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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is once again asking people to comply with the city’s mask ordinance.

During a Facebook Live video Tuesday, Kriseman said officials have visited more than a thousand businesses since last week and issued dozens of violations to businesses that have not required their employees to wear masks.

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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.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is continuing to ease restrictions related to the coronavirus, despite the state seeing record increases in new cases of COVID-19.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman responded with an order on Wednesday requiring workers inside city limits to wear a mask starting Friday at 5 p.m.

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The mayors of Tampa Bay's two largest cities are reacting to state Republican leaders floating the possibility that this summer's Republican National Convention could be coming to Florida.

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The opening of the St. Pete Pier has been delayed.

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.

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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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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he wants to avoid imposing a statewide lockdown because of the coronavirus, and leave it up to individual counties.

But St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is joining Tampa Mayor Jane Castor in saying a statewide, uniform order would better protect Floridians.

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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.

The mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater talked about how to grow as a region during a "State of the Bay" conversation hosted by the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club Thursday.

Climate change and transportation received a lot of attention while the future of the Tampa Bay Rays remains a mystery.


St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman says he’s prepared to redevelop the current Tropicana Field site once the Tampa Bay Rays’ lease expires in 2027.

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When it comes to Florida’s gun laws, there is a struggle happening between state and local governments.

The "preemption statute" that was originally passed in 1987 forbid local governments from passing gun control legislation. However, there were not harsh penalties for breaking the law.

But in 2011, the statute was changed to include punishments for local leaders who introduce gun legislation in their communities.

Those leaders face a $5,000 fine and potential removal from office.

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St. Petersburg’s downtown city skyline is dotted with the booms and jibs of cranes stretching toward the sun. The sight is a telling sign of the city’s rapid growth—a topic that’s caused much contention among long-time residents and independent business owners.

The city recently passed the Storefront Conservation Corridor Plan, a measure to preserve the look and feel of Beach Dr. and Central Ave.

Steven Currall makes a point to the USF Board of Trustees shortly before they voted to name him as USF's next President Mar. 22.
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When Steven Currall takes over for the retiring Judy Genshaft as president of the University of South Florida in July, he’ll be stepping into a school in transition.

In addition to the consolidation and re-accreditation of the three campuses, there are concerns about USF’s preeminent status, state funding and oversight, and the dozens of other issues a university president has to worry about.

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

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The tensions that have been seen in the past between Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater seem to have largely dissipated.

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St. Petersburg is one of 25 cities getting money to go green from philanthropist and rumored presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg.


The year 2018 is almost over, and Florida Matters is looking back at the stories that made headlines in our region this year.


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In 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law backed by the National Rifle Association that essentially stripped cities of their right to enact gun control regulations.

Seven years and a wave of political activism later, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joins ten Florida cities suing the state in hopes to overturn the legislation.

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Local governments in Florida can't regulate guns and city leaders who don’t abide by state law can face up to a $5,000 fine or removal from office.

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There's no timetable on when it would open, and no formal plan of what it would look like, but at least the Tampa Bay Rays have finally announced that they want to build their new ballpark on a 14-acre plot of land in Ybor City.

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A group of Tampa business leaders will hold a news conference Friday afternoon to unveil a plan to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to their city - and team ownership may be set to say Ybor City is their preferred location.

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This week on Florida Matters we visit the office of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to talk about his second term in office, which began about a month ago.


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The mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater laid out their priorities for 2018 at the State of the Bay discussion on Friday.

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Rick Kriseman's victory in the race for St. Petersburg Mayor is being portrayed by some as part of a Democratic wave that included winning the governor's post in two states. But will it have much of an impact on the political landscape in Florida? WUSF's Steve Newborn talks about that with veteran political reporter William March.

The differing views of St. Petersburg mayoral candidates were on display Tuesday night as Rick Kriseman and Rick Baker gathered with residents for a forum to discuss issues affecting the city.

The race for St. Petersburg mayor is technically non-partisan. But party politics may have been a factor in the razor-thin primary finish Tuesday night.

Did U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson really align himself with "communists and dictators" and support "murderers?" WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida about that claim, as well as whether St. Petersburg's mayor didn't refute a comment during a recent debate that blacks should "go back to Africa."


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The south side of St. Petersburg - best known among locals as "Midtown" -- is a predominantly African-American area with a high rate of poverty.

Outraged over President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdraw from the Paris Accords, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is vowing to take up the slack.

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