Hurricane Ike prompts St. Peterburg mayor to put off China trip
ST. PETERSBURG- Mayor Rick Baker has deferred his trip to China, citing the unpredicable path of Hurricane Ike.
City officials will continue to monitor the storm's progress. If it looks like the storm won't hit the Tampa Bay area, Baker might rejoin the delegation in China.
Baker was set to arrive in China on Sunday as part of a national delegation of mayors known for their green initiatives. The delegation will visit Beijing, Qingdao and Shanghai before departing Sept. 14.
The cost of the trip is being funded by the Starr Foundation, a billion-dollar private foundation that supports globalization. Read more on the foundation's Web site.
Other members of the delegation include Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City and Mayor Kathleen Novak of Northglenn, Colo.
Cristina Silva, Times staff writer