07/21/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Eritha "Akile" Cainion has been one of the most vocal candidates among the crowded field running for the District 6 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.
She has garnered widespread attention for her loud, staccato-style declarations at candidate forums.
"I'm not angry," she said once. "I'm mad as hell."
The candidate is a member of the International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement, a St. Petersburg-based organization that advocates for social justice for African-Americans....
07/20/17 Local Government
Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — James Scott's central tenet is sustainability.
He told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Monday that his "vision" for St. Petersburg is to build on its reputation as "Florida's first green city."
Sometime in the future, he could see some of downtown's streets being shut down and filled with green space broken only by sidewalks....
07/20/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — As a child, businessman and philanthropist Tom James loved cowboy movies, an affinity that would later play out in a vast collection of Western art amassed over the years with his wife, Mary.
In a few months, the couple will open the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in the heart of St. Petersburg's downtown, blocks from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dalí Museum and the planned Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement....
07/19/17 Local Government
Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — Corey Givens Jr. delivers his pronouncements with the confidence and cadence of a preacher.
As a candidate for the City Council District 6 seat, he speaks about his concern for the environment and the importance of engaging fellow African-Americans on the issue. He was brought up by a single mother, he said, and that's the reason affordable housing is important to him. He's in favor of economic development that produces meaningful jobs....
07/17/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — James "Jim" Jackson says he has knocked on more than a thousand doors in his campaign for the District 6 City Council seat.
"That's where you hear the issues," he told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Friday.
Jackson, 72, said he's learned what people care about. It's mostly about what's happening in their own neighborhoods relating to city services and petty crime....
07/14/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Of the eight candidates vying for the City Council District 6 seat, Gina Driscoll has managed to nab the endorsement of the man she could succeed.
Council member Karl Nurse, who is prevented from running again because of term limits, this week endorsed Driscoll, 46, for the seat he will vacate later this year.
Thursday Driscoll told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board that it means a lot to get Nurse's support....
07/13/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Robert Blackmon is big on the saving the environment, a history buff and a real estate investor believes the poor and unskilled should be trained to benefit from the city's building boom.
Those were just some of the issues the candidate for the District 6 seat on the City Council discussed Wednesday during a meeting with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board. District 6 includes downtown and parts of Midtown and Old Northeast....
ST. PETERSBURG — Since returning five years ago to the city where he had spent much of his life growing up, Justin Bean has moved purposefully among St. Petersburg's organizations and leaders.
"I immediately started looking at how I could get involved," Bean told the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Tuesday. He is one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat....
ST. PETERSBURG — Maria Scruggs, one of eight candidates running for the City Council District 6 seat, joked that she's the grandmother of the group of younger rivals, with one exception.
Scruggs, 59, who spoke to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Monday, said she would bring preparation and experience to the race along with a track record of getting things done. ...
ST. PETERSBURG – The eight candidates for the District 6 City Council seat tried to outdo each other Thursday night during a well-attended forum at one of St. Petersburg's prominent African-American churches.
It would have been a civil gathering but for the supporters of Eritha "Akile" Cainion, 20. Their whooping and cheering at times even drowned out their candidate's aggressive deliveries. ...
07/05/17 Local Government
Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — Get ready for the hubbub of yet more downtown construction.
Structural work starts this week on the new pier, beginning with replacement of the almost century-old pilings that supported its 1926 and 1973 predecessors.
Trucks carrying concrete and reinforcing steel will rumble from Interstate 275 to the project's Second Avenue NE epicenter. Barges will haul pilings from Tampa. And the real clamor will begin with the driving of 425 piles for the pier platform into Tampa Bay....
06/28/17 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG —Three years ago, with the now demolished inverted pyramid still standing stubbornly in the background, Mayor Rick Kriseman laid out a plan to replace or renovate the iconic pier.
He'd do so by 2017, he told the crowd, and within a $46 million budget.
Fast forward to Wednesday: Kriseman again stood along the downtown waterfront, but everything around him had changed....
06/28/17 Local Government
A standing-room-only crowd packed a Midtown church banquet hall Tuesday to witness the first face-off between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker in what is a watershed mayoral contest in the city's history.
Church fans were passed out as hundreds of people pressed into the room at Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church and the temperatures climbed. And that was before the forum began....
06/20/17 Economic Development
ST. PETERSBURG — A Coral Gables developer has unveiled the $55 million phase of its multimillion-dollar plans for the edge of Historic Kenwood.
Altis Cardinal, which bought and upgraded the Skyline Fifth apartments in the neighborhood several years ago, says it will build a four-story retail and self-storage facility on the site of the old Mosley Motel, convert a six-story office building into loft apartments and add dozens more units on a former commercial site....
06/16/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Baby in tow, Ariana Turner followed her boyfriend to Florida about 20 months ago to chase dreams of a better life.
They never found it. He ended up out of work. They wore out their welcome at his aunt's. They went their separate ways.
Last month, Turner and her daughter, Namine, now 2, found themselves homeless.
They ended up at a shelter run by the St. Petersburg Free Clinic....