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Weather foils another Kriseman trip



St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has lousy luck on official trips.

In August, Kriseman had to cut short a trip to Cuba when Tropical Storm Erika threatened the island. 

Kriseman had led a delegation to Havana, which included Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and Council member Charlie Gerdes. They returned a day early when Erika's path appeared threatening to St. Petersburg. The bad weather shifted away from the city. 

On Thursday, the mayor's office confirmed Kriseman, in Washington, D.C. for a U.S Conference of Mayors meeting, will be coming home a day early to avoid a major snowstorm headed toward the nation's capital.

Kriseman isn't the only Tampa Bay-area mayor in D.C.. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is also attending the mayor's conference. No immediate word on whether Buckhorn plans to come home early.

As the storm approached, Buckhorn was able to tweet this:

Kriseman has good reason to get out of the way of a storm expected to drop up to two feet of snow and paralyze travel.

His second "State of the City" address is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.

The weather has already played havoc with that speech. On Wednesday, the mayor's office moved the event inside to the Palladium due to forecasts of strong winds and cool temperatures.

Kriseman was to have addressed residents on the steps of City Hall.




[Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:24pm]


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