ModCloth, your favorite online retailer for, well, everything, dropped us a gem this afternoon.
They're starting their own line! In about a week or so, they'll debut the first-ever ModCloth namesake label. How cool is that?
It says a lot about where we are as a culture that the email they sent out directed us to their Instagram feed for sneak peeks. So get over there! (and buy me this jumpsuit while you're at it.)...
ST. PETERSBURG | The city council voted Thursday night to ask the administration to conduct a study of redevelopment opportunities on the Tropicana Field site.
Whether anyone will take up the task remains to be seen.
"We'll take it under consideration," City Administrator Gary Cornwell said minutes after the council's 4-1 vote. "I'll leave it up to the mayor."
Council member Jim Kennedy, who voted against Mayor Rick Kriseman's deal to allow the Tampa Bay Rays to start looking outside the city for a new stadium site, said he believes that a study conducted by an outfit like the Urban Land Institute is a logical next step in the process....
ST. PETERSBURG | The city is one step closer to buying the building that houses the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum.
Council members, in a 6-0 vote Thursday, approved a purchase agreement that calls for the city to pay $663,000 to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for the museum at 2240 Ninth Ave. S. (Click here to see background on how the two agreed on the price)...
ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman has pulled back on a proposed charter change that would mean future council members, in some circumstances, would be elected solely by voters from a particular district.
Right now, council members represent one of eight districts but are elected city-wide. If more than two people want the same district seat, they have to compete in a primary; the top two vote-getters then compete again (city-wide) in the general election....
07/22/15 Local Government
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman didn't hide his glee earlier this week when the United States and Cuba reopened their long-closed embassies.
"This can only mean great things for the Sunshine City and the Tampa Bay area," Kriseman said on Twitter and Facebook, where he repeated his intent to visit Cuba.
Yet only 23 miles to the east, the same diplomatic breakthrough drew a mere shrug from another Democratic mayor, Bob Buckhorn of Tampa....
07/20/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — The man behind the city's botched rollout of universal curbside recycling will no longer supervise the sanitation department that launched the program last month.
Public Works Administrator Mike Connors also won't oversee the city's purchasing department, which bought new recycling trucks that can't fit through back alleys, a drawback that's triggered a backlash from residents who don't want bins in the streets....
07/17/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Over the years, people here have talked about race relations in coffee shops and at City Hall, at public forums and with expert panels.
Over the next couple of months, the city plans to try something new.
Following up on a promise to have broad "community conversations" about diversity, the city administration has officially kicked off a series of meetings called This Is My City. St. Pete Stories....
07/16/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — One thing appears clear about the annual Battle of the Bands held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.: Next year's competition will not be funded by the city after all.
Organizer Sevell Brown recently notified city officials he will not seek money for the Battle of the Bands hosted every year at Tropicana Field. He also acknowledged he does not qualify for the $35,000 Mayor Rick Kriseman earmarked in next year's budget....
07/14/15 Public Safety
TAMPA — Many of the 100 people who showed up for a Justice Department community forum on Tuesday night spoke out against the longtime Tampa police practice of ticketing black bicycle riders far more often than white ones.
The ticketing practice brought about the forum in Ybor City. But many of the speakers said it mainly underscores bigger racial tensions between Tampa police and the public they serve....
TAMPA — The community will have a chance tonight to voice their thoughts on the Tampa Police Department's enforcement practices as it relates to bike tickets, traffic law enforcement and officer-citizen relations.
All three topics are the subject of a "listening session" hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Service.
City officials asked the agency, known commonly as the COPS Office, to conducting a review of the department's practices following a Tampa Bay Times investigation earlier this year that found Tampa police issue more bike citations than any other department in Florida, and that eight out of 10 go to black people....
07/10/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Candidates for City Council turned in their finance reports Friday and there was one surprise.
The person who brought in the most money has already won his race by default. Ed Montanari drew no opponents for the open District 3 seat currently held by term-limited Bill Dudley.
According to documents submitted to the City Clerk's office, Montanari raised $48,475 in contributions, far more than any other candidate to date. He doesn't plan to keep it though. ...
ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman reiterated his commitment to changing the culture within city government, a day after consultants delivered a report that showed many employees have doubts about inclusiveness and diversity issues on their jobs.
In a memo to staffers penned Wednesday while he was on vacation, Kriseman thanked the more than 1,000 city workers who participated in survey used to assess attitudes about respect, equality opportunity and diversity....
07/07/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly half of city employees in a survey expressed doubts about how their workplace fosters equality, respect and inclusiveness, according to a report released Tuesday.
The 91-page study depicts a labor force beset by racial tension, even as it also shows that many employees say they feel proud and optimistic about the general direction of St. Petersburg.
The study was triggered last year by a Tampa Bay Times story about racial discord in the city's stormwater department. A Tampa consulting firm, Competency and Performance Solutions, wrote the report from a survey of 1,124 employees — or 42 percent of the city's 2,700 full-time employees who responded....
07/03/15 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Event organizer Sevell Brown dropped off a city sponsorship application earlier this year knowing it was missing a few details — namely, specifics on how to spend money for his Battle of the Bands event held annually in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Brown vowed then to return to City Hall with the required information.
That was six months ago. He hasn't been back since....
06/28/15 Public Safety
ST. PETERSBURG — About six months ago, a Police Department staffer won a raffle at a law enforcement conference. The prize? A brand-new body camera.
The freebie was hardly the first time a tech company hoped to entice the agency into making a large purchase.
Several times in the past year, vendors have contacted the St. Petersburg Police Department about body cameras, which are entwined in the national debate about race relations and police accountability....