Get ready. Mail in Ballots start going out this week.
Monday will begin my series of Posts "The Candidates Answer Your Questions".
The first Post will be District 8.Be prepared these Posts are long, very specific responses that will tell you where the candidates stand on some of St. Pete's most critical issues.
Rick Kriseman continues to out poll his opponent, incumbent Bill Foster. Kriseman also lead Foster in fund raising for the last reporting period. You might want to take look at my Post Where Will the Big Money Players Go for some insight into what may be happening.
Kriseman rolled out his first TV ad titled "Potential"
Bill Foster is now getting some Republican party support see Chris O'Donnell St. Petersburg Tribune GOP aiding Mayor Foster in heated re-election campaign. The Republican Party is funding Chris Martin, Bay Area Regional Field Director at Republican Party of Florida and Field Director for Hillsborough County at Republican Party.
Now it's officially a partisan race.
Wal Mart announced they will move into the mid-town space in Tangerine Plaza vacated by SweetBay. They will hire about 100 people, and plan to have the store open around the first of the year.
City Council added some funding back into the budget for some after school programs and combating homelessness.
These were items no funded in the Foster administrations original budget. Just how interested is Bill Foster in solving south side issues?
Food Comings and Goings
I decided to stop by Krispy Kreme (9100 4th Street North) for some "Hot Now" doughnuts and a mocha coffee. When I arrived, the drive-in was backed up around the building and spilling into the street, and the parking lot was full. There were about 15-20 people in line waiting to be served. The interesting part? It was 3:00PM in the afternoon. Great coffee and the doughnuts...heavenly.
St. Pete Brasserie, 539 Central announced it would close yesterday. Justin Chamoun said, "Beach Drive is Beach Drive, and the second block of Central Avenue gets a lot of attention with First Friday. They have all the foot traffic down there."
The often touted down town renaissance is really a pretty narrow area from a business perspective.
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Campaign Disclosures: Contributor to Kathleen Ford Campaign, Darden Rice Campaign, Concern Citizens of St. Petersburg, Rick Kriseman for Mayor, District 2 Lorraine Margeson