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A Random Harvest

Jon WIlson | Random Harvest | TB Reporter

. . . notes from around the Bay, gathered by Jon Wilson, consulting editor, TB Reporter

St. Pete Pier: Three companies are competing to operate and manage the  26-acre Pier District in downtown St. Petersburg: Spectra Venue Management, Philadelphia; Colliers International, Clearwater; and Skyway One, St. Petersburg. The winning company will be responsible for marketing, leasing, parking, security and building maintenance for the district, which stretches from the new $46-million St. Pete Pier to Bayshore and Beach drives.

Title Tournament: The St. Petersburg Silver Raiders junior midget football team will participate in the 2015 Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista this weekend. The Silver Raiders recently won youth football’s Pop Warner southeast regional divisional championship in Miami.

More Champs: Winning this season’s Suncoast Youth Football Conference titles were Northeast (Flyweights division), Pinellas Park (Mighty Mites), Lakewood (Pee Wees) and St. Petersburg (Midgets). The conference includes 12 teams from across Pinellas County. Players are separated by age, weight and skill level.

Library Look-back: The Friends of the Mirror Lake Library present a “Centennial Panel: Reflections of 100 Years” on Saturday, (Dec. 5) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mirror Lake Community Library, 280 Fifth St. N in downtown St. Petersburg. Free and open to the public. Open seating available at 1:30 p.m. Seven panelists will share their memories and anecdotes about growing up in St. Petersburg and the influence of the library, which is 100 years old.

Candlelight Tour: St. Petersburg’s Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association presents its annual Candlelight Tour of Homes, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13. Details at .

Come on Down!  The Visit St. Pete/Clearwater tourism booster group will launch a sustained national marketing drive in 2016 rather than relying on occasional advertising. Tourism is a big deal here: In 2014, Pinellas welcomed 5.8 million overnight visitors generating $35 million in bed tax and an overall spending impact of nearly $8.5 billion. Yup, that said billion.

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