The decision by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman‘s administration to award the Callaloo Group to take over the historic Manhattan Casino last month was not exactly met with universal praise in the community – even amongst the mayor’s most fervent supporters in South St. Pete.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of the City Council had plenty of laudatory praise Thursday for their staff in handling Hurricane Irma’s impact on the city. The mayor even showed some love to Rick Scott.
Another sign of a return to normalcy iin the Tampa Bay region post Hurricane Irma’s arrival as a Category 1 storm: The two largest public transit agencies, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit agency (HART) and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), have returned to regular operations.
Electric power returned to Robles Park Village in East Tampa at 5:48 a.m. Thursday. Community activist Dianne Hart knows that was the exact time, because she was there with an ice truck that had just arrived. “The lights popped up as I was standing right there,” she said on Thursday afternoon while helping lead another public feeding on the surface of the basketball court of the public housing complex. “I was praising God, because I didn’t know how many days…
Right now, Bob Buckhorn is simply too busy to take stock. But in the next few weeks, after most of the cleanup efforts have been finished following Hurricane Irma’s blow Sunday night, Tampa’s mayor says there will be time to take stock of lessons learned for when another major storm makes its path toward the Bay area.
The cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg announced that they will open several community centers beginning Thursday to facilitate the application process for citizens applying to FEMA for financial assistance after being adversely impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Friday’s monthly Tampa Tiger Bay Club meeting is another casualty of the post-hurricane Irma environment. Organizers announced Thursday due to the impact that the storm has had on the community, they will reschedule the program slated for noon on Friday that was going to feature a debate on charter schools.