Mayor Rick Kriseman is no stranger to tweaking President Donald Trump on social media.
In December 2015, Kriseman barred then-candidate Trump from St. Petersburg after Trump called for a total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States. That tweet went viral and landed the mayor on national television shows....
Hernando Sheriff's Office identifies bank robber killed after chase, places 7 deputies on administrative leave09/23/17Crime
Authorities have identified a bank robbery suspect fatally shot by Hernando County sheriff's deputies after a wild chase Friday in which the fleeing suspect rammed several patrol cars in Brooksville.
The suspect, Scott Michael Chamberlain, 44, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The name of the hospital and time of death were not given in a Hernando County Sheriff's Office news release Saturday....
The mayoral campaign, mostly operating in stealth mode during the two weeks of Hurricane Irma's build-up, arrival and recovery, has entered its stretch run, a compressed schedule of ten days before ballots are mailed to tens of thousands of voters in the Sunshine City.
On Friday, Rick Baker released the “Baker Plan” on his campaign website, which outlines the campaigns into five points familiar to most who paid attention during campaign up to the Aug. 29 primary: public safety, schools and education, jobs, neighborhoods and city services....
Mayor Rick Kriseman has proclaimed next week to be "'Burg Buy Local Week" in an appeal to residents to help small businesses struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma.
Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin presented the appeal to City Council at its Thursday meeting, saying the mayor has declared Sept. 24 though Oct. 1 as a week for residents to patronize local businesses.
Irma shut down businesses for several days, interrupting cash flow and placing may small businesses in peril, Tomalin said....
09/21/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council set the millage rate and gave initial approval to Mayor Rick Kriseman's $538 million budget at Thursday night's hearing.
The 6-2 vote advances Kriseman's fiscal blueprint to a final hearing Sept. 28 and the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Council members Jim Kennedy and Ed Montanari voted against the measure.
ST. PETERSBURG — Every crisis has a silver lining.
In the case of the city’s sewage crisis, which spawned state and federal investigations and led to a state consent decree ordering St. Petersburg to fix its sewer system, the upside is city leaders must satisfy the $810,000 civil penalty levied by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The high profile match between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker has cast a long shadow over other candidates and issues on the St. Petersburg residents' Nov. 7 ballot.
One of the campaigns pretty much flying below the radar is a referendum question asking voters to approve the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club’s plan to elevate eight tennis courts by one story to create space for 270 parking spaces underneath the garage on land behind the hotel....
09/20/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration has once again found itself defending its controversial choice of the Callaloo Group to open a "Floribbean" restaurant in the historic but currently empty Manhattan Casino.
ST. PETERSBURG— As the city recovers after spending two weeks dealing with Hurricane Irma, the campaigns of incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker are slowly ramping back up.
ST. PETERSBURG — Rick Baker and Rick Kriseman have insisted this week that after Hurricane Irma they’ve put politics on hold in their contentious race for mayor.
But when Baker, a former mayor, asked his boss, Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards to open a center to help people register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance on Wednesday, Kriseman supporters cried foul, saying Baker was trying to politicize a disaster....
The city opened two disaster relief centers Friday with a third slated to open next week.
The centers will be staffed by city workers to help residents apply to the Federal Emergency Management Administration for help in personal or business losses related to Hurricane Irma.
Residents should check the online FEMA checklist, www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/application-checklist to find out what the required information is for the application....
ST. PETERSBURG — A project that a developer labeled "an experiment in enlightened capitalism" got the green light from the City Council on Thursday. The Orange Belt Station project promises to bring a craft distillery and, perhaps, an alternative weekly newspaper to the Warehouse Arts District.
Former mayor Rick Baker, his current boss Bill Edwards and other Baker allies announced Wednesday that they are opening a FEMA Disaster Recovery Registration Center from 6-9 p.m.
Baker is running for mayor against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Volunteers will man the air-conditioned site at 6090 Central Ave. and assist residents registering for disaster relief. The site will also have limited phone charging stations....
Charging stations have been set up around Tampa Bay for residents to charge their phones and other devices during widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Irma.
The city has set up four charging stations for residents to charge their phones and other devices. The charging stations will be open until 6 p.m. Wednesday. They will open again on Thursday, though the city said it was still working out those hours. Look for updates on the City of St. Petersburg's Facebook page....
City Council member Karl Nurse thinks the exhaustive media coverage of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath has missed something: the hard work of city workers.
Crews have worked 12-hour shifts for days clearing debris and getting the city back into operating shape, Nurse said.
“They deserve an attaboy,” Nurse said. "You can't say thank you enough."
He has a neighbor who is a building inspector, but was called into work on recovery efforts, Nurse said....