Kameel Stanley, Times Staff Writer

Kameel Stanley

Kameel Stanley covers the St. Petersburg Police Department and public safety issues in southern Pinellas County for the Tampa Bay Times. She grew up in Michigan and started with the Times in January 2009 after graduating from Central Michigan University. Before coming to the Florida, she racked up bylines during summer internships at several newspapers, including the Grand Rapids Press and the Washington Post. She lives in St. Petersburg in a charming 1920s bungalow she swears she will repaint someday. A crazy Boston terrier keeps her company. When she's not working, she's usually shopping. Find her thoughts about style and fashion at the Deal Divas blog. Drop her a line if you want to talk crime patterns, police tactics or the advantages of a platform pump.

Phone: (727) 893-8643

Email: kstanley@tampabay.com

Twitter: @CornAndPotatoes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. County judge declares St. Petersburg's parking ordinance unconstitutional

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A judge ruled this week that an ordinance regulating two-hour parking restrictions in the city's downtown core violates the law, sparking questions about an often-buzzed-about topic.

    Pinellas County Judge William Overton declared city code section 26-152, which sets out rules for parking limitations in central downtown, to be unconstitutional.

    In doing so, Overton sided with St. Petersburg lawyer Chris Sierra, who launched a legal campaign this year after he says the city erroneously issued him a ticket for remaining too long in a two-hour parking space. He argued that the city's restrictions were too vague for drivers to understand....

  2. St. Pete council signals support for using Weeki Wachee Fund for park improvements, arts funding


    St. Petersburg | The City Council signaled its support on Thursday to fund a handful of projects from the city's Weeki Wachee Fund, including a proposal to support the arts with up to $1 million over the next 5 years.

    Other projects that got the green light include a $150,000 proposal to fund lighting at the volleyball courts at North Shore Park, $50,000 for shade structures at Lake Vista and Riviera Bay parks and $25,000 to study the feasibility and potential location of a regional skatepark....

  3. St. Petersburg's 2020 Plan to reduce poverty kicks off

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the much-talked-about 2020 Plan have officially kicked off their five-year effort to reduce poverty in the city's poorest neighborhoods by 30 percent.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council member Wengay Newton joined several community leaders Thursday morning at Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church to tout the plan and announce one of its first initiatives: a campaign to get 200 more youth jobs next year....

    At left, Gypsy Gallardo, chief architect of the 2020 Plan, called the additional youth jobs a “life-altering doorway” for young people who are at risk of being stuck in a cycle of poverty.
  4. Kriseman: St. Pete city workers should get at least $12.50 an hour

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Calling it "a step in the right direction," Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday proposed raising the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour.

    Flanked by Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, City Council members and community organizers on the steps of City Hall, Kriseman also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which eliminates job candidates from automatically having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan. 1. (Background checks for public safety and other sensitive positions will remain in place, and all hires will continue to be checked for criminal convictions.) ...

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman proposes raising the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour Tuesday morning on the steps of City Hall, flanked by Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and community organization leaders. Kriseman also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which excuses job candidates from having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan. 1. Background checks for public safety and other sensitive positions will remain in place.
  5. My Outfit Monday: Buttoned up and down


    I hope there's not some obscure fashion rule about how many buttons one is supposed to wear at once, because if there is, I'm probably breaking it.

    I don't know how this happened. Buttons on my skirt. Buttons on my shirt. This brings a whole different perspective to the "matchy-matchy" trap. It's no so bad, though, right?

    I think you guys have seen both pieces before, though maybe not together. The shirt -- covered in abstract multi-colored flowers, cause why not!-- was a find at a thrift store at least a couple years ago. The skirt, I think, came from a closeout sale at another thrift store. (It's Monday, I'm fuzzy on details, OK?)...

    Happy Monday! What's with all the buttons?
  6. State Senate: District 22


    State Senate | District 22

    Republican incumbent Jeff Brandes is seeking a second term for this seat, which he won in 2012. He's facing challenger Judithanne McLauchlan, a political science professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Though Brandes has the advantage of a bigger fundraising chest, McLauchlan has been a scrappy opponent, saying she will work for middle class families and is the foil to her wealthy opponent. By Kameel Stanley, Times staff writer ...

