First came a shameful article in the December issue of Men’s Health Magazine making fun of people who take anti-depressants while calling St. Petersburg the saddest city in the United States. Then in January, 2012 CNBC labeled St. Petersburg the most stressed city in the United States. On February 2 Steve Kornell will ask his colleagues on the St. Petersburg City Council to ask the city’s legal department to draft a letter to the two media outlets pointing out the inaccuracies of their stories.
“It is difficult to believe that the authors of these two stories have spent even a single day in St. Petersburg researching these stories”, Kornell said.
Kornell points to St. Petersburg’s thriving arts scene as one sign of a vibrant, happy city. American Style Magazine has deemed St. Petersburg the number one arts destination among mid-sized cities two years in a row. It is the home of the only Museum dedicated to the works of Salvador Dali in the entire United States. There is another Museum dedicated to Dale Chihuly, and a district full of empty warehouses that is being rejuvenated by artists such as glass artist Duncan McClellan.
While it’s number one industry is still tourism, St. Petersburg is working to diversify its economy. It is now the leading city for marine science research in the entire southeastern United States, with over one thousand marine scientists housed in downtown St. Petersburg.
There is also the weather, and world class beaches. “St. Petersburg’s beautiful weather allows us to be out doors year round. Our white sandy beaches are packed, even in December, January and February”.
Kornell urges these two media outlets to print a more full picture of what St. Petersburg is really like. “I am certain that when they see the information we have about St. Petersburg, they will want to correct their stories”, Kornell said.