Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg City Council puts proposed construction hiring law on hold

The City Council on Monday temporarily halted a proposed law that would require construction firms to hire local residents for big-ticket projects.

In question was the possibility of paying $150,000 to study the hiring practices of construction firms. The council voted 4-2 to delay the vote until Jan. 10. Council members Bill Dudley and Steve Kornell were absent.

In the next six weeks, city lawyers will try to revise the ordinance so that the study of local hiring practices at construction firms isn't needed for the proposed ordinance.

Several council members and residents have questioned what the study would produce.

The law, if later passed, would force construction firms to hire Pinellas County residents for taxpayer-funded projects priced at $2 million or more.

To be eligible, workers would have to live in Pinellas County for at least six months before the start of a project and maintain their residence until the work is completed. Contractors and subcontractors also would have to make good-faith efforts to use apprentices and disadvantaged workers for at least 20 percent of work hours.

The law's supporters believe it will help disadvantaged and minority residents land jobs on projects such as the new $40 million police headquarters and the $50 million Pier project. Critics say the law would reduce competition, produce lower-quality work and drive up prices.

St. Petersburg City Council puts proposed construction hiring law on hold 11/19/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:16am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021

    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  2. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Analysis: Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared

    World

    LONDON — For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.

  4. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  5. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.