Raymond James Financial has laid off about 550 workers, or just under 4 percent of its global workforce of 13,900 employees.
The layoffs include some local workers, although the number of those impacted locally is unclear. The financial services firm, one of the largest companies headquartered in St. Petersburg, is not sharing any details about where the impacted associates worked or the types of jobs they held, said Steve Hollister, a spokesman for Raymond James.
When Dr. Uylee Choe’s phone rang at 3 a.m. one March morning, he knew instantly what the call would be about.
As the director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, Choe had been keeping tabs on Covid-19 long before it became a household name. He knew it was only a matter of time before Pinellas County would report its first case of the virus, so when the phone rang, he was prepared - as much as anyone could be during an unprecedented global pandemic - for what was to come.
The highlight of Thursday’s Catalyst Sessions interview with John Collins was the rollout of the Curate St. Pete website, the latest tool in the box for the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, of which Collins in executive director.
The website includes a selection of brief, professionally-created videos in which artists and gallery owners introduce themselves, and take the viewer through the work. The music was provided by St. Pete jazz trio La Lucha.
When a local government in Florida is about to take a major vote on whether to hinder more development or facilitate more development, guess which side is more likely to come out on top?
Even in proudly progressive, sustainability-minded St. Petersburg, the safe bet is that the developers will get most of what they want. The latest proposal is a hugely consequential one: whether to allow more residential development density in the roughly 40 percent of the city deemed highly vulnerable to storm surges in a Category 1 hurricane.
The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area held its second Thursday Nights With The League virtual forum September 10, featuring a discussion with the two candidates for Pinellas County Sheriff. They are:
During the discussion, the panelists answered questions from the moderator, local attorney Tamara Felton-Howard, on the recruitment of new deputies, training recruits in de-escalation tactics, strategies for combating human trafficking and their interpretation of what it means to defund law enforcement. The candidates also shared their thoughts on how they'd prevent mass shootings in schools, areas in which the department can improve, their positions on the protests and how they would define success in four years.