In this first installment, we’ll take a look at the commercial and office space component of each proposal. Downtown St. Petersburg desperately needs more space for businesses that have either been priced out because of rapidly rising rents, or simply can’t find offices with a large enough footprint to accommodate their operations. The city’s request for proposals, issued in July, specifically called for space that could accommodate small independent retail businesses.
When Randy Wynne got into radio, the 1960s were morphing into the ‘70s, and listeners were pulling away from the chatterbox of Top 40 and settling on lower-key “underground” FM stations, where “freeform” was the only rule and one rock album cut followed another, and genres like jazz, folk and bluegrass sometimes got equal time.
Dr. Tomalin's guest is Brett Pettigrew from the City Attorney's office, who is a key member of the legal team involved with the 2021 review of the St. Petersburg City Charter. In the interview, Pettigrew and Tomalin discuss the difference between the charter and the City Code, and explain why public input is so important to the work of the Charter Review Commission.
Now available from St. Petersburg Press, Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism - and More is a different kind of local history book.
A compilation of 22 stories from the Vintage St. Pete series in the St. Pete Catalyst, it profiles the pre-Disney era tourist attractions that brought millions of visitors to St. Petersburg, from Sunken Gardens and the Aquatarium to the MGM Bounty exhibit and the London Wax Museum.