St. Pete Storefront Plan Aimed at Helping Small Businesses Gets Partial Approval

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ‘ A plan to help preserve small businesses along the quaint and trending corridor in Downtown St. Petersburg got only partial support from city council members.

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Thursday afternoon, the council voted to approve part of Mayor Rick Kriseman’s Storefront Conservation Corridor Program that aims to help keep small businesses from being priced out of Central Avenue and Beach Drive.’

It’s become the hottest business strip in town, but small businesses owners are finding the hot spot is coming at a hefty price.

The first part of the plan, which was approved by councilmembers, will provide grants to small businesses to help them develop their stores and even pay the ever-increasing rents.

However, the second part of the plan that sets guidelines for property owners when deciding how to divvy up the storefront space they lease was tabled by the city council.

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