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Kriseman resigns to run for House seat

The City Council member's resignation takes effect Nov. 6. The council will appoint a replacement.

By JON WILSON
Published September 10, 2006


ST. PETERSBURG - City Council member Richard Kriseman, who represents a big chunk of west St. Petersburg, has resigned effective Nov. 6 because he is running for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

State law requires him to step down.

The council will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Kriseman's term, which expires in 2008.

Those who want to apply can do so from Oct. 27 until 5 p.m. Nov. 10. Applications should be submitted to the City Clerk at City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N.

Applicants must have lived in the city and in council District 1 for at least one year.

A forum will be scheduled the week of Nov. 12 to give the public a chance to meet applicants. Each applicant will make a three-minute introductory speech, spend one minute answering questions and three minutes on closing remarks.

The council will interview candidates in special session 1 p.m. Nov. 30 and could make a decision the same day. The new council member is scheduled to be sworn in Dec. 14.

Kriseman was appointed to the council in 2000 to fill a vacancy and won elections in 2001 and 2003. A Democrat, he faces Republican Thomas Piccolo in the Nov. 7 general election.

In other action Thursday, the council:

- Approved vacating a section of Bayshore Drive NE to accommodate parking for the Museum of Fine Arts, which plans to expand into its current parking lot north of the building.

Plans call for street-level parking on the vacated section of Bayshore.

The council also vacated part of Union Street, an alley and some easements near 18th Avenue S and 22nd Street, thereby consolidating land for ongoing commercial development on the corner.

- Established residential multifamily and residential planned development zoning on about 4.36 acres between San Merino Boulevard and Snug Harbor Road, south of Gandy Boulevard.

The city annexed the land in December 2005 and is required to establish land-use and zoning for it. About a dozen single-family homeowners objected, saying they fear development of multifamily units that would change their neighborhood's ambience.

- Accepted a committee report that eventually will lead to a law preventing boaters from going under the Pier. It's a safety measure also designed to keep boaters from grabbing utility lines that run along the bottom of the Pier.