Steve Nichols, FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Saint Petersburg, FL, United States

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Past articles by Steve:

Increased costs straining St. Pete construction projects

Construction inflation is the city of St. Petersburg's first unwelcome guest of 2016, where ongoing projects could begin to cost more than expected for the city and taxpayers. → Read More

Low unemployment drives up wages for TradeWinds employees

The general manager of the TradeWinds Island Resorts, Pinellas county's largest hotel property, is unapologetic about a strategic decision to increase pay in an effort to attract potential employees. → Read More

St. Petersburg considers tickets for marijuana possession

A St. Petersburg city council committee Thursday requested a draft ordinance to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. In general terms, adult first offenders would receive civil citations, or tickets, for what is now one of the lowest criminal charges possible. → Read More

Officials move forward with plans for ferry service across bay

ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - One day after St. Petersburg's city council set aside $350,000 for a pilot ferry service between St. Pete and Tampa, Mayor Rick Kriseman received tentative invitations to make presentations to the commissions of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. He said he expects similar interest from the city of Tampa. "For this to truly be the regional project that it is, we need… → Read More

Osprey that survived shooting released back into wild

An osprey that was shot earlier in the year was released back into the wild on Monday. → Read More

Protester slings racial slurs at Pinellas Co. commissioner

Everyone in the Pinellas county commission chambers Tuesday afternoon agrees they were shocked when Rondale McDowell singled out the only African American on the board... → Read More

Small piece of Pier history to survive

A tiny but well-known structure will soon be the only surviving sliver of the St. Pete Pier. The city plans to move the bait house that occupied the southeast corner of the pier head since the 1920's. → Read More

Demolition of St. Pete Pier underway

After 42 years, a Tampa Bay icon is coming down. Demolition of the outer portions of the St. Pete Pier began Tuesday, marking the beginning of the end for the inverted pyramid. → Read More

St. Pete plan lays out costs for 'Pier District'

A new city document puts a hefty price tag on the concepts contained in a new downtown waterfront master plan. → Read More

Historic photos of early St. Petersburg may have been taken by A

A mother's scrapbook and a pilot's aerial photographs provide new insight into early St. Petersburg and one of its best known names: Albert Whitted, the namesake of downtown's airport."Albert Whitt... → Read More

Food pantry offers items for diabetics

There has been an "ah ha" moment for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. As the name implies, one of the main missions is providing health care to the medically indigent, which includes a swelling numb... → Read More

Demolition begins on the St. Pete pier

The heavy duty demolition of the St. Petersburg Pier really gets going next week, but Wednesday a pair of city workers with a pick-up pulled up some of the bricks from the Pier's pedestrian walkway. → Read More

Allegiant Air added new routes in the Bay Area

Allegiant Airlines added more flights in and out of St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, and the airport set a new monthly record for passengers in July. → Read More

St. Petersburg deciding how to spend extra cash

]The City of St. Petersburg has an unexpected $2 million more to work with next fiscal year, and Mayor Rick Kriseman told city council members how he would like to spend it. → Read More

The great tax debate in Pinellas County

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman may further adjust his efforts to secure Pinellas "bed tax" dollars for a new major league baseball stadium. → Read More

St. Pete police considering body-cameras

St. Petersburg police officers won't be issued body cameras for at least a year. However by next August, Chief Tony Holloway will be one of the best educated cop bosses in the country on the subject. → Read More

Does St. Petersburg need more police officers?

St. Petersburg police commanders have orders to study existing manpower shortages and availability to fuel probable requests for more officers and a new patrol district covering downtown St. Pete. → Read More

Flooding leads to sewage spills in the Bay Area

At least a dozen Tampa Bay area utilities have reported sewage spills to state officials since last weekend. Some of them -- including the city of St. Petersburg's -- were deliberate. → Read More

Tarpon Woods residents watch waters rise

When you get this much water, roads don't look like roads and it's hard to see where is safe to drive.  People in the Tarpon Woods subdivision in Palm Harbor learned that the hard way. → Read More

"Snuggles Delivery" leads to forever homes for animals

More than 100 employees got some excused down time to play with 18 puppies and kittens ferried in by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. → Read More