The city of St. Petersburg has become one of the more important recruiting tools for United Insurance Holdings Corp., CEO John Forney told the City Council.
That’s why the fast-growing property and casualty insurance firm wants to build its new corporate headquarters on city-owned land downtown, Forney said, just before the City Council approved a term sheet Thursday morning for the proposed sale of the land. The term sheet is a starting point for negotiations between the city and the company.
The 2018 SHINE Mural Festival doesn’t officially begin until Saturday, but one artist – arguably the most well-known of this year’s lineup – is already hard at work.
Under a billowing white canopy, on the front patio of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, you’ll find a man and a car. The automobile, a 2009 Toyota Prius owned by local resident Mitzi Gordon, was pure white as of Thursday morning.
The man is Haider Ali, a native of Karachi, Pakistan, and a legend among those who follow not only public art but the unique cultural constitution of Southern Asia.