The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in July that drug overdose deaths rose by 30 percent across the country in 2020, setting a new national record. Of the more than 93,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S., nearly 7,600 came from Florida, according to provisional data released by theContinue Reading

The team at Fo’Cheezy Twisted Meltz, the grilled-cheese themed restaurant operated by Celebrity Chef Robert Hesse and restaurateur Chef Craig Munroe announced Thursday that they’re scheduled to host a job fair at their newest location in downtown St. Petersburg next week. The event is scheduled to be held on Thursday, JulyContinue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reports detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested 28-year-old Lonnie Smith for 11 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. According to detectives, their investigation began after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. An online account wasContinue Reading

Boulevard Burgers & Tap House and Pet Pal Animal Shelter are teaming up for a “Doggie Date Night” event on Thursday, June 17th. The event will be an all-day affair featuring a complimentary dog slider or bacon strip with any purchase. Jose Cuervo margaritas are $5, and there will beContinue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 72-year-old Gordon Aber of Palm Harbor for Possession of Child Pornography on Tuesday. Detectives began their investigation after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to identify the suspect.Continue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reported detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit have arrested a St. Petersburg man for two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery on a Child Under 16-years-old. According to detectives, their investigation began at 1:46 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020, after deputies respondedContinue Reading

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office announced that Sheriff Bob Gualtieri tested positive for COVID-19 Friday afternoon. Sheriff Gualtieri’s symptoms are mild and began with a loss of taste and smell. He has no fever or respiratory issues. Sheriff Gualtieri will follow direction provided by the Department of Health and remain home forContinue Reading

The Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted their virtual political ‘Hob Nob’ event and ended with a straw poll that included Florida’s 13th Congressional race. Overwhelmingly, the pick for voters was Amanda Makki, Republican primary candidate. Amanda Makki received 23% of the vote, while her opponents trailed far behind rangingContinue Reading

Conservative Republican Amanda Makki’s 2020 Q2 campaign finance report continues to demonstrate why she is the strongest choice to be the Republican nominee for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Makki ended the quarter with twice as much cash on hand than the rest of the Republican candidates combined. Her fundraising andContinue Reading

On Monday, Amanda Makki received the endorsement of Republican State Representative James Grant to replace ineffective and extreme liberal Charlie Crist and bring conservative representation to Congress. Representing parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas County in the Florida House, Representative Grant has been a strong, conservative voice for our community inContinue Reading

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1061, expanding Florida’s new aquatic preserve about 800 square miles along the Gulf Coast, its first new aquatic preserve in over 30 years. This bill creates the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve, which will protect approximately 400,000 acres of aquatic habitat stretching from Pinellas CountyContinue Reading

On Tuesday evening, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners passed an emergency ordinance requiring that citizens wear face coverings in most indoor public places, and restaurants and bars to implement new safety and anti-crowding measures. The ordinance passed 6-1, with Commissioner Kathleen Peters dissenting. The countywide ordinance takes effectContinue Reading