Robert Blackmon, one of eight candidates vying for the District 6 seat, has been endorsed by City Council member Jim Kennedy.
Kennedy, who is term limited, has also endorsed former Mayor Rick Baker, who is running against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Blackmon, 28, a real estate investor, is considered one of three front runners for District 6, which includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast. ...
ST. PETERSBURG — The Tom and Mary James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, which is expected to have its grand opening in early 2018, has hired Bernice Chu as interim director.
Chu will report to museum chairman Tom James. Her work experience is in design, construction and operations management, most recently with the MCA Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago....
ST. PETERSBURG — There are plenty of good signs along the city's port.
The number of vessels — from large yachts to dinner cruises — has increased. Thousands of visitors flock to waterside food truck rallies. Revenues are up.
08/03/17 Local Government
Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman is closer to getting the extra millions he wants to create a "world class" Pier District.
Without much preamble Thursday, City Council members voted 5-3 to amend an interlocal agreement between St. Petersburg and Pinellas County that would reallocate $14 million to help add "enhancements" to the Pier District.
08/02/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — The District 6 City Council seat has attracted eight hopefuls who are as diverse as the sprawling area they hope to represent.
Their number includes white and black residents; millennials and baby boomers. They call the booming downtown home; have roots in the struggling Midtown community; or they have settled in the district's middle-class neighborhoods.
When the District 6 boundaries were redrawn in 2013, 51 percent of its residents were minorities. But, outgoing City Council member Karl Nurse said the recent growth of the downtown population has caused that percentage to dip....
07/31/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — City Council candidate Robert Blackmon has denied news reports that he is dating Sydney Simpson, the daughter of O.J. Simpson.
The New York Post reported early Monday morning that Blackmon, 28, was dating Sydney Simpson, 31. But the only person quoted in the story was Blackmon himself.
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07/21/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Eritha "Akile" Cainion has been one of the most vocal candidates among the crowded field running for the District 6 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.
She has garnered widespread attention for her loud, staccato-style declarations at candidate forums.
"I'm not angry," she said once. "I'm mad as hell."
The candidate is a member of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, a St. Petersburg-based organization that advocates for social justice for African-Americans....
07/20/17 Local Government
Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — James Scott's central tenet is sustainability.
He told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Monday that his "vision" for St. Petersburg is to build on its reputation as "Florida's first green city."
Sometime in the future, he could see some of downtown's streets being shut down and filled with green space broken only by sidewalks....
07/20/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — As a child, businessman and philanthropist Tom James loved cowboy movies, an affinity that would later play out in a vast collection of Western art amassed over the years with his wife, Mary.
In a few months, the couple will open the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in the heart of St. Petersburg's downtown, blocks from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dalí Museum and the planned Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement....
07/19/17 Local Government
Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — Corey Givens Jr. delivers his pronouncements with the confidence and cadence of a preacher.
As a candidate for the City Council District 6 seat, he speaks about his concern for the environment and the importance of engaging fellow African-Americans on the issue. He was brought up by a single mother, he said, and that's the reason affordable housing is important to him. He's in favor of economic development that produces meaningful jobs....
07/17/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — James "Jim" Jackson says he has knocked on more than a thousand doors in his campaign for the District 6 City Council seat.
"That's where you hear the issues," he told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Friday.
Jackson, 72, said he's learned what people care about. It's mostly about what's happening in their own neighborhoods relating to city services and petty crime....
07/14/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Of the eight candidates vying for the City Council District 6 seat, Gina Driscoll has managed to nab the endorsement of the man she could succeed.
Council member Karl Nurse, who is prevented from running again because of term limits, this week endorsed Driscoll, 46, for the seat he will vacate later this year.
Thursday Driscoll told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board that it means a lot to get Nurse's support....
07/13/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Robert Blackmon is big on the saving the environment, a history buff and a real estate investor believes the poor and unskilled should be trained to benefit from the city's building boom.
Those were just some of the issues the candidate for the District 6 seat on the City Council discussed Wednesday during a meeting with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board. District 6 includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast....
ST. PETERSBURG — Since returning five years ago to the city where he had spent much of his life growing up, Justin Bean has moved purposefully among St. Petersburg's organizations and leaders.
"I immediately started looking at how I could get involved," Bean told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Tuesday. He is one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat....
ST. PETERSBURG — Maria Scruggs, one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat, joked that she's the grandmother of the group of younger rivals, with one exception.
Scruggs, 59, who spoke to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Monday, said she would bring preparation and experience to the race along with a track record of getting things done. ...