Mayor Kriseman's first 100 days in office

St. Petersburg, Florida-- Saturday marks mark St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's first 100-days in office, and while the voters will ultimately decide if Kriseman gets a passing grade, it seems several members on the city council already like what they see.

For example, Kriseman quickly reversed the police department's chase policy.

"I thought it was a positive primarily because it was something he made a commitment to in his campaign [to do], so he fulfilled a promise and that's always important, " said Councilman Charlie Gerdes.

The Mayor has also met on at least two occasions with the Rays to discuss the team's future. