When Rick Kriseman ran four years ago, the pier project was stalled and mired in controversy, the city was at an impasse with the Tampa Bay Rays, and the police department and our neighborhoods were disconnected. When Mayor Kriseman took office, he immediately put a pier plan in place, resolved the stalemate with the Rays, and hired Chief Anthony Holloway, who has worked hand-in-hand with Mayor Kriseman to establish community-oriented policing. Now, crime is down, and the city is moving forward on big projects. Mayor Kriseman will never shy away from confronting complex challenges in order to position St. Pete for success.
From changing the high-speed chase policy to hiring Chief of Police Anthony Holloway to bringing back community-oriented policing, Mayor Kriseman has always done what is best for both our neighborhoods and our police department. Tips to the police are up, crime is down, and morale has never been better. Thanks to the ‘Park, Walk, and Talk’ initiative, our citizens have better relationships with the officers that are sworn to protect them, crimes are being solved faster, and often prevented in the first place.
In 2015, under the leadership of Mayor Kriseman and Chief Holloway, the St. Petersburg Police Department became the first law enforcement agency on the west coast of Florida to be awarded the Gold Standard award for accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
Mayor Kriseman has been endorsed by both the Suncoast Police Benevolent Association and the Fraternal Order of Police, Pinellas Lodge 43
Rick Kriseman worked closely with city council, community leaders, and government partners to implement the South St. Pete Community Redevelopment Area – the largest in the county – which has already resulted in $349,000 being granted to over 33 projects. Major development projects are occurring on both 22nd Street S and the Skyway Marina District, and new business registrations in South St. Pete are on the rise.
As part of Mayor Kriseman’s ‘City of Opportunity’ initiatives, second chances are being given to minors who commit misdemeanors, the minimum wage has been raised for city employees with a plan to reach $15 by 2020, and paid parental leave has been provided for both moms and dads. Mayor Kriseman knows there is still more opportunity to create, and is running for a second term to ensure that every resident in St. Pete has a change to achieve their dreams.
Following unprecedented rainfall, decades of neglect, and compromised capacity, St. Petersburg’s sewer system was overwhelmed in 2015-2016. The Kriseman Infrastructure Plan calls for more than $300 million to repair and upgrade our system. Now, with the largest public works project in our city’s history, St. Pete will be made more resilient in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather. Mayor Kriseman has dedicated his entire time in public service to protecting our environment, from building his own LEED-certified home to working against nearshore oil drilling to purchasing and protecting approximately 50 acres of green space in St. Pete and positioning our city for a future powered by clean energy. He is committed to building a greener, stronger St. Pete.