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The state of New York is sending the city of St. Petersburg some COVID-19 relief, it was announced Wednesday during a conference call.

Black Lives Matter protesters sit in a large circle, blocking a busy intersection in St. Petersburg.
Will Simota / St. Pete Peace Protest

Following more than 400 complaints from city residents, protesters in St. Petersburg will now be issued citations for blocking traffic.

Rick Kriseman speaking from the podium
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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday warned that the city might need to take additional action if the recent surge in coronavirus cases in Pinellas County doesn’t ease.

Janet Eckelman sculpture at the Pier District in St. Petersburg
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It’s taken two years and held up by the coronavirus pandemic, but St. Petersburg residents will finally get their first official glimpse of the revitalized Pier District on the city’s waterfront.

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After numerous delays, the St. Pete Pier in St. Petersburg has a new scheduled reopening date.

In a statement, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced it will now open on July 6 at 5 p.m.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor  Rick Kriseman
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The leaders of Tampa and St. Petersburg  spoke to each other - and their communities - during a Facebook Live video Monday afternoon.

Welcome mat with the text  "Fighting Chance Fund" overlaid
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The City of St. Petersburg announced a $6.8 million grant program for local businesses designed to help small business owners and employees get through the economic impact of stay-at-home orders.

The Fighting Chance Fund will provide $5,000 grants for local businesses, while employees who have been laid-off or furloughed during the pandemic may receive up to $500 in aid.

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Effective immediately, St. Petersburg is restricting both public and private gatherings to 50 people and will limit late alcohol sales at bars and restaurants in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Billboard and parking garage of Raymond James Stadium
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With 18 cases confirmed in Florida, COVID-19 is beginning to impact major events statewide. Miami cancelled the Ultra Music Festival in response and other large gatherings are also being scrapped.

Man and woman speaking on stage
Delaney Brown / WUSF Public Media

When it comes to affordable housing, public transportation and baseball’s future in the region, the mayors of the Tampa Bay Area's two largest cities are in agreement - for the most part.

Housing, office and retail space, and downtown parking are targeted for the site of the former St. Petersburg police headquarters.

St. Petersburg has been plagued by sewage spills since 2015, and now, part of the solution has some residents nervous that they might have to spend thousands to fix sewer pipes on their property.

A rendering of the St. Pete Pier
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The highly anticipated St. Pete Pier is scheduled to open this fall, and among the many attractions planned is Tampa Bay Watch’s 3,000-square-foot Discovery Center.

Downtown St. Petersburg will be the new home for the interactive exhibition and education center, where visitors will come face-to-face with some of the area’s native aquatic life.

Aerial view of downtown St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg developers and preservationists on Thursday debated how the city might balance its rapid development with the preservation of its charm and history.

Mayor Rick Kriseman delivers State of the City address at Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg.
Ashley Lisenby | WUSF

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman left several controversial issues out of his State of the City address over the weekend at Palladium Theater.

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

The fourth annual SHINE Mural Festival is back in St. Petersburg until Sunday. The event invites artists from all over the world to add more art around the downtown area. 

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The city of St. Petersburg on Tuesday reported a data breach that could impact thousands of their customers. The breach took place between August 11 and September 25. More than 28,000 customers may have been affected.

City of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg’s City Council voted down plans to move forward with the location of artist Janet Echelman’s net sculpture on Thursday by a 4-3 vote. The council plans to reassess another location for the large mesh artwork so it can still be part of the new Pier District.

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On this week's podcast, we carry forward the conversation started at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs about the connection between  international tourism and arts and culture in St. Petersburg. We hear about the Tampa airport's importance to the effort, and WUSF News Director Mary Shedden talks to Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham and producer Stephanie Colombini about the three new museums coming on line in St. Petersburg. Also, the meaning of "City of Green Benches" is explained.

 

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The Tampa Bay Rays are celebrating two decades of baseball this upcoming season, and the team is embracing its past while thinking positively about the future.

On Wednesday, Rays leaders touted a new 20th anniversary logo and other plans to celebrate the occasion. But absent was mention of the team’s future in St. Petersburg, the loss of star players like Evan Longoria, and poor fan attendance.

Mary Shedden/WUSF

Just a few months ago, less than 100 votes separated the two candidates in the race to be mayor of St. Petersburg.

That wasn't the case Tuesday night, as incumbent Rick Kriseman beat former mayor Rick Baker by more than 2,000 votes. 

Julio Ochoa / Health News Florida

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe announced Friday he won't press charges against the city of St. Petersburg.

The decision came after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's investigation into the city's sewage discharges of 2015 and 2016.

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As monster Hurricane Irma buzz-sawed its way up Florida's Gulf Coast, it looked for several hours like the heavily populated Tampa Bay area could face catastrophic wind damage and flooding from the first major storm to roar ashore there in 96 years.

A state investigation into St. Petersburg's sewage spills places much of the blame on the decision to close the Albert Whitted wastewater treatment facility.

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman gave his annual State of the City address over the weekend, addressing challenges including the release of more than 100 million gallons of sewage into Tampa Bay and onto the city's streets this past summer.

St. Petersburg To Become First Green City

Dec 11, 2016
Sierra Club

The city of St. Petersburg will become the first city in Florida to completely transition to clean and renewable energy.

The city council voted unanimously on the decision which would generate electricity and power from sustainable sources like wind, water or solar with little to no pollution.

Mayor Rick Kriseman said was happy that his city was the first to do this and hopes other Florida cities do the same.

Mark Schreiner / WUSF 89.7 News

  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.

St. Petersburg Police Department

St. Petersburg police are still trying to sort out how a local teen got a loaded handgun and ended up shooting a police officer and rattling the department.

St. Petersburg Police Office Michael Cordiviola is recovering at Bayfront Medical Center after being shot in the leg on Sunday. Two other officers at the scene, Matthew Enhoffer and Brian Lynch,  were not injured.

St. Petersburg Police Chief  Holloway said  the wounded officer’s training kicked in and he used a nearby garden hose as a tourniquet until medical help could arrive.

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International Baseball will make its return to St. Petersburg this Friday for its fifth season. 

Mayor Rick Kriseman held a news conference Tuesday afternoon with Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld and representatives from the Canadian Junior National Team and All Stars from the Puerto Rican Development Program to announce the 2015 schedule of St. Petersburg International Baseball

A new legislative proposal by Florida Sen.  Jeff Brandes would place greater restrictions on how cities use red-light cameras.

The St. Petersburg Republican, who has been an outspoken critic of the use of the cameras, says they are being used to fill city and county coffers, not improve public safety.

“We’re bringing in 100 million dollars a year,  and we can’t look our constituents in the eye and tell them we’re making them any safer, ”he said. “And I think that - that deeply troubles me. It deeply, deeply troubles me,” he said.

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