Before bidding sayonara to the office he’s held for the past eight years, outgoing mayor Rick Kriseman will welcome Japanese Consul General Kazuhiro Nakai to St. Petersburg Thursday. The 10 a.m. event, at the entrance to the St. Pete Pier, is to unveil a sign honoring the 60th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between St. Pete and Takamatsu, Japan.
The ceremony also marks the kickoff of Kriseman’s “Faring Well Tour,” during which he and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin will be making a series of public appearances “showcasing advancements and reflecting on the progress made as the Kriseman Administration’s second and final term draws to a close,” according to a statement from the Mayor’s Office.
“Opportunities and challenges remain for St. Pete, but the city is faring well,” Kriseman wrote. “The next mayor will inherit a growing, vibrant city and a strong government. I’m looking forward to being on tour to reflect on our progress, highlight all the good that is happening as we recover from what we hope was the worst of the pandemic, and provide updates on important issues like the state of our infrastructure. This is also an opportunity for me to simply say ‘thank you’ to the people of St. Petersburg.”
Other stops on the “Faring Well Tour” include the Saturday Morning Market (9 a.m. Saturday), the 400 Block Groundbreaking (11 a.m., Oct. 18), “A Reflective Conversation” at thestudio@620 (Oct 20, 6 p.m.) and more.
The complete itinerary is available here.