Josh Solomon, St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

Josh Solomon

St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

I cover St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County legal beat. When I'm not roaming city hall or sitting in court, I’m sleeping late or watching cooking videos on YouTube. I’m proudly from New Jersey, with a tattoo to prove it, and I graduated from Northwestern University before coming to the Times in 2014. I've had the honor of documenting the most magical and tragic moments in Floridians' lives, including a rocket launch, an execution and three hurricanes. Off work, I like things that go — I have a pilot’s license and own a motorcycle — and things that are slow, like savoring morning coffee and a local brew at night. I’m in journalism because I believe the truth can touch hearts and change the world.

Epilogue: Bea Griswold, longtime St. Petersburg council member

Bea Griswold, then Chairwoman of the St Petersburg City Council, spoke at the groundbreaking for BayWalk. MARK GUSS  |  Tampa Bay Times
Her compassion was as strong as her passion.

St. Petersburg pumped 6.6 million more gallons of dirty water into the Floridan Aquifer over the weekend

An injection well at the Southwest Water Reclamation Facility in St. Petersburg. The plant pumped 6.6 million gallons of too-dirty water into the aquifer on Saturday. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
The water exceeded state pollution limits for injection. Itís the seventh infraction the city has racked up since the start of 2018.

Rick Kriseman, Jimmy Patronis have a war of tweets over a city firefighter with cancer

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. Times staff
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Jason Francis, diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January, says heís entitled to certain benefits under a new law. The city says itís seeking clarity about his...

St. Petersburg City Council incumbents hope to thwart challengers in next week's primary

Two St. Petersburg City Council  seats in next week’s primary are sought by incumbents. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Two of the four seats up for election this year are being defended by incumbents. Lisa Wheeler-Bowman hopes to remain the District 7 representative, while Ed Montanari hopes to stay in District 3.

St. Petersburg City Council 2019 primary election voter guide: All the candidates on the issues

Tara McCarty
What do the candidates in your district think about the Rays stadium, affordable housing and more?