This is My City: St. Pete Stories

On October 13, the City of St. Petersburg, in partnership with Your Real Stories, Communications Research Enterprises, LLC., and Competency & Performance Solutions presented the last in the series entitle This is My City: St. Pete Stories.

Featured stories recorded at Sunken Gardens for this episode included Mrs. Catherine Weaver's Story, Mr. Willie Rogers' Story, Mrs. Myrtle Williams' Story, and Ms. Marika Robinson's Story.

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Public Highlights for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and the Sunshine City
October 24 through October 31, 2015

Saturday, October 24 9:00 am  Out of the Darkness Walk
South Straub Park
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Saturday, October 24, 9:00 am  Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech
Flora Wylie Park
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Saturday, October 24, 3:00 pm (gates open)  Mayor Kriseman, 95.7 Beats by the Bay, Vinoy Park
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Sunday, October 25, 12:00 pm  
Localicious Eat LOCAL Drink LOCAL
Various location
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Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 pm  It's Time to Talk About It
Bridgepoint Church
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Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 am  Mayor Kriseman, Kahwa Drive Thru Grand Opening

Wednesday, October 28, 5:30 pm  Deputy Mayor Tomalin, Museum of Fine Arts 50th Anniversary Reception

Thursday, October 29, 12:00 pm  Mayor Kriseman, Bridges Leadership Power Luncheon

Thursday, October 29,  7:00 pm 
Mayor Kriseman, Movies in the Park

Friday, October 30, 11:30 am 
Mayor Kriseman, Broadwater Apartments Grand Opening and Dedication

Friday, October 30, 4:00 pm 
Mayor Kriseman & Deputy Mayor Tomalin, Ribbon Cutting, Chiefs Creole Cafe

Friday, October 30, 8:00 pm  Chris Cornell, Acoustic
Mahaffey Theater
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Saturday, October 31, 1:00 pm  Mayor Kriseman, World's Largest Food Truck Rally
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Saturday, October 31,
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, Nov. 1, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
SPIFFS 41st Annual International Folk Fair, Vinoy Park
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In The Media
Monday, October 19
Tampa Tribune: Tampa-area leaders in Toronto to talk trade, tourism, filmmaking 
More than 70 regional business leaders are in Toronto this week working to grow exports to Canada, develop more commercial business relationships there and gain an understanding of what it takes to become a premier location for filmmaking.

Tuesday, October 20
Nonprofit Quarterly: A Strategy for Tying Down an Arts Endowment in St. Petersburg     

In considering how to spend $6.5 million in BP settlement money, the mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, Rick Kriseman, is considering placing $1 million in an arts endowment for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. The endowment would add an approximate $40,000 a year to the $1 million in arts grants currently being awarded by the city.

TB Rays
Wednesday, October 21
Tampa Tribune Editorial: St. Pete City Council down to its last out on Rays stadium deal

The stalemate over the Tampa Bay Rays' search for a new stadium site is expected to be front and center on Thursday when St. Petersburg City Council considers alternate plans for allowing the team to look across the region.

This time around, proposals by council members Charlie Gerdes and Jim Kennedy are being considered. Though presented in good faith, each would penalize the Rays more in the short term but run the risk of losing the team and the benefits it generates in the long run.
Thursday, October 22
Creative Loafing: St. Pete Council seems cool with Pier process so far 

Today a St. Pete City Council committee got an update from the team behind Pier Park, which is replacing the once-iconic inverted pyramid that's now being dismantled.

It was a surprisingly short meeting in which the team that's designing and building Pier Park gave an overview of the project and passed around a neat little 3D-printed model of the structure that will go up at the pier head, around where what's left of the inverted pyramid stands.
Thursday, October 22
Tampa Tribune Letter of the Day: Hands across the water 

Three cheers for Mayor Rick Kriseman's initiative to test the market for Tampa Bay ferry service. For too long the great cities of Tampa and St Petersburg have been divided by a common body of water.

The vision is clear: ferry service that makes the trip from St. Pete to Tampa fun; that takes cars off our congested highways; that saves time and aggravation for commuters; that takes us to ballgames, museums, concerts, the theater and other public events; that helps our tourists shuttle between all of the attractions within the Tampa Bay region; that reduces the isolation of our South Hillsborough County residents; and that one day may connect us to Key West, New Orleans or even Cuba.
Thursday, October 22
Tampa Bay Times: Developers give St. Petersburg options for 22nd Street South 
An affordable housing community, motorcycle sales and service complex or small business enclave could be going up early next year on 14 city-owned acres on 22nd Street S. Four developers have submitted proposals to the city to either buy or lease the land and build something that will create jobs.

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Thursday, October 22
Tampa Bay Times Editorial: Council vote won't end Rays stadium stalemate 
Once again, the St. Petersburg City Council has sent exactly the wrong signal and further jeopardized the future of Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay. It voted Thursday for the most expensive proposal to let the Rays look for a new stadium site in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, virtually ensuring the Rays will reject it and prolonging the stalemate. St. Petersburg voters should send a strong message in less than two weeks by electing at least one new council member who would break the deadlock.

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Friday, October 23
Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Bay political and economic officials tout Canadian trade mission  
Canadians don't make a distinction between Tampa and St. Petersburg.

That was the message Friday from Tampa Bay political and economic development officials who just returned from a large trade mission to Toronto to build business ties north of the border. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said the two sides of the bay need to cooperate to boost business regionally.

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City of St. Petersburg
175 5th Street North 
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 
Phone: 727-893-7201