St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel is organizing a “major public event” this week in response to racially charged statements made by fellow candidate Paul Congemi.
Ed Hooper received two key law enforcement endorsements, as both the Florida Police Benevolent Association and Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association are supporting his bid for Florida Senate. Hooper, a retired fire Lieutenant who served on the Clearwater City Council before spending eight years in the Florida House, is seeking to replace term-limited Republican Sen. Jack Latvala in Senate District 16.
St. Pete City Council member Karl Nurse is endorsing Rick Kriseman for re-election as mayor. Nurse, term-limited from running again, has served on the Council for nearly a decade, first elected in 2008.
Former St. Petersburg City Council Chair Bill Dudley is endorsing Justin Bean for the District 6 seat. The former teacher, coach and two-term council member released a statement Friday calling Bean a “true civic leader.”
Gov. Rick Scott announced eight appointments and reappointments this week to a variety of Florida judicial, state boards, and commissions.
St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) is hosting a discussion next month about “Keeping St. Petersburg Special,” featuring the city’s two leading mayoral candidates. The forum — with former two-term Mayor Rick Baker and incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman — is Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the Museum of Fine Arts Marly Room, 255 Beach Dr., NE in downtown St. Petersburg. Reception begins 5:30 p.m.; forum is from 6 — 8 p.m.
For the seventh year in a row, the exclusive Innisbrook golf resort in Palm Harbor is contesting a ‘defective’ Pinellas County tax assessment, part of a battle waged on and off since 1998. Innisbrook is now owned by Virginia-based Salamander Hotels & Resorts, which was founded by Black Entertainment Television co-founder Sheila Johnson. Salamander purchased the resort in 2007, reportedly for $35-million, from Golf Trust, which had taken over the property from Golf Host Resorts.