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St. Petersburg Preservation hosting mayoral candidate forum on ‘keeping St. Pete special’

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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.

The discussion will focus on each candidate’s perspective as to what keeps St. Petersburg special and how to keep the city’s “sense of place” during this latest period of growth and change. Moderators are Dr. Gary Mormino, Professor Emeritus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and MFA Executive Director Kristen Shepherd.

According to the invite, SPP members will hear about city’s sense of place, which the group believes is grounded in four “cornerstones” — Historic Preservation; Locally-Owned, Independent Businesses; the Arts; and, Traditional Neighborhoods. Each candidate will be asked to give their thoughts and vision for the future.

SPP is calling for reservations from members through the event reservation link. Admission is limited to those who pre-registered for the event. Invitations and registration are nontransferable. Participants can submit questions by email.

While all questions will be considered, due to time constraints, SPP cannot guarantee all questions will be asked.

Founded in 1977, SPP advocates the preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of the city’s natural, scenic, historic, and architectural areas and structures.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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