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Kriseman takes inaugural commercial flight out of Albert Whitted

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Mayor Rick Kriseman and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Steinocher went on a daytrip to Fort Lauderdale Monday.

But it was their mode of travel was the whole point.

Kriseman and Steinocher were the inaugural passengers on Tropic Ocean Air's first flight this morning from Albert Whitted Airport on St. Petersburg's waterfront.

They'll return later today. Along for the ride were a videographer and the chamber's new chairman, Greg Holden, said Kriseman's chief of staff Kevin King.

The first scheduled flight across Tampa Bay on January 1, 1914 had a former St. Petersburg mayor, Abram Pheil as a passenger, a fact noted by King.

No taxpayer dollars were spent on the jaunt. The airline took Kriseman and Steinocher for free on the nine-seat Cessna.

 

[Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2016 3:42pm]

    

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