New St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman smiles as he greets the crowd outside of St. Petersburg City Hall, Thursday, January 2, 2014 after he was sworn in. [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman halfway through his first year, big decisions ahead

ST. PETERSBURG — A little more than halfway through his first year in office, Mayor Rick Kriseman packs his days with as many staff briefings, community meetings and small business tours as possible. He's still getting to know the pace of city bureaucracy, he said this week, but he's generally pleased with where th …