Former Mayor Rick Baker will recieve receive the Chancellor's Award for Civic LeadershipSunday during USF St. Petersburg's fall commencement.
The former two-term mayor will honored for his commitment to education, the arts, diversity and economic development, the college announced Monday. The award is given for outstanding contributions to the community. It is the most prestigious award granted by USF St. Petersburg and recognizes the institution's strong ties with the community....
12/06/13 Local Government
Meeting generates big talk in tiny Tarpon
After Gov. Rick Scott's schedule went out by email Wednesday, Tarpon Springs Mayor David Archie's phone blew up with calls.
Archie's name was right there on the governor's schedule after an event at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.
For reporters who see the governor's schedule every day, the so-called meet and greet with the mayor of bitty Tarpon Springs was unusual enough to make one wonder: Is the governor vetting Archie as a possible lieutenant governor?...
12/03/13 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman has honored his pledge to hire a high-ranking administrator to oversee economic development for the struggling Midtown area.
Kriseman announced Tuesday that he picked Nikki Gaskin-Capehart, 40, to serve as his director of urban affairs. The St. Petersburg native will work to develop an economic agenda for Midtown, which includes some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city....
ST. PETERSBURG — One week after winning the election, Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman announced his first hire: a high-ranking hospital official who will be his only deputy mayor.
At a 10 a.m. news conference, Kriseman said Kanika Tomalin will focus on citywide issues, but one emphasis of her job will be to help reduce poverty and boost economic development in the struggling Midtown area....
11/13/13 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman announced Wednesday that he will make Assistant Chief David DeKay the interim police chief when Chief Chuck Harmon retires.
DeKay, a 31-year veteran, oversees the department's Investigative Services Bureau and must retire no later than November 2014 because of the state's deferred retirement program.
The choice comes as no surprise. The other assistant chiefs, Melanie Bevan and Luke Williams, have both said they would seek the top post....
Mayor Bill Foster and mayor-elect Rick Kriseman are meeting to discuss the transition for a new leader to take over at City Hall.
Foster and Kriseman are now behind closed doors on the second floor at City Hall....
ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Kriseman frequently blasted Mayor Bill Foster on the campaign trail about the stalled negotiations between the Tampa Bay Rays and the city over a new stadium.
Now, as mayor-elect, Kriseman received a private briefing Wednesday by Foster and top officials on the secret details known only to a few City Hall insiders.
After the more than two-hour meeting ended, Kriseman said he came away with a new understanding and said the Rays stalemate will be the most pressing issue facing his new administration....
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman denounced a comment from his campaign manager that he could have won the election without conquering 19 precincts populated by African-African voters.
Days after Tuesday's election, campaign manager Cesar Fernandez boasted on Twitter that Kriseman "did not need the African American vote to win" and that Kriseman could "still have come out on top" if Foster won those votes....
How does Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman's campaign manager thank a group of voters who helped push Kriseman to victory?
Cesar Fernandez tells African-American voters that Kriseman didn't need them to win the election.
On Thursday, Fernandez sent several tweets about the Election Day turnout, saying that Kriseman won 67 of the city's 92 precincts. Citywide, Kriseman decisively defeated Mayor Bill Foster 56 percent to 44 percent....
Minding p's and q's
At almost every meeting of the Pinellas County Commission there's a public comment period and at almost every meeting the same three or four people show up and berate their elected officials. This has probably been going on for generations, and most of the commission is immune to it, but apparently Commissioner Janet Long has had enough.
"The same three people come up here," Long said at the end of Tuesday's meeting. "One of them is always talking about a School Board issue."...
ST. PETERSBURG — Fifteen hours after stopping Mayor Bill Foster's re-election bid, Rick Kriseman walked into City Hall for the first time with his new title: mayor-elect.
The former City Council member and state lawmaker unveiled his transition plan amid a room full of nervous, high-ranking staffers at City Hall.
He announced the beginnings of a transition team that will frame the groundwork for his first 100 days in office. Big issues await, such as the search for a new police chief, the future of the Pier and the stalled negotiations with the Tampa Bay Rays....
ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg has a new mayor.
Challenger Rick Kriseman topped Mayor Bill Foster with 56 percent of the vote compared to Foster's 44 percent, according to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections Office. Mail ballots and all but two of the city's 92 precincts have been counted.
Kriseman, 51, gathered with supporters at Nova 535, but was huddled in a back room to receive results privately with his family. A Kriseman worker escorted Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn into the room about 7:45 p.m....
The race was contentious, the costliest in history and nine months long, but in what felt like a moment, a majority of voters made clear what they wanted — a new man to lead them.
Just minutes after 7 p.m. Tuesday, the election all but ended when results from absentee ballots showed Rick Kriseman with a commanding 10-point lead over Mayor Bill Foster. Kriseman finished the night with 56 percent of the vote to Foster's 44 percent....
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Bill Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman have made countless arguments on why each should lead the city for four years.
The months of campaigning will come to an end today, with polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The former City Council members and lawyers plan to vote early, and then call residents to urge them to get out to vote.
Foster, 50, worked the phones Monday. In between calls, the mayor said he wants residents to consider whether they like the direction the city is headed. If so, they should give him four more years at the helm, he said....
When two leaders of the St. Petersburg Police Department retired in September, elected officials from across the region sent proclamations to be read at a retirement party attended by more than 500 people.
But Mayor Bill Foster and City Council Chairman Karl Nurse issued no proclamations for former Assistant Police Chief Cedric Gordon and Sgt. Al White. Did politics factor into that decision?...