St. Pete gives preliminary approval for Uber, Lyft in city
It took years in Hillsborough County, but the St. Petersburg City Council took the first step Thursday to clear the way for ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft to legally operate in the city.
The council unanimously approved an ordinance that would revamp the city's vehicle for hire ordinance to allow ride-sharing service.
An Uber representative, Cesar Fernandez,who attended previous committee meetings where details of the proposal were discussed, managed Mayor Rick Kriseman's winning 2013 mayoral campaign.
Taxi companies are satisfied with the proposal, said City Administrator Gary Cornwell.
The issue isn't finalized yet. The City Council will consider it again at a public hearing on Nov. 21.