Rick Kriseman

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Surrounded by a crowd of about a hundred spectators, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman lowered the American flag outside City Hall.

He then re-raised it, with a new rainbow flag adorning the rope just beneath it.

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Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has filed to enter the race for his old job against incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman.

Baker, who served as the city's mayor from 2001 to 2010, filed paperwork with the city clerk’s office Monday morning for a race that officially is non-partisan.

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  If you drive through the Unity Park area of St. Petersburg, maybe looking for parking for Tropicana Field, you’ve probably seen Faith House Florida - a collection of four brightly colored apartment houses and a garden on 15th Street North.

What makes Faith House stand out in the oak canopy lined neighborhood, surrounded by single family homes, is that it’s a structured residential program for people battling substance abuse issues, recently released prison inmates and homeless people.

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Chelsea Clinton held a get out the vote rally in downtown St. Petersburg Friday afternoon in support of her mother and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

At the intimate event at the local coffee shop (swah-rey), Clinton set her event apart from other recent Tampa Bay political rallies by sitting on stage and speaking to the crowd in a conservational tone.

She told the roughly 100 people at the event about her mother's ability to work with Republican's to pass key legislation.

Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club hosted the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa Friday morning at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for a discussion of the “State of the Bay.”

A major theme of the discussion was the strength of the Tampa Bay region, and partnership over competition on planning, economic and transportation issues.

Just days after a City Council election that may signal a shift with the way St. Petersburg deals with the Tampa Bay Rays, Mayor Rick Kriseman sat down Friday with representatives of the team. It was the second meeting in a little over a week between the two sides, which are trying to figure out ways for the Rays to look for a new stadium site. This time, according to the Tampa Bay Times, the meeting was "cordial."

Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have turned down the the city of St. Petersburg's proposal that would allow the team out of its Tropicana Field lease for an exit fee.

The arrangement would have let the team look outside the city to build a new stadium before its contract ends in 2027.

In exchange, the Rays would have had to pay $33 million if it left in 2020 for Hillsborough County, $16.5 for another site in Pinellas County, and nothing if it built elsewhere in the city.

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By the end of the week, the Tampa Bay Rays may be able to look for a new stadium site in Hillsborough County, thanks to a tentative deal reached with the city of St. Petersburg.

Mayor Rick Kriseman will talk about the agreement (which you can read through the slideshow above) he reached with the team at a 10 a.m. news conference today at Tropicana Field. The issue will likely be taken up by the St. Pete City Council at its meeting Thursday.

Fact-Checking Kriseman On His Pier Promises

May 21, 2014

When Rick Kriseman was running for Mayor of St. Petersburg, he made a number of promises about resolving the future of the St. Pete Pier.

A referendum had stopped the proposed building of a design called "The Lens" -- with left the iconic inverted pyramid a fenced in shell of itself.

Among other things, Kriseman promised a new pier would be opened by the end of 2015.

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Florida Matters host Carson Cooper literally took your questions with him when he sat down this morning with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman at City Hall to talk about the mayor's first 100 days in office.

For an upcoming Florida Matters, we gathered your questions and comments for the mayor, loaded the audio files on a laptop and played them for the mayor during the interview. 

It has been about 100 days since Rick Kriseman was sworn in as mayor of St. Petersburg.   For an upcoming Florida Matters, we will sit down with the mayor to talk about his first few months in office.   We want to know what questions you think we should ask. Post a comment, send an email to FloridaMatters@wusf.org or call and leave us a voicemail  at 813-974-8652.  

St. Petersburg is getting a new mayor. 

And so is Lakeland. 

Incumbent Bill Foster conceded in his quest for re-election, and has become a one-term mayor. The new mayor - Rick Kriseman, who captured 56 percent of the vote, to 44 percent for Foster.

In his concession speech, Foster said he's not upset at the will of the voters.

"Disappointed yes, but upset, no," he said, "because God's got some incredible things for me, for my wife, for my daughter, for my son and for the city of St. Petersburg."

A new poll commissioned in part by WUSF shows a sharp turnaround is brewing in the race for St. Petersburg mayor. And the political future of St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster may be on the line on Election Day.

Steve Newborn / WUSF

The two remaining candidates for St. Petersburg mayor will square off tonight for the first of what is likely to be many debates.

St. Petersburg Police Department

After over 30 years with the Saint Petersburg Police Department, including the last 11 as Chief, Chuck Harmon announced his intention Wednesday to retire on January 6th, 2014, over a year earlier than expected. Mayor Bill Foster told the Tampa Bay Times that he was surprised by the announcement.