Thursday, May 16, 2013
The $869K in approved funding, however, is only a partial approval of the $1.5 million the proposal was originally seeking.
The St. Petersburg City Council voted 5-3 Thursday to approve the next phase of funding for the "Lens" pier design for $869,000. That funding, however, was only a partial approval of an original funding request of $1.5 million for the proposal. The partial funding approved will cover things such as wind tunnel tests, caisson tests for the existing structure and costs related to permitting for demolition of the St. Petersburg Pier. Council members Steve Kornell, Leslie Curran, Jeff Danner, Bill Dudley and Jim Kennedy voted for the funding. "It's better for our community that we are supportive of the 'Lens', while also attempting to be fiscally responsible and spending the minimum amount of money to get the answers we need to educate our …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Results from a new phone survey by StPetePolls also asked voters about a hypothetical match-up for the mayor's race.
Approval ratings for St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster came in at 48.1 percent in the latest StPetePolls survey. That's down from 54.3 percent in December. According to the poll, the mayor's highest approval rating came in at 61.4 percent in May 2012. 1319 registered voters in St. Petersburg were questioned in this latest poll. They were asked about who they would vote for in a hypothetical match-up for this year's race for mayor. When asked, "Who would you vote for: Leslie Curran, Jeff Danner, Bill Foster or Rick Kriseman?" The poll reflected the following answers: Among other questions in this poll, voters were asked about buses at Williams Park and red light cameras in St. Pete. When asked, "Do you think that the downtown bus hub should …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Results from a new phone survey, which was released last week, also said approval ratings for red light cameras rebounded slightly.
Approval ratings for St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster came in at 49.1 percent in StPetePolls survey from last week. That's down from 54.3 percent in December. According to the unscientific poll, the mayor's highest approval rating came in at 61.4 percent in May 2012. "The Mayor and City Council both saw their approval ratings drop to their lowest levels ever in our polling," according to StPetePolls General Survey Results for February 2013. St. Petersburg City Council received an approval rating of 38.3 percent compared to 44.5 in December. Nearly 70 percent of the 1,729 respondents said a candidate's position on the Pier will be an important factor in who they vote for. When asked, "Do you think the city should put the question of whether…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Chow down on a Southern breakfast this morning, starting at 7 a.m.
St. Petersburg residents are invited to drop in for a real Southern breakfast along with a side of informal conversation when Breakfast With the Mayor visits Manna From Heaven, 1789 34th St. S., Wednesday. Residents are invited to share what's on their mind with Mayor Foster as they support the restaurant with a breakfast purchase. Breakfast With the Mayor begins at 7 a.m.
Friday, September 14, 2012
On Thursday night, city council voted to not go forward with the controversial fire readiness fee. Instead, council approved a millage increase.
The fire tax, or so-called fire readiness fee, will not be part of St. Pete's fiscal year 2013 budget. On Thursday night, city council voted 6-2 to strike down the fire tax that would have generated nearly $10 million in annual revenue for the city. Instead, council shifted its focus to balancing the budget by increasing the millage rate. What that millage rate will eventually be and what the budget is, is still up in the air despite a 7-1 vote by council Thursday to adopt a 6.7742 millage rate. "I anticipate that coming down," said Mayor Bill Foster of the millage rate for his $472 million 2013 budget. In order to move discussions along — the council met for nearly five hours on the budget Thursday night — councilors approved the …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Mayor Bill Foster wrote a letter on Friday, Aug. 31, to the residents of St. Petersburg.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
By Mayor Bill Foster It's been less than 24 hours since the Republican National Convention drew to a close. By all accounts, St. Petersburg and the entire Bay Area successfully showcased the beauty and vitality of our community and shined in an international spotlight. I'd like to clarify an article running in today's Tampa Bay Times. In no way will St. Petersburg residents foot the bill for expenses related to the welcome party and security expenses in and around Tropicana Field. The city's agreement with Tampa will ensure that St. Petersburg is reimbursed for all security-related staffing for all events, both here and in Tampa, from August 25 to 30. The city has a system in place to recover any eligible expenses related to the RNC in the…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The unscientific poll, which was released last week, also said that residents have an unfavorable opinion of City Council and red light cameras.
Results from a new phone survey by StPetePolls show that St. Petersburg residents support marijuana decriminalization, Mayor Bill Foster and digital billboards. The unscientific poll, released last week, also said that residents have an unfavorable opinion of City Council and red light cameras. Nearly 70 percent of the 2,750 respondents support "making the possession of small amounts of marijuana a non-criminal offense, if it would free up police resources and raise money for the city." While Foster's approval rating is still favorable at 57.8 percent, it fell since the last poll was released in May. Foster's approval rating was at 49.7 percent in December, and results from the May poll had Foster's approval rating at 61.4 percent. Other…
Monday, October 3, 2011
A Florida Gators game and the Tampa Bay Rays' playoff competition kept away many fans.
With temperatures in the 70s and a cool breeze blowing in off the Bay, the conditions were ideal for an evening of watching playoff soccer. Unfortunately the home team couldn’t oblige the fans with a victory, as FC Tampa Bay dropped a 1-0 decision to NSC Minnesota in the NASL quarterfinals on Saturday night, putting an end to the soccer club’s first season in downtown St. Pete. “It’s heartbreaking that they lost, but they played so hard all year long,” longtime fan Mary Karnstedt of New Port Richey said. “Next year we’re gonna go all the way.” According to Mayor Bill Foster the size of the crowd, announced at just over 3,000 but apparently less, could have been affected by the fact that the Tampa Bay Rays were engaged in a playoff game in …
Monday, August 22, 2011
The loss disappointed, but fans saw two stunning events: the Mayor in a celeb match and a super rainbow stretched over the stadium.
ST. PETERSBURG – A couple of months ago, with his team in the midst of a mediocre start to the season, FC Tampa Bay head coach Ricky Hill told his squad he wanted them to try and go unbeaten through the end of August. “We set a target 16 games ago to try and go unbeaten for the next 16 games,” Hill said after practice on Friday. “Whether it was lighthearted or tongue-in-cheek…it was something for the players to look at and say, ‘can we, can we?’” While his team didn’t quite pull off that lofty goal, it did execute a remarkable turnaround that vaulted it into third place in the NASL standings. After starting the season with three wins, five ties and five losses in the first three months, FC Tampa Bay went on a 6-2-1 streak heading into …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
British-born racer, on stage with wife and young son, calls his adopted hometown 'paradise.' He tells the crowd of adoring fans: 'Thank you for making this feel like home.'
ST. PETERSBURG - Dan Wheldon wasn’t able to drive in his hometown race, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, this year because he did not have a car sponsor until a couple of weeks ago. When he finally did gain sponsorship, from Bryan Herta Autosports, he made it count by winning his second Indy 500 in dramatic fashion, snatching victory on the final lap, after J.R. Hildebrand crashed in the final turn. Quick coordination, confidence and not crushing under pressure were just some of the skills Wheldon exhibited in that dramatic race. On Tuesday, city and race officials honored the champion with a victory party at Jannus Live, where Wheldon was presented with gifts, accolades and a proclamation declaring June 7, 2011 as Dan Wheldon Day…