Mayor Rick Kriseman returned today from a three-day conference in Albuquerque after mingling with dozens of mayors from around the country to discuss how cities can foster entrepreneurship.
Next year, Kriseman won't have to get on a plane to New Mexico. St. Petersburg will host the conference in 2016 in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Kriseman said the conference, which might be attended by up to 100 mayors, would be a showcase for the Sunshine City....
District 7 City Council candidate Will Newton owed $32,139.93 in federal back taxes from 2010 until he paid them off in full in 2012, according to Internal Revenue Service documents.
The IRS filed two separate notices of federal tax liens against Newton in 2010. In September, a lien was filed for $13, 515.30 in unpaid taxes from 2004 to 2006. In December, the federal tax agency filed another lien for $18,624.63 for the tax years 2007 through 2009....
City Council chairman Charlie Gerdes has made up his mind on the contentious, pivotal District 7 race between Will Newton and Lisa Wheeler-Brown: He's staying out of it.
The two challengers for the open seat, being vacated by term-limited Wengay Newton, the older brother of Will, have ferociously sought the endorsements of their potential future work mates.
Newton has lined up incoming council member Ed Montanari and current officeholders Steve Kornell, Amy Foster, Bill Dudley (who's term-limited) and his older brother....
City Council chairman Charlie Gerdes said Thursday morning that he will withdraw a resolution asking the Pinellas County Commission to hold off making any decision on future plans for about $6 million in tourist tax dollars until the city resolves its long dispute with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The resolution had been scheduled to be voted on at the City Council's 3 p.m. meeting, but in a break during committee meetings at City Hall Thursday, Gerdes said county commissioner's comments on Thursday made it clear that the county wasn't going to act quickly on a proposal by the Atlanta Braves, local developer Darry LeClair and ex-baseball player Gary Sheffield to bring a spring training and amateur sports complex to the former Toytown landfill....
The St. Petersburg City Council doesn't normally make news at its "mini-meeting," held each second Thursday of the month and normally dedicated to awards and presentations.
But today at 3 p.m., the City Council will again consider a resolution by Chairman Charlie Gerdes to ask the Pinellas County Commission to hold off on any decisions on the $6.5 million in tourist tax that, until the end of last month, went to pay off bonds used to pay for the construction of Tropicana Field....
ST. PETERSBURG — The warning came five hours after 50 children had finished their mid August sailing lesson at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
A city employee called the club's waterfront director and said the students should "take an extra hot shower for decontamination from the discharge."
That lone phone call, which came hours after the city pumped 1.1 million gallons of essentially untreated sewage into Tampa Bay, was the only known alert the city issued regarding the spill, according to a state investigative report obtained Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Times....
A state investigation found that St. Petersburg made no attempt to warn the public of a 1.1 million gallon sewage dump from the Albert Whitted wastewater plant in early August.
The inquiry, released Wednesday to the Times, also turned up contradictions between the city's version of the spill and the subsequent state investigation.
When the Tampa Bay Times first reported the dump on Aug. 10, city officials initially said the sewage had been treated and posed no threat to people....
ST. PETERSBURG — In a strongly worded letter sent to Mayor Rick Kriseman, Eckerd College's president says an internal review of the city's wastewater system was a sham and needs to be revamped.
"This is not the independent inquiry that the City Council requested and that we believe is necessary to determine how the spill occurred and what should be done to ensure that such an incident never happens again," wrote Donald Eastman on Friday....
Mayor Rick Kriseman is attending a conference in New Mexico on how cities can foster entrepreneurship.
The trip, paid for by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which organized the conference, will continue until Thursday.
The conference will address the role of private charities in encouraging start-ups, how "community assets" can spur entrepreneurial growth and how to track entrepreneurial activity, among other topics....
In the midst of a contentious labor negotiation between the city's union members and Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration, a new group of white-collar workers has decided to join their ranks.
About 240 white-collar workers, in city departments like information technology and engineering, voted 73-70 Tuesday to organize with the Florida Public Services Union, which already represents many of the city's workers....
In a strongly worded letter sent to Mayor Rick Kriseman, Eckerd College's president says a review of the city's wastewater system was a sham and needs to be revamped.
"This is not the independent inquiry that the City Council requested and that we believe is necessary to determine how the spill occurred and what should be done to ensure that such an incident never happens again," wrote Donald Eastman in an Oct. 2 letter and obtained Tuesday by the Tampa Bay Times....
Mayor Rick Kriseman added to his executive team Monday, hiring Leah McRae to the city's newly-created position of Director of Education and Community Engagement.
McRae, 42, will act as an advocate for St. Petersburg schools and serve as a liaison with the Pinellas County School Board and other education-policy institutions.She'll also lead the mayor's service learning initiative where school children engage in service projects in the community. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday that the agency's law enforcement division is investigating the city of St. Petersburg's sewage spills in August.
The investigation is nearly complete, but details can't be released until it's closed, said Officer Baryl Martin, spokesman for the commission's law enforcement division.
Few details emerged Friday about why the agency, which protects state wildlife and habitat, was investigating the city. Mayor Rick Kriseman declined comment. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg architect Sean Williams has watched the nearly decade-long saga of hurt feelings, cold shoulders and failed schemes that have defined the relationship between the Tampa Bay Rays and the city.
A few months ago, Williams decided to give both sides something to rally around: a sketch of what those 85 acres at Tropicana Field could look like with a 30,000-seat stadium connected to bike paths, high-end office space, restaurants and stores. ...
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed Friday to the Tampa Bay Times that the agency's law enforcement divison is investigating the city of St. Petersburg's sewage spills in August.
Since the investigation is ongoing, the agency can't release many details, said Kelly Richmond, a spokeswoman for the commission.
After several weeks of heavy rains, the city released more than 31 million gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into Clam Bayou, Tampa Bay and the campus of Eckerd College in the first ten days of August....