Connect with us


Firestone Grand Prix general admission cancelled

Margie Manning



Mayor Rick Kriseman at St. Petersburg City Hall

What was supposed to be a joyous occasion — raising the flag for the Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg on Thursday morning — turned somber as Mayor Rick Kriseman announced general admission to the race was cancelled.

Kriseman said he would make an announcement later Thursday on whether the race would go on.

City Council members at the announcement backed the mayor’s decision.

“I think the most important thing for all our residents and our city as a whole is to keep everyone safe, so I respect his decision,” said City Council member Brandi Gabbard. “I know it wasn’t an easy decision to make by any means, but safety is our priority, so I respect him and thank him for his decision no matter how hard that was.”

City Council member Robert Blackmon called the decision “saddening but justified.”

“We have to evolve with the times and this is what is being dictated nationwide, so we have to follow the leader,” Blackmon said.

The Mayor’s Green Flag Business Brunch and all  race activities the city planned for Sunday also have been cancelled, since the race will not be open to the public.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

By posting a comment, I have read, understand and agree to the Posting Guidelines.

The St. Pete Catalyst

The Catalyst honors its name by aggregating & curating the sparks that propel the St Pete engine.  It is a modern news platform, powered by community sourced content and augmented with directed coverage.  Bring your news, your perspective and your spark to the St Pete Catalyst and take your seat at the table.

Email us:

Subscribe for Free

Share with friend

Enter the details of the person you want to share this article with.