Posted: 3:46 am Friday, January 20th, 2017
By Ann Kelly
St Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is defending his position that the city will not fund the St Pete Pride Parade if they move it from the Grand Central District and move it to a route in downtown St Pete. St Pete Pride Executive Director Eric Skains said the parade committee chose the new route over security concerns and that Kriseman had agreed to it. With no city funding the Pride Committee will have to come up with $45,000.
At last night’s St Pete City Council meeting Kenwood residents showed up to let council know how unhappy they are with the decision to move the St Pete Pride Parade route. Grand Central District Association Executive Director Tawnee Walling said she didn’t feel the community’s concerns were being heard.
Orlando Police will conduct an internal investigation into exactly what happened when Markeith Loyd was taken into custody. Loyd made a court appearance yesterday and claimed police beat him. Now, new video allegedly shows two officers kicking Loyd while he was on the ground. Loyd is suspected of shooting Master Sgt. Debra Clayton.
There’s another option to getting around in Pinellas County. The Tampa Bay Times reports The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Agency is working with Uber, Lyft, United Taxi and Wheelchair Transport and offer a ride from the bus stop to their final destination for just about a buck. It’s called Direct Connect and more details are available here.
The Children’s Gasparilla Parade is tomorrow along Bayshore Blvd. Expect road closures and delays most of the day. If you’re heading over, here’s more on what you can expect.