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St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch discusses his first-term goals

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Dinorah Prevost
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WUSF Public Media
Host Matthew Peddie (left) talking with St. Pete mayor Ken Welch in Welch's office.

Florida Matters met with the mayor in his St. Pete City Hall office, where he discussed topics including the Rays and Tropicana Field redevelopment.

This week on Florida Matters, we talk with St. Petersburg mayor Ken Welch about his priorities for his first term.

We visited Welch at his office in City Hall for a conversation about the Tropicana redevelopment, affordable housing, transportation and other challenges facing the city.

When Tropicana Field was built — it erased the thriving Black neighborhood where the mayor grew up.

Businesses, churches and homes were uprooted in the second major disruption for the community after the construction of I-175.

An announcement on who will redevelop the site is expected at the end of this month.

Welch also told host Matthew Peddie about what he won’t compromise to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Pete.

You can listen to host Matthew Peddie's conversation with Welch by clicking on the “Listen” button above. Or you can listen on the WUSF app under “Programs & Podcasts.”

Hi there! I’m Dinorah Prevost and I’m the producer of Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show. That basically means that I plan, record and edit the interviews we feature on the show.
I am the host of WUSF’s weekly public affairs show Florida Matters, where I get to indulge my curiosity in people and explore the endlessly fascinating stories that connect this community.