Since winning office in 2013, Foster wasted no time in making a name for herself. Almost immediately, she took one of her biggest campaign promises to the dais and began pushing for some of the city’s worst nuisance abatement offenders to close their doors.
The infamous Mosley Motel on 34th Street North near Fifth Avenue has long been the subject of frequent drug activity, abnormally high frequency of calls to the police, and prostitution. After racking up more than $40,000 in city fines, the property is at the tail end of foreclosure proceedings before finally closing its doors for good.
Another property, New Plaza Motel, was similarly troublesome in the city. Last June the city’s Nuisance Abatement Board ordered that property closed for a year to clean up its act.
Foster also earned a spot as the 2016 chairwoman of St. Pete City Council after being vice-chairwoman in 2015. She stood side-by-side with Mayor Rick Kriseman to announce the likely long-sought deal approval with the Tampa Bay Rays. As predicted, that deal passed City Council this year after more than a year of impasse.
Her rise to power isn’t just about her ability to get things done from the dais. She’s also a community leader. She heads the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation and recently adopted a coming-of-age foster child, setting a strong example of what adoption means to kids aging out of the system.
She’s also one of three openly gay council members.
Foster’s name isn’t likely to go away anytime soon, with talk of her as a possible mayoral candidate in the future. Working with this year’s vice chairwoman, local powerhouse Darden Rice, she’s likely to make 2016 a year for the history books in St. Pete.
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