mike New brought a gallon each of gas, milk and bottled water to the Alachua City Commission meeting Monday. He knew the proposal that night to dramatically increase utility rates would face resistance from residents, so he presented his props and compared their prices.
New said a gallon of store-bought water costs $1.49 per gallon while city water “delivered right to your door” costs about one-sixth of a penny.
The props didn’t help much. People were still angry.

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