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.

St. Petersburg police change tactics for MLK Day following last year's controversial strategy

Members of the Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper Band march through downtown St. Petersburg during the annual MLK Dream Big Parade in 2017.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times (2017)]
Chief Tony Holloway said his officers will be less visible this year during the parade's after-party, which stretches down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S.

St. Petersburg City Council makes its 2020 "wish list"

DIRK SHADD   |   Times  
An exterior view of the St. Petersburg City Hall pictured Tuesday evening (10/13/15).
Council members shared their budget priorities as planning begins for the next fiscal year.

St. Peterburg Council member files for reelection

St. Petersburg District 7 Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman [Photo courtesy of the city of St. Petersburg]
District 7 Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman will seek a second term.

Deputies: Biker gang member found dead in Spring Hill driveway

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Paramedics found the man in a Spring Hill driveway, then called in deputies after seeing his injuries.

Show the Rays what public money is available for a stadium? One St. Petersburg council member thinks that's a good idea

Tropicana Field sits on an 86-acre parcel of land that St. Petersburg officials are desperate to develop. They don’t know whether to include a new baseball stadium in their plans, thoughas the Tampa Bay Rays have not indicated if they wish to build a new stadium on the site. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Council member Charlie Gerdes said giving the baseball team a clear financial picture could help them decide to stay.