St. Petersburg mayor’s downtown small business preservation plan delayed in city council vote

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One of them was Jim Grinaker with the nonprofit Keep St. Pete Local. He urged the councilmembers not to delay the plan.

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City Council voted March 14 to delay Mayor Rick Kriseman’s Storefront Conservation Corridor Plan, which aims to protect small businesses on Central Avenue.

Created two years ago, the plan creates limitations on storefront sizes on Beach Drive and Central Avenue from the waterfront to 31st Street. It also includes financial incentives to keep independent businesses in these areas.

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Although Kriseman created a Facebook event inviting the public to attend the City Hall meeting and support the plan, only three residents took to the podium at the March 14 City Hall meeting.

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Daddy Kool Records relocating as commercial rent triples in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ‘ St. Pete’s rising commercial rent prices are forcing another long-time local staple to relocate.

Manny Matalon, or ‘Manny Kool’ as he’s more commonly known, has been in business at 666 Central Avenue since 1999. Now, his rent price has tripled and Daddy Kool Records is forced to move across town.

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The new location for the popular record store will be in St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District at 2430 Terminal Drive starting April 13.

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‘I can’t sell these records for more than the suggested retail price, so there’s physically no way to pay that much for rent as a small business owner’ he explained. “For a business owner, to have your rent triple is pretty criminal.”

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Plenty of fireworks on social media about how July 4 shows fizzled in St Pete, Tampa

Fireworks shows in St. Petersburg and Tampa fizzled, leaving disappointed crowds and sponsors scrambling on Thursday for an explanation.

In St. Petersburg, people waited hours on the waterfront for a 9:15 p.m. show before the city announced at 9:45 p.m. that it was canceled for technical difficulties. City officials blamed the vendor and said they won’t pay the bill.

Across the bay, the threat of lightning drove organizers to punch the button early on a show that didn’t last long to begin with, delivering the city a dud for the second year in a row.

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One tweeter, Allyson Mitchell, said she wasted hours in the rain for the St. Petersburg show then asked, “Can anybody in FL shoot off a firework?”

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  • Publisher: Tampa Bay Times
  • Date: 2018-07-05T11:13:00Z-04
  • Author: Caitlin Johnston Charlie Frago
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