St. Petersburg Mayor's Race
This week we're taking a serious look at the state of crime in our area. We'll ask local law enforcement to weigh in on the trends they're seeing, and discuss ways we can all avoid becoming victims. And we'll take a look at the relationship between education and crime. Then Larry Elliston introduces us to a former convict who turned his life around and hopes to inspire others to do the same.
A couple of weeks ago, 10 St. Petersburg residents were vying to be the city’s next mayor. Now, that list has only two names on it. The winner will inherit a list of unresolved issues, like deciding the future of downtown -- including BayWalk and the Pier -- and whether to build a new baseball stadium. We’ll meet the candidates and find out what they think, this week.
Listen to Kathleen Ford explain more about how she would spend some of the city's reserve funds while Bill Foster describes why he’s opposed to the idea. (2:09)
Listen to an expanded version of our conversation about the possibility of a new stadium in St. Petersburg for the Rays. (5:49)
Listen to Ford and Foster talk about the future of regional transportation, including the plans for light rail advocated by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. (2:55)
Foster and Ford talk about BayWalk and how public safety issues and the economy contributed to the troubles at the struggling retail center. They also tell us whether they support a proposal to turn over a portion of public sidewalk to the plaza. (4:45)
Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
Monday at 10:00 PM on WSMR 89.1
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