Earlier start time to ‘Mayor’s Night Out’ designed to encourage more citizen input

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St. Petersburg residents are invited to help get 2012 off to a positive start during the year’s first Mayor’s Night Out’ on Thursday, January 12.  Thursday evening’s program will be held at J.W. Cate Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N., beginning at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than in previous years. Mayor Foster is hopeful the earlier start time will encourage more citizen participation.

The popular program, now in its third year, allows residents easier access to the mayor and city staff by bringing City Hall to the neighborhoods. Residents are encouraged to ask questions as well as share concerns and ideas one-on-one with the mayor and staff from city departments.

Mayor’s Night Out’ is held in each of St. Petersburg’s eight council districts from January through April and August through September this year, beginning at 6 p.m.  Residents are invited to attend as many, or as few, dates as their schedule allows. Dates and locations of upcoming Mayor’s Night Out’ forums are:

Thursday, February 8          Willis S. Johns Center, 6635 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N.
Thursday, March 8                Shore Acres Center, 4230 Shore Acres Blvd. N.
Thursday, April 12                Roberts Recreation Center, 124650th Ave. N.
Thursday, August 9              Bay Vista Center, 7000 Fourth St. S.
Thursday, September 13    Campbell Park Center, 60114th St. S.
Thursday, October 11          Childs Park Center, 430113th Ave. S.
Thursday, November 1       Gladden Park Center, 390130th Ave. N.

For those who can’t make the evening forums, residents are invited to Breakfast With the Mayor’ at a local restaurant on the fourth Wednesday monthly beginning at 7 a.m.  This month, Mayor Foster hosts Breakfast’ at Steak n Shake, 8101 Dr. M.L. King St. N. on January 25.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.