Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The Buzz: Political doings and a return of pro volleyball

He's watching?

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman proclaimed he wouldn't sit at the dais for every City Council meeting, and he wasn't there for the start of Thursday's meeting.

During the public comment period, Dr. David McKalip railed about the cost of the proposed curbside recycling program and noted that Kriseman wasn't there to protect the "struggling, vulnerable and voiceless."

A few minutes later, almost as if on cue, Kriseman arrived — making the Buzz wonder if hizzoner was following the meeting on television.

Permanent job

City Administrator Gary Cornwell has lost the "interim" from his title.

Kriseman tapped the longtime bureaucrat for the role permanently. The City Council confirmed the appointment Thursday. His $150,000 salary will remain the same.

Of chief importance

Kriseman is expected to soon choose the company that will help find the city's next police chief.

Eight firms responded to the city's call for submissions to conduct the search. Kriseman plans to make a final decision "any day now," said Ben Kirby, the city's communications director.

"After that I'm not sure anything stops them from getting started," Kirby said.

Kriseman does not have to get City Council approval for contracts under $100,000.

Most of the firms said they could do the search for a base rate of $15,000 to $40,000 and could complete the job within a few months.

Volleywood fame

Another opening day event could give the Sunshine City some national exposure. The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will hold the season's inaugural event in May at Spa Beach Park. St. Petersburg will be named in the event title.

Next month's Firestone Grand Prix is also the circuit's first race of the year.

CBS will broadcast the main volleyball event for two hours, AVP owner Donald Sun told the City Council. The group will vote in March to kick in $20,000 from a sports fund to help pay for the event.

Last year's tournament featured American volleyball players, including a Olympic gold medalist and other well-known players.

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8643. Follow her @cornandpotatoes on Twitter. Mark Puente is at mpuente@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8459. Follow him @markpuente on Twitter.

The Buzz: Political doings and a return of pro volleyball 02/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fears

    World

    IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds voted Monday in a landmark referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed as a hostile act by Iraq's central government. Neighboring Turkey even threatened a military response.

    People celebrate Monday after voting closed in a referendum on independence in Irbil, Iraq.
  2. North Korean diplomat says Trump has 'declared war'

    War

    UNITED NATIONS — North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump's weekend tweet was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday.
  3. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]
  4. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  5. Man injured when small helicopter crashes into Odessa home

    Accidents

    ODESSA — A small manned helicopter crashed into the roof of a house in northwest Hillsborough County on Monday, injuring a pilot, officials said.

    Rescuers respond to a crash of a small helicopter on the roof of a home in the Odessa area on Monday. [Hillsborough County Fire Rescue]