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City preps to dig deeper into StPete2050

Margie Manning



Liz Abernethy, planning and development services director

During an upcoming series of community workshops, St. Petersburg officials will unveil the first glimpse at what city residents want the city to look like over the next 30 years.

The second round of the StPete2050 visioning exercise gets underway later this month, and city leaders are making a big push for attendance.

In the initial round of workshops in November, small groups were encouraged to talk about what they saw as the city’s strengths and opportunities, and to use markers, labels and maps to document their conversations. There’s also been an online survey to gather input. More than 2,000 people have already attended a workshop or taken part in the survey.

The second round of workshops will build on that community engagement and allow for the review of trends and alternatives, said  Liz Abernethy, planning and development services director.

“If you attended the first workshop, filled out the first survey or spoke with us at community events, you will be able to review the community-wide results and further explore and give feedback on the themes that have emerged as most relevant in shaping StPete2050 vision,” Abernethy said.

The city previously created a plan for 2020 that has guided a lot of development currently underway, said Mayor Rick Kriseman.

“If there are things you don’t like that you see happening right now, you have an opportunity to make sure it doesn’t happen again by participating in 2050,” Kriseman said at a meeting of the Disston Heights Civic Association on Jan. 14.

The mayor has been among several leaders urging participation in the StPete2050 process.

“If there are things you like and you want to see more of, if there are things you don’t like and you don’t like and you don’t want to see more of, whatever you feel about the city, this is your opportunity to share that with us.” — Mayor Rick Kriseman, Disston Heights Civic Association, Jan. 14

“It’s not about who are we in 2050, it’s about who are we over the next 30 years.” — Alan DeLisle, city development administrator, at the State of the Economy, Jan. 15

“StPete2050 is long-term planning. It’s our obligation to answer all the what-ifs and what are possibles for our city for the next 30 years. Community outreach is the most critical piece of it.” — Deputy Mayor and City Administrator Kanika Tomalin (left) with marketing manager Nina Mahmoudi, at ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative, Jan. 17

Here are details about the upcoming series of workshops.

Workshop Option 1
Jan. 29, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Center for Health Equity
2333 34th St. S.

Workshop Option 2
Feb. 1, 2020, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg Main Library
3745 9th Ave. N.

Workshop Option 3
Feb. 4, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Willis S. Johns Recreation Center
6635 Dr Martin L King Jr St. N.

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