  7. Deal Diva alert: Nubian Skin is up and running!


    Remember a few weeks ago when you guys indulged my rant thoughts on the lack of "nude" clothing for women of color? And then I gushed about a new online retailer setting up shop across the pond (the big one). called Nubian Skin?...

    Look, they also sell tights!
  8. Old St. Petersburg parking meters collect donations to help the homeless

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Later this week, residents will start to see a new kind of meter around downtown.

    The city has taken a dozen old parking meters, painted them bright yellow, and slapped stickers that say "The Power of Change" on them. Workers will install them in places — not parking spots — where people gather, as a kind of donation station.

    The idea is for people to fill them with coins — money that will go to the city's homeless outreach team....

    The bright yellow donation stations will be in downtown 
St. Petersburg to raise money for homeless initiatives.
  9. State lawmaker says St. Petersburg should not fight lawsuit filed by teen shot, severely injured by officer

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — State Rep. Darryl Rouson said he wants the city to "do the right thing" and settle a federal lawsuit filed this week by the family of a teen shot and maimed by a rookie police officer last December.

    Rouson said he called Mayor Rick Kriseman and police Chief Tony Holloway on Wednesday morning to tell them so.

    "We must urge our agencies of government to admit wrong when it is clear and do the right thing," he wrote in a letter delivered to City Hall later in the afternoon. "This is an opportunity to make a difference, send a message and right a wrong timely."...

  10. Style by sign? This Libra is a believer


    This afternoon, the internet read me like a book. Or rather, a tweet read me like a ... oh, whatever. Just look:


  11. Brandes, McLauchlan squaring off in Senate District 22 race


    Voters in the competitive state Senate District 22 have been known to swing from left to right when it comes to representation.

    The behemoth district, which stretches from St. Pete Beach to South Tampa, went for President Barack Obama and Democratic U.S. congressional candidate Alex Sink in the past. But two years ago, voters sent conservative Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, to represent them in Tallahassee....

    University of South Florida St. Petersburg political science professor Judithanne McLauchlan.  [Times]
  12. Family of teen shot, maimed by former rookie St. Petersburg cop sues city


    TAMPA — Quade Everett was considered all but dead after a rookie police officer shot him in the head and shoulder in December in St. Petersburg.

    But the teen — struck by bullets as he was driving a truck that police said was stolen — survived, though he was severely disabled.

    Now Everett and his mother are suing Brian Fernandez and the city of St. Petersburg in federal court. A second officer, Brian Priest, also is named in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday....

    Laquanda Everett sits with son Quade Everett, 18, during an interview at their attorney’s office in Tampa on Monday.
  13. St. Pete council gets details on curbside recycling and arts funding

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City officials on Thursday presented the most comprehensive details yet about the universal curbside recycling program they hope to start next year.

    Public Works director Mike Connors presented a 16-page slide show to City Council members as they prepare to approve a $6 million loan to buy new trucks and containers.

    "I can only imagine the impatience of some council members and members of the public," Connors said of the program, which has suffered from a series of fits, starts and setbacks since Mayor Rick Kriseman first announced it in February....

  14. St. Petersburg City Council gives developer Bill Edwards control of Al Lang Stadium

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's official. Starting today, businessman Bill Edwards will take over management of Al Lang Stadium, the home turf for his soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

    Edwards has pledged to spend $1.5 million to fix up the aging downtown stadium and will control the facility for the next four years in a deal the City Council approved 7-1 on Thursday.

    "I came to the conclusion this is overwhelmingly a win-win-win," said council member Darden Rice, following remarks by some lamenting the end of baseball at the storied stadium. "I think this is a new day for the city. That death kind of happened a while ago....

    Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards’ deal with St. Petersburg ends a lawsuit he filed over stadium conditions.
  15. It's that time again - let's swoon over sweaters even though it's still to hot in Florida to wear them


    It's officially fall. And for most of the rest of the country, that means things are cooling down. Not so much here in Florida, though I swear I did feel a breeze the other day -- right before the sweltering noontime hours and after some thunderstorms.

    No matter. Even though we may not be able to wear sweaters here yet (except maybe in the office) there's no harm in lusting after those we would buy if it was practical. Everyone likes a planner, right?...

    Ok, settle down. This color block sweater from the Gap is less than $60. Better?