State. Sen. Darryl Rouson said Friday he’s so mad at Walmart’s decision to close its Midtown store that he wanted to vandalize the store.
“I felt like taking everything off the shelf and throwing it on the floor,” Rouson said at a late-afternoon meeting at his downtown St. Petersburg office with Walmart representatives and local officials.
Rouson, a St. Petersburg Democrat, said Walmart should have alerted state and local officials of their plans to shutter the store. Tuesday's announcement that the store, in the shopping center at 22nd Street and 18th Avenue S would close on March 3 took everyone by surpise. Why hadn't the company reached out?...
A large crowd filled St, Petersburg City Council chambers Thursday to support Mayor Rick Kriseman's decision to withhold city financial support of St. Pete Pride if organizers move forward with their plan to relocate the parade from Grand Central to a waterfront route....
01/18/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Hours after the St. Pete Pride Parade announced a new downtown waterfront route, Mayor Rick Kriseman said he would pull city financial support for the annual event. That has angered some gay activists.
The mayor announced the move Wednesday on his Facebook page. His spokesman said the mayor wanted to keep the parade in its original location, along Central Avenue in the Grand Central and Kenwood neighborhoods....
ST. PETERSBURG — As IndyCar officials and race promoters gathered Tuesday for their annual winter meeting at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, their message was clear: The city has reached landmark status for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
"Landmark. That's a good word for it," said Curt Cavin, an IndyCar spokesman. "This has been one of our most consistent races. It's the right time of year, the right location, the demographics, the downtown."...
Vito Sheeley has been newly-elected Congressman Charlie Crist's district director for two months after playing a key role in the former governor's succesful run for Congress.
Sheeley remains in that post--for the time being.
But St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has asked Crist if Sheeley will come work on his reelection campaign.
Sheeley, 44, a St. Petersburg native, said he's looking forward to working for Kriseman. Sheeley was outreach director during Crist's victory last fall over incumbent Republican David Jolly....
ST. PETERSBURG — Hours after Mayor Rick Kriseman took full responsibility for the city’s sewage crisis, he told the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday that more than 100 million gallons of sewage dumped into Tampa Bay had done no environmental harm or risked public health.
Saying he put his faith in science, Kriseman said no evidence exists that shows the city’s dumping hurt marine life, damaged sea grass or spread dangerous bacteria....
Kriseman touts St. Petersburg's progress while acknowledging mistakes during state of the city address01/14/17Local
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman painted a portrait of a reinvigorated city Saturday in his third state of the city address, pledging to remain focused on policy — not politics — in an election year.
But some residents, including former mayors Rick Baker and Bill Foster, might have found parts of Kriseman's speech akin to a stump speech, especially his portrayal of the era before he took office as lacking direction and stagnant....
ST. PETERSBURG — At a sparsely attended presentation Wednesday night at a city recreation center, a sewer consultant offered a possible strategy for St. Petersburg to grapple with the upcoming rainy season:
If heavy rains once again overwhelm the aging sewer system, the consultant said, this time the city could flush the sewage far underground instead of releasing it into Tampa Bay....
Remember that tweet 'barring' Donald Trump from St. Petersburg? Mayor Rick Kriseman sure does, but isn't worried01/13/17Local
ST. PETERSBURG — President-elect Donald Trump loves Twitter.
So does Mayor Rick Kriseman, whose Twitter feed is a daily mix of announcements, positive news and praise for the residents of Florida's fifth-largest city.
A little over a year ago, shortly after Trump proposed a ban on Muslim immigration, Kriseman took to the future president's favorite social media platform to ridicule that idea....
ST. PETERSBURG — For seven months, a fabled building in Midtown has sat empty.
Now competing visions for resurrecting the Manhattan Casino are in the hands of city officials.
A decision on the next chapter in the building's life might come this month.
Since the city seized the struggling Sylvia's restaurant in June after its owner fell behind on rent payments, the iconic building that once hosted jazz icons like Cab Calloway, Sarah Vaughn and Duke Ellington has been the subject of bitter recriminations....
ST. PETERSBURG — A key part of solving the city's sewage crisis lies underground.
Or, more precisely, four wells drilled up to 1,100 feet into the Earth over the next year that are designed to safely dispose of fully treated wastewater.
If all goes well, the city hopes to have at least one of the wells ready by rainy season.
The injection wells are the way the city disposes of treated waste from its three sewage plants that isn't used for reclaimed water, pumping it hundreds of feet below the part of the Floridan aquifer that's used for drinking water and into the aquifer's brackish layer. State law requires that the sewage flushed down the wells be treated to the level of reclaimed water — what thousands of city residents sprinkle on their lawns....
The St. Petersburg City Council's 6th District, stretches from Midtown into Old Northeast. The downtown boom of recent years has shifted the demographics in the traditionally African-American district and made it an intriguing political prize for the 2017 election.
Coucil member Karl Nurse has represented the district since 2007, is stepping down because of term limits at the end of the year. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — The shadow of the city's tortured history with Tampa Bay Rays baseball hung over a City Council discussion Thursday on whether to allow another professional sports team to occupy a public space.
At issue: The Tampa Bay Rowdies' desire to upgrade Al Lang Stadium to help the team in its quest to gain entry into Major League Soccer, the country's premier league.
Al Lang is city-owned and occupies precious, charter-protected waterfront. Voters will have to approve letting the Rowdies control that venue for up to 25 years, as the team is seeking....
In a widely-expected turn, Mayor Rick Kriseman has filed for re-election. Elected in 2013, the mayor released a statement earlier today.
St. Petersburg – On Thursday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman filed for re-election after three years in office. St. Petersburg's primary and general election dates are August 29, 2017 and November 7, 2017, respectively....
Last month, a Tampa Bay Times request for emails from interim Water Resources Director John Palenchar and Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley yielded a much different version of events than originally related by city officials regarding the courting of a Department of Environmental Protection employee involved in investigating the city's sewage mess.
First, the city said that Michele Duggan had merely been the best applicant who applied after a high-paying job was posted....