The number of construction permits dropped 14 percent in St. Petersburg in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, while the construction value of those permits declined by 15.6 percent.
The decrease primarily was due to the suspension of in-person city services to minimize contact during the Covid-19 pandemic, officials said. The city pivoted to electronic plan review services, and virtual permitting and inspections, which it continues to offer even after the construction services and permitting lobby re-opened on Oct. 5.
Talk about a full plate. Florida’s most successful Democratic operative, Ashley Walker, is working nonstop to rev up get-out-the-vote programs in seven states amid a global pandemic, while living with a baby and a husband rooting for Donald Trump.
“We do not watch cable news,” she laughingly said of her and her husband’s TV viewing habits at home. "We would probably be sleeping in separate bedrooms if we did.”