What Bloomberg’s Climate Challenge award means for St. Petersburg

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Enter Michael Bloomberg, the ardent let’s-stop-poisoning-the-planet enthusiast who last week told a small crowd in St.

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Before announcing St. Petersburg’s acceptance in the Bloomberh Climate Challenge, Burg mayor Rick Kriseman and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg met for coffee at Kahwa.Ralph Alswang via BloombergWith its no-curbside-recycling and three-decade legacy of secret sewage dumps in the rearview mirror of its theoretical Prius, St. Petersburg’s full steam ahead on smarter environmental choices. Although, given the nature of the latest announcement from City Hall, perhaps the ‘steam’ clich’ is misguided.

Enter Michael Bloomberg, the ardent let’s-stop-poisoning-the-planet enthusiast who last week told a small crowd in St. Pete he’d come to town to talk about ‘an urgent challenge facing St. Petersburg and the whole world’ and that mayors across the country saw how ‘their constituents are already feeling the effect [and people] expect city hall to take some action.

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