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Four St. Petersburg City Council members announce support for Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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With the hire of a campaign manager earlier this week, Rick Kriseman‘s re-election campaign is in full swing, more than seven months before Election Day. Four members of the St. Petersburg City Council — Chair Darden Rice along with Lisa Wheeler-Bowman, Amy Foster and Charlie Gerdes — announced Wednesday that they are endorsing the mayor. “Councilmembers Rice, Wheeler-Bowman, Foster, and Gerdes have been great allies for progress on our city council,” Kriseman said in a statement. “I have worked closely with each…

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Police union endorses Rick Kriseman’s re-election

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The Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association and their members announced Monday they are endorsing St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman for re-election. “We are proud to support Mayor Kriseman, who has been a champion for the St. Petersburg police department,” said George Lofton, president of the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association. “Mayor Kriseman has shown steady leadership, and he’ll continue to fight for the resources the St. Petersburg Police Department needs to keep our officers and communities safe. Everything from the performance…

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St. Pete, Gulfport celebrate two cities, one street

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson will work together this Saturday to help clean up a street that’s common to both cities. After the cleanup, St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Holloway and Gulfport police Chief Rob Vincent will hold their own community event to discuss how the departments are collaborating on issues common to the 49th Street South corridor that both share. “This event brings residents from both great cities together to work collaboratively along the…

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St. Pete sewer system ready for TD 9, mayor says

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With memories of the effect Tropical Storm Colin had on St. Petersburg’s sewer system in June fresh in peoples’ minds, Mayor Rick Kriseman sought Tuesday to reassure residents the city is ready for Tropical Depression 9. “The city is prepared for this event,” Kriseman said. The sewer lines have been cleared, he said, and the capacity of the system has been increased. But residents also need to help out. Kriseman asked that residents refrain from using large quantities of water…

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Pinellas Sheriff, two police chiefs reiterate opposition to open carry

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and the chiefs of the county’s two largest cities said Wednesday they support the Second Amendment but oppose open carry gun laws. The problem, they said, comes in a crisis. If there’s one or more active shooters whom police are seeking, they’ll have a harder time telling the good guys from the bad if a lot of people have weapons. That’s especially true after the July 7 ambush killing of five Dallas police officers, St.…

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Rick Kriseman: ‘I’ll be damned if we’re going to let violence stop us’ from celebrating St. Pete Pride weekend

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and police Chief Anthony Holloway met with members of the community and media Thursday to reassure them that Pride weekend would go ahead as planned, but with a bit more security. The reassurances became necessary in the wake of Sunday’s shooting at the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and more than 50 wounded. Officials said they’d gotten many questions from people wondering if the June 25 Pride parade and the June…

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Melanie Bevan serves final day at St. Pete PD; heading to Bradenton to serve as top cop

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Friday was Assistant Chief Melanie Bevan’s final day with the St. Pete Police Department. Bevan announced last month she accepted the top spot with Bradenton Police as their chief. “Today will be my last Facebook post with St. Petersburg Police Department as I was recently named Chief of Police for the City of Bradenton,” Bevan wrote on her Facebook page. “I’d like to thank all who supported me throughout the years with SPPD.” Bevan had been considered for St. Pete…

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