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Local band performs at music festival in St. Petersburg
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On a recent Saturday morning in downtown St. Petersburg, residents near Williams Park were jolted awake by potent guitar riffs and an explosion of drums from Frostfang. The heavy metal band includes members who go to St. Petersburg College and USF St. Petersburg, making them the perfect act to open the Good Vibes Only Art and Music Festival.

A rendering of the St. Pete Pier
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The highly anticipated St. Pete Pier is scheduled to open this fall, and among the many attractions planned is Tampa Bay Watch’s 3,000-square-foot Discovery Center.

Downtown St. Petersburg will be the new home for the interactive exhibition and education center, where visitors will come face-to-face with some of the area’s native aquatic life.

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Black churchgoers in St. Petersburg joined congregations across the country in holding a get-out-the-vote event on Sunday.

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The Firestone Grand Prix kicks off in St. Petersburg on Friday, and restaurants and hotels already are stocking up and selling out.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

Located around St. Petersburg's waterfront are a number of research institutions that would be the envy of most coastal cities: the Florida Institute of Oceanography, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and  both USF St. Petersburg and the USF College of Marine Science, just to name a few.

That collection of institutions, which some are calling St. Pete's Marine District, is drawing worldwide attention, including the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, which is bringing more than 100 ocean films, as well as big money sponsors like Google, to town in November 2014.

Among those who see bright days ahead for the Marine District is Larry Langebrake.

Looking at the Dalí Museum Through New Eyes

Sep 24, 2013
WUSF/Yoselis Ramos

When it comes to art, I have but a thimble of knowledge.

City of Tampa

We've all been there: an appointment downtown lasts longer than you were expecting. Your only options are to duck out early to feed the parking meter, or stay and pay the price in the form of a ticket. 

Starting this month, there's a third option. Drivers can use the City of Tampa's new pay-by-phone system to pay for parking from anywhere.

No more digging for change in your car's cupholder. No more urging restaurant servers to hurry up with that check so you can dash back to your car. With the new Parkmobile system, you can pay for parking via smart phone, cell phone or website using a credit card or PayPal account. Drivers can also opt to receive an alert 15 minutes before their parking session expires, and then add more time remotely.

Saturday Morning Market Facebook page

When Gail Eggeman organized the first Saturday Morning Market on Nov. 7, 2002, she scoped out downtown St. Petersburg for a spot that was just big enough to accommodate the modest event.

"I think the first Saturday we had 20 vendors," said Eggeman, the market's co-founder and manager. They settled on Second Street. "It's small enough to not make us look silly," Eggeman thought.