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Editorial: Part of the problem

When the Gainesville City Commission bought the vacant Mom’s Kitchen restaurant in 2009, there were a number of reasons to question the purchase. The city was dealing with a $1 million budget deficit at the time and the project wasn’t on a list of priorities for redevelopment. Yet the commission voted 4-3 to pay $165,000…


St. Pete Beach eyes big police savings

ST. PETE BEACH – City commissioners are talking about making improvements to the Corey Avenue area this year as a result of cost savings through their contract with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. St. Pete Beach Commissioner Marvin Shavian said at the commission’s Feb. 26 meeting he feels “very strongly” that improvements need to be…


City agrees to borrow $13 million for marina

PANAMA CITY — Commissioners approved a $13 million loan to finance the Marina Redevelopment Project during Tuesday’s meeting. The vote will effectively put the city more than $15 million in debt to SunTrust Bank. However, officials were confident the funds will ultimately benefit the city. “There’re wants and needs,” said Mayor Greg Brudnicki. “Most of…