Two forums set for new city access channel
The public is invited to attend — or watch live — the first official candidate forums to be televised on the city's StPeteTV government access channels. Hosted by the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg, the two forums will be 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 (City Council candidates) and Aug. 6 (mayoral candidates) in City Council Chamber, 175 Fifth St. N.
For those watching at home, the forums will be carried live on StPeteTV (Channel 35 broadcast, 615 Bright House, 15 Knology and 20 Verizon Fios) and streamed on stpete.org. The forums will be rebroadcast periodically until the primary on Sept. 1.
Nine candidates running in City Council Districts 4, 5 and 6 will participate in the candidate forum Aug. 4. Candidates running in City Council Districts 2 and 8 will not participate in the August forum because each district has only two candidates on the September ballot. They will be invited to appear at another round of forums in October before the Nov. 3 general election. All 10 candidates for St. Petersburg mayor will participate on Aug. 6.
Discussion set on flood-related issues
A discussion on National Flood Insurance Program requirements, flooding and flood-related issues will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S, Gulfport. Also on the agenda is the Community Rating System program, in which the city participates beyond the NFIP minimum requirements. This allows city property owners within the designated 100-year floodplain who have flood insurance to get a 15 percent discount on their premium.