ST. PETERSBURG — A state report places much of the blame for the city's 200-million gallon sewage spill crisis on the administration of Mayor Rick Kriseman.
The 7-page draft report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which was obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, does not name Kriseman or any of his staff. It also starts with the long view, blaming two decades of city leadership for setting the stage for St. Petersburg's massive sewage problems....
AARP Florida wants to educate St. Petersburg residents on Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker’s views on how to make the Sunshine City more livable.
The concept? A resident appears in a video to ask question for the next mayor on topics like affordable housing, civic participation and jobs.
The first resident in the video series “We asked, They answered” was asked by smiling, pleasant woman named “Arlene” who queried the candidates about affordable housing and public safety....
ST. PETERSBURG — The city has put the legal fallout from the sewage crisis behind it.
Last week, St. Petersburg officials learned that the criminal investigation into the crisis — the city dumped up to 200 million gallons of waste from 2015-16 — would not result in any city employees facing charges.
The St. Petersburg City Council is expected to approve a consent order later today that requires the city to spend $326 million on improving its sewer system.
That steep bill comes with a sweetener: no state criminal charges related to the city’s nearly two-year-old sewage crisis.
The city’s top litigator, Joseph Patner, emailed council members last week to inform them that he and City Attorney Jackie Kovilaritch met with state officials June 21 for about an hour. The city attorneys and state officials later had two phone conversations....
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayoral candidate Paul Congemi has made national news for a racial tirade at Tuesday’s mayoral forum when he told supporters of International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement-affiliated candidate Jesse Nevel to “go back to Africa.”...
ST. PETERSBURG — There were small revelations, but no explosive moments Tuesday in what might have been the last mayoral forum in which all six candidates on the ballot participate before the Aug. 29 primary.
Asked to answer "yes" or "no" if he would support police wearing body cameras, Mayor Rick Kriseman, who previously deferred to police Chief Tony Holloway on the contentious issue, said, simply, "no."...
By CHARLIE FRAGO
Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — In the narrative of the mayor’s race, the 2015 closure of the Albert Whitted sewage plant has been used to assign responsibility for the city’s two-year sewage crisis.
Former Mayor Rick Baker has repeatedly charged that the closure of the plant under the administration of his opponent, Mayor Rick Kriseman, in April 2015 directly led to the massive discharges and spills that started gushing out four months later....
ST. PETERSBURG — Another week, another mayoral forum.
So far, three standing-room only crowds have attended the first three mayoral forums. The first in late June, at Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist church was limited to Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker, who sparred over who has done more for Midtown, crime and policing and, of course, the city's two-year-old sewage crisis....
Vito Sheeley, a longtime political aide, announced Monday he intends to challenge State Rep. Wengay Newton in the Democratic primary in a move that can be seen as political wake from the St. Petersburg’s full-throttle mayoral battle.
A primary challenge for Newton in District 70, which covers parts of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota counties, wasn’t unexpected after the former St. Petersburg City Council member endorsed Republican Rick Baker for mayor....
With less than six weeks remaining before the Aug. 29 primary, former mayor Rick Baker has established a commanding fundraising lead of more than $230,000 over incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Kriseman, whose Sunrise political action committee started collecting money for his reelection in December 2015, has amassed $632,673 through the PAC and individual contributions after he formally announced in January....
The firefighters union has endorsed former mayor Rick Baker, saying he is “tough, but fair” in negotiations and better addresses the department’s needs than incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.
Rick Pauley, president of the St. Petersburg Association of Fire Fighters, told the Tampa Bay Times that Baker, who they endorsed twice in 2001 and 2005, made sure the department had what it needed in a “timely manner.”...
With mail ballots going out in a little more than two weeks, the campaigns of Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker have initiated mailer bombardments of Sunshine City voters.
Kriseman’s campaign sent two mailers to voters this week, both seeking to tie Baker to the city’s two-year sewage crisis.
It’s a response to Baker’s incessant hammering of the incumbent mayor on mishaps and communication miscues that have accompanied a historic amount of sewage spills, 200 million gallons since August 2015. Baker has also aired a television ad on Kriseman and sewage....
ST. PETERSBURG — Before the mayoral forum began Thursday, Pastor Clarence Williams urged a standing-room-only crowd to behave civilly.
"Be mindful of the rules and be mindful of your neighbors," Williams told the crowd of about 250 people in the worship hall at Greater Mount Zion AME Church in Midtown.
Unlike Monday's mayhem- filled debate at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, there were no long outbursts. This debate didn't end in a shoving match....
ST. PETERSBURG — A little more than a day after Mayor Rick Kriseman stood in front of a line of television cameras to tout the improvements at the Southwest sewage plant near Eckerd College, sewage spilled out of that very same plant.
Although the 50,000 gallon spill is small by recent summer standards, it has once again thrust the city's sewage crisis to the forefront of a bruising mayoral race....
ST. PETERSBURG— Former mayor Rick Baker says he wants to return to his old job because he fears the city's upward trajectory is in danger of plummeting because of reckless spending and poor management.
Baker took aim at his rival, incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman, during his visit Thursday with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board.