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.

It’s now the Tech Data St. Pete Pride Parade and some people aren’t happy

Crowds celebrate during the 2018 St. Pete Pride Parade. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times (2018)]
St. Petersburg's Pride parade this year is called the Tech Data St. Pete Pride Parade. The sponsorship has some people upset.

St. Petersburg hires new overseer of wastewater system

Lisa Rhea, shown here in Oldsmar in 2012, has been hired to take charge of St. Petersburg's wastewater system. [Times (2012]
Lisa Rhea was formerly public works director in Oldsmar

St. Petersburg council officially supports universal health care

The St. Petersburg City Council passed a resolution supporting universal health care.  [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
The resolution, which passed 6-2, was requesed by Steve Kornell

St. Petersburg's District 5 City Council race off and running with candidate forum

Five of the six candidates vying for St. Petersburg’s District 5 seat faced off at a candidate forum Monday at the Enoch Davis Recreation Center. From left to right: Deborah Figgs-Sanders, Anne Hirsch, Philip Garrett, Trenia Cox and Beth Connor. [JOSH SOLOMON   |   Times]
Five of the six candidates answered questions about police body cameras, the development of Tropicana Field and affordable housing.

St. Petersburg's marina needs work. Who will pay for it?

Boats remain docked at the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina’s central yacht basin, north of Demens Landing and south of the pier. The city received four proposals to renovate the marina, and in exchange the winning company would take over management. Or the city could renovate the marina itself, though that would require incurring debt. Mayor Rick Kriseman estimates the cost of redoing the marina at $50-million. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
City officials are weighing whether to undertake the work, which could cost up to $50 million, or contract with a private company. Here are the proposals on the table.