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Thursday, December 17th, 2015


March Against Gun Violence in St. Pete

By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter

After several shootings in the city, the mayor has called a march to end them.

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman has asked the public to join him in the Mayor’s March Against Gun Violence, which will take place Friday (Dec. 18) starting at 5 p.m. The march will start at the police station, 1300 First Ave. N, and move to the Love Your Neighborhood Mural at 22nd Street and First Avenue S.

The mayor will make a short speech at the march’s end.

The march follows a series of shooting deaths in the city during the past few weeks. In every case, the victim was a young person.

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Pinellas Board Looking for Volunteers For Count

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The volunteers would help with the annual count of the numbers of homeless people in Pinellas.

PINELLAS COUNTY – The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board needs help from the community to conduct a one-day count and survey of homeless individuals and families in the local community.

An annual countywide survey of the homeless population is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for any area receiving federal funding for homeless programs. The survey helps identify gaps in services and helps countywide efforts toward ending homelessness. The data collected will help ensure funding is available to provide critical services.

Last year’s one-day count identified 3,387 homeless individuals who met the study criteria set out by HUD, though the county’s total homeless population is estimated to be almost twice that number.

The count is scheduled for Jan. 28.There will be a mandatory training session for all participants held on various dates in January.

To volunteer, go to and look for the 2016 point in time count registration or call (727) 582-7922.

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Downtown St. Pete to Get Commercial Air Service

By JON WILSON, Consulting Editor, TB Reporter

Tropic Ocean Airways will begin service to Fort Lauderdale in February.

ST. PETERSBURG — A new airline will start commercial service to Fort Lauderdale out of Albert Whitted Airport in downtown St. Petersburg starting Feb. 1. Tropic Ocean Airways CEO Rob Ceravolo made the announcement at a morning press conference held today (Dec. 17) on the edge of the airport property. One of Tropic Ocean’s planes served as a backdrop.

Four flights weekly will be scheduled, two on Monday and two on Friday, Ceravolo said. “We love the community and hope you will support us,” he said. Tropic Ocean was founded in 2009 and has a fleet of seven aircraft with both land and seaplane capability. The fleet includes a range of sizes. The Cessna 206 can seat up to four people with a possibility of five depending on weight. Tropic Ocean’s Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibian can seat up to eight people and its Cessna 208 Wheeled Caravan up to nine.

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Chris Steinocher welcomed the airline, saying Tropic Ocean’s arrival will be helpful to businesses and create jobs.

The airline currently has regularly scheduled service to the Bahamas and charter flights to other destinations around Florida. Future destinations may include Key West, Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Ceravolo said.

Ceravolo is a Ft. Lauderdale native who was a Navy pilot with 10 years of active duty. He was awarded two Air Medals for missions flying the F-14 Tomcat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He attended the Navy’s Top Gun program and was an air combat instructor. He is a University of Florida graduate with a business degree.

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Dunedin Concert Band Presents “Massive Holiday Concert”

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Many Christmas favorites will be presented.

DUNEDIN – It’s close enough to Christmas and the other various end-of-year holidays for a focused celebration! The Dunedin Concert Band presents many classic Christmas favorites. Bring the family and your friends to the show. The first is 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 20) and the second is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 22). Both are at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

The Dunedin Concert Band was formed in 1982 to give performers and audiences alike the opportunity to share something special, and participate in live music as it should be experienced: together. With young and old, professional and amateur musicians joining forces, the concert band seeks to provide an experience like no other. The band encourages you to “be fascinating” and  bring someone with you!

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In Pasco, an Audio Sample Ballot for Upcoming Elections

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The audio-enabled sample ballot is designed to help voters with disabilities, who are living abroad, or who are in the military.

PASCO COUNTY -An audio-enabled sample ballot will be available for Pasco voters during the 2016 election cycle.

The audio ballot, a valuable tool for voters with disabilities, voters in the military and Americans living abroad, will be accessible through the LiveBallot application which is hosted on the secure Microsoft Cloud for Government.  The audio-enabled ballot is multilingual, and compatible with all major screen readers, tactile switches, closed captioning and sip and puff systems.

“Having balloting information readily available and easily accessible for voters with the challenge of distance or disabilities can only further empower them in exercising their right to vote,” Pasco elections supervisor Brian Corley said.  “I’m excited about adding this valuable tool to our county.”

The audio-enabled sample ballot will be provided by Democracy Live, a Seattle, WA, company that says it is the leading provider of web-based balloting in the U.S.

“Over the years, our LiveBallot Accessible Sample Ballot has been deployed in hundreds of elections and has always been well received by the disability community,” Bryan Finney, president of Democracy Live, said.  “We are excited for the voters of Pasco County to now have access to it.”

Democracy Live was founded in 2007 with the goal of simplifying the voting process for all U.S. citizens by providing innovative and accessible balloting tools that also reduce the cost of holding elections.  Democracy Live has been awarded grants from the U.S. Elections Assistance, Microsoft, Intel and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist the 35 million disabled voters in the U.S.

For information about Democracy Live, go to For information about Pasco elections, go to

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