Friends Steven Belisle, 24, and Eva Manzo, 20, both of St. Petersburg, skate board home along North Shore Drive NE from North Shore Park in St. Petersburg on Thursday. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Downtown St. Petersburg about to become officially friendly to skateboards

ST. PETERSBURG— Many of the skateboarding enthusiasts who arrive at the Local Longboard Company on Central Avenue are breaking the law. They arrive via skateboard, which is illegal downtown. But it's so common that co-owner Travis Hise moved a sales rack near the door as a "parking area." Police officers rarely enf …