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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. From top left to bottom right: Gina Driscoll, Wengay Newton, Darden Rice, Clifford Hobbs III, Wendy Wesley, Ken Welch, Brandi Gabbard, Richie Floyd, Michael Ingram
  2. An issue related to the Tropicana Field redevelopment sparked a bitter conversation Thursday between City Council and the mayor.
  3. St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  4. Renderings from Orlando developer Unicorp National Developments show a reimagined vision of St. Petersburg's 87-acre Tropicana Field site, including new parks and retail areas built around an expanded Booker Creek. The design is by Zyscovich Architects; the rendering is by Imerza.
  5. Former Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch plans to announced Friday that he is running for mayor of St. Petersburg.
  6. St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice will file to run for mayor on Tuesday.
  7. The pier bait house was originally constructed on the 1926 Million Dollar Pier. It was removed in 2015 and placed into storage, where it remained until Mayor Rick Kriseman ordered it destroyed last week.
  8. St. Petersburg City Council declared on Thursday it recognizes Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will serve as president and vice president of the United States.
  9. Pelicans gather around Stefan Monojlovic, 13, of Clearwater where the Pier Bait House was on Friday, May 31, 2013. Monojlovic had come to the Pier Bait House, an attraction known for letting customers feed the Pelicans. Demolition of the hut, originally from the Million Dollar Pier, was ordered before a discussion this week on its fate.
  10. Local leaders are fighting to revitalize the Science Center of Pinellas County.
  11. Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe died Friday, according to Pinellas County Clerk and personal friend Ken Burke.
  12. Cracks are visible along the St. Pete Pier sidewalk.
  13. A round fired by Renardo Bucklon, 44, struck a Tampa Police Department ballistic shield.
  14. Trina Hoaks, 56, talks about the damage done to her home at Ranchero Village mobile home park.
  15. Five Bucks Drinkery has been cited four times by St. Petersburg officials for flouting local coronavirus rules. Only Five Bucks' neighbor, Ringside Cafe, with its five violations, has been cited more.
  16. "Badge of Justice," a concept from local artist Ya La'Ford, who was chosen by a committee to create artwork at the site of the old St. Petersburg police headquarters to honor the Courageous 12.
  17. A St. Petersburg police officer and another person were wounded in a shooting that took place Wednesday. Officers can be seen here gathering at the scene of the shooting at in the 1400 block of 18th Avenue S.
  18. A rendering of the headquarters and hotel UPC Insurance had proposed for downtown in St. Petersburg. The company backed away from the plans this fall.
  19. St. Petersburg City Council members Ed Montanari and Gina Driscoll were selected to be the 2021 chair and vice chair, respectively. Both held those positions in 2020.
  20. Members of the honor guard, who did not wish to be identified individually, but only as a unit, present the colors, during a Veteran's Day ceremony rescheduled due to Hurricane Eta's threat to the area in November, at Williams Park, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 in St. Petersburg.
  21. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman puts on his protective mask after announcing the Race to Safe Covid-19 program in the city, Monday, December 7, 2020.
  22. The deadline for developers to submit their visions for the 86-acre Tropicana Field site is Jan. 15.
  23. Commerce Park promised jobs that never materialized. On Thursday, St. Petersburg City Council agreed to sell a portion of the land, closing the book on the Commerce Park saga.