Josh Solomon - St. Petersburg City Hall Reporter

St. Petersburg City Hall Reporter

I cover the city of St. Petersburg — its residents, leaders and issues. The dramatics of Washington and Tallahassee often overshadow the work of local government, but City Hall is where the decisions are made that have the greatest impact on people’s daily lives. It’s my job to keep it interesting so more people stay engaged with their community. I’m also on the Tampa Bay Times’ hurricane team, and have been deployed to report on the aftermaths of three storms: Hermine in 2016, Irma in 2017 and Michael in 2018. I find serenity in following recipes, the more complicated the better. I’m a bourbon fan, an amatuer pizza critic and a Pinellas Trail bike rider. Otherwise I like watching YouTube and talking on the phone. I’m proudly from New Jersey, don’t @ me for it — or do, it won’t matter. I came to the Times in 2014 after graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

  1. Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is running for mayor of St. Petersburg.
  2. St. Petersburg City Council member and mayoral candidate Darden Rice.
  3. St. Petersburg City Council member Robert Blackmon
  4. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, and Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg, right.
  5. St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
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  7. Timothy Weeks, 46, was arrested Friday on charges of first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Tampa police.
  8. St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin is considering a run for Congress.
  9. Pete Boland, owner of St. Petersburg restaurants the Galley and Mary Margaret's Olde Irish Tavern, filed to run for mayor.
  10. Carol Foster, 83, died Sunday from injuries she suffered in a car accident. An accomplished pipe organist, she was a third generation St. Petersburg native and the mother of former Mayor Bill Foster.
  11. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Tuesday that he will not run for Congress.
  12. St. Petersburg City Council Chair Ed Montanari delivers remarks in support of continuing to work with the Rays to keep Major League Baseball in the city, during a press conference at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.
  13. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman selected Midtown Development and Sugar Hill Community Partners as the two finalists for the Tropicana Field redevelopment.
  14. St. Petersburg City Council Chair Ed Montanari says he'll hold a news conference on Tuesday to discuss the future of the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.
  15. St. Petersburg business leaders sent a letter to Rick Kriseman on Thursday imploring him to still work with the Tampa Bay Rays toward a stadium deal. The day before, Kriseman said he "can't negotiate" with Sternberg while the team's owner remains managing partner and shrouded in legal controversy.
  16. Signs popped up around Ybor City in 2019 in the area where the Tampa Bay Rays announced plans to build a stadium.  The team later scrapped the proposal. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
  17. Longtime Tampa Bay Times outdoors editor Terry Tomalin, who died in 2016, will be honored by a new campground in Boyd Hill Nature Preserve carrying his name.
  18. St. Petersburg City Hall.
  19. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, said on the radio Wednesday that he can't negotiate a stadium deal with Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg, right, because of the pending suit against Sternberg.
  20. El alcalde Rick Kriseman y altos funcionarios de la ciudad anunciaron el miércoles que St. Pete recibirá $45 millones.
  21. Mayor Rick Kriseman and senior city officials announced Wednesday that St. Petersburg will receive $45 million from the American Rescue Plan.
  22. First-term St. Petersburg City Council member Robert Blackmon filed to run for mayor on Tuesday.
  23. Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg is the subject of a lawsuit filed on Saturday by the team's minority owners.