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Colleen Wright - St. Petersburg Reporter

St. Petersburg Reporter

My 91-year-old Abuela says my career in journalism is what the American Dream is all about. My Abuelo fled Cuba and arrived in Miami in 1962. He washed dishes in the old Miami Herald cafeteria to support his family, including a baby girl on the way — my mother. Almost half a century later, the Herald gave me my first journalism job as a 17-year-old high school intern. I interned at newspapers all over the country, including at the Tampa Bay Times in 2014. It was the Times that gave me my first job after I graduated from the University of Florida, covering education in Pinellas County from 2015 to 2018. Then I returned to Miami to cover education and the nation’s fourth-largest school district for my hometown paper for three years. Now I’m back at the Times, covering St. Petersburg’s government and people. Miami may be my hometown, but the Sunshine City is my home. I live and breathe local journalism, and I’m proud I’ve spent my career working at Florida’s best newspapers.

  1. Cracking is shown on both center beams of the St. Petersburg municipal marina's west end main walkway span. City officials displayed the photo during a presentation to City Council's public service and infrastructure committee on Thursday. Officials would like council members to approve ordering a cost estimate to see how much it would cost the city to redevelop the marina rather than outsourcing the job to a third party, like Safe Harbor Land Development.
  2. Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon
  3. St. Petersburg Mayoral candidate Ken Welch.
  4. Mayoral candidate Ken Welch addresses supporters gathered during a primary-night watch party at Painting With a Twist in late August. The race continues into November for a runoff between Welch and Robert Blackmon.
  5. St. Petersburg City Council held its first in-person meeting Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, since the coronavirus pandemic took hold inside St. Petersburg City Hall. An order from Gov. Ron DeSantis suspending in-person meeting requirements expired at the beginning of the month, forcing city governments statewide to return to in-person meetings. City officials installed plexiglass barriers in the council chambers to separate council members and staffers. Members of the public, who would normally sit in the pews, instead must wait in an anteroom for an escort into chambers, should they wish to speak. It is also the first meeting held within St. Petersburg City Hall since summer of 2019, when it was closed for renovations. The renovations were complete in the summer of 2020.
  6. St. Petersburg City Council is weighing safety measures as moves toward returning to in person meetings at St. Petersburg City Hall. Plexiglass dividers have been added between council members chairs and work areas, Friday, July 24, 2020.
  7. The scene before the polls open for the St. Petersburg Primary Election at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave S, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  8. Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon
  9. The exterior of the Pinellas County Science Center in St. Petersburg seen on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.
  10. People listen while several organizers speak outside St. Petersburg City Hall ahead of a march in solidarity against racism and police brutality on Friday, April 16, 2021. About a hundred gathered in the name of Black people killed after encounters with police.
  11. Patrons sit in outdoor seating during dinner at Wild Child restaurant on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  12. La ex fiscal, abogada litigante y defensora del vecindario de Crescent Lake, Lisset Hanewicz, es candidata a la vacante del puesto del Concejo Municipal del Distrito 4 de St Petersburg.
  13. Former prosecutor and trial lawyer and Crescent Lake neighborhood advocate Lisset Hanewicz has filed for the District 4 St. Petersburg City Council seat being vacated by Darden Rice.
  14. Richmond “Richie” Floyd, is a 30-year-old former aerospace systems engineer and on-leave public school teacher.
  15. St. Petersburg Mayoral candidate Darden Rice smiles while greeting voters at Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th St S, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  16. Mayoral candidate Ken Welch addresses supporters gathered during an election-night watch party at Painting With a Twist. The race continues into November for a runoff between Welch and Robert Blackmon, Tuesday, August 24, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  17. Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon
  18. Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon will be in the runoff for St. Petersburg mayor.
  19. Public safety personnel in Tampa Bay, including police officers in Clearwater, come in close contact with the public on a day-to-day basis. Those agencies who could provide an estimate say the rates of COVID-19 vaccination among their employees are lower than in the local population as a whole.
  20. Poll workers disinfect the hand rails leading to the entrance in-between voters shortly after the doors opened for the St. Petersburg Primary Election at Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave S, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021 in St. Petersburg.
  21. Voters head to the polls as the doors open for the St. Petersburg Primary Election at Lake Vista Recreation Center Tuesday morning.
  22. St. Petersburg city officials suggested dividing up $45 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act proportionally among five categories that residents recently had a chance to rank in public workshops. Some City Council members said more funding should go toward affordable housing, the No. 1 ranked issue.
  23. St. Petersburg Mayor, Rick Kriseman unveiled the seven proposals under consideration for the redevelopment of the city's Tropicana Field site on Jan. 26.