St. Petersburg said goodbye to two longstanding pillars of its City Council Thursday, outgoing Council Chair Charlie Gerdes of District 1, and Steve Kornell of District 5. With a combined 18 years of experience as council members, the pair leave big shoes to fill for newcomers Robert Blackmon and Deborah Figgs-Sanders.
It’s a stalemate. The City will not contribute to a part-time team and the Rays will not consider a new full-time stadium. A privately funded stadium is not in the cards. The Rays also rejected Mayor Kriseman’s offer to let them take another swing at sites in Hillsborough.
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council's Sean Sullivan writes, "As cities and towns around Florida grapple with how to plan for sea level rise and flooding, it’s critical that our leaders share ideas and best practices for resiliency."