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Car crashes into Sunset Grille in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. Pete police are investigating after a car crashed into the corner of a restaurant overnight. The collision occurred after 3 a.m. Friday at the Sunset Grille, located at 2996 Dr M.L.K. Jr. Street North. Police said there were no reported injuries and the cause of...
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Jimmy Breen lived a life as colorful as the murals he painted around St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — When Jimmy Breen was selected to work on a SHINE mural in 2019, quite a few obstacles stood between him and the tall, blank wall that was his canvas. The building, 1701 Central, was under construction, and tucked right next to the interstate. A protruding tree branch blocked his path to the structure. Breen and his then-business partner, Anthony Freese, only had one lift, and limited time to wrap up their design before the end of the festival. But Breen kept at it.

Market Snapshot: In turning rural Parrish to Silverleaf, developer kept trees in mind

Four miles east of I-75 and north of the Manatee River in Parrish, Silverleaf is an eye-catching community with large green preserves and dozens of lakes and retention ponds. The three entrances – south on U.S. 301, north on Old Tampa Road and west on Chin Road – all feature attractive landscaping around the signage walls and on the medians of the divided roadways leading to the entry gates.

Driveable Destinations: Sarasota

Within a short span of time, it’s easy to reach some of Florida’s most historic and vibrant communities. In this ongoing series, we highlight some great destinations that will make you want to hit the road. As travelers embark on new adventures, we encourage taking appropriate health precautions.

Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg

Scaredy Cat? Not really – Wednesday’s partially deaf, so she’s not always going to hear people approaching her. But… that means you need to learn to communicate with her differently, and many people don’t want to take the time, which is why she’s been in a shelter for months. This 3-year-old kitty can hear loud noises, but no doors opening or footsteps, so she needs a human who can learn to get her attention without scaring her. When someone is patient and respectful, Wednesday’s an affectionate, friendly cat. Despite her hearing loss, she’s a chatterbox with a raspy little meow. She will thrive in a home where she doesn’t have to compete for attention.

Choral Artists of Sarasota salute July 4th in concert

Planning an annual July Fourth concert for Choral Artists of Sarasota is a bit like preparing music for a holiday program. There are certain songs that you just have to include every year mixed in with other pieces that introduce audiences to music they don’t know. Joseph Holt is mixing the new and...

Hit-and-run driver sentenced to jail time

MANATEE COUNTY – Cierra Shannon, 28, of Holmes Beach, was sentenced on June 20 to four years in prison after pleading no contest on April 11 to a first-degree felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash with a death. She also will serve a minimum of three...

The Suncoast will see thunderstorms every day this holiday weekend

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - On this holiday weekend we will need to be weather aware. Beaches will be crowded, boaters will be taking advantage of great boating weather, outdoor festivities will be underway, and lightning storms are in the forecast. Every summer holiday it seems there is a lightning injury...

Florida man says ‘spirits’ told him to set boss’s future home on fire

A Florida man was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly he was caught on camera setting his boss’s future home on fire because “spirits” told him to. Thanh Ha, 54, was caught on multiple surveillance cameras approaching a home under construction in St. Petersburg on his bicycle just before noon on May 3. He locked the bike to a stop sign before entering the home, trying to cover his face with his clothing, according to arrest documents obtained by WFLA. About five minutes later, Ha was taped running outside of the home, unlocking the bike and speeding away. Prospective buyers of the home identified Ha as one of their employees, according to documents. Police said that Ha admitted to starting the fire not because he was upset with his employer, but “because ‘spirits’ told him to,” officers wrote. Ha was charged with arson in the second degree and his bond was set at $10,000, WFLA reported.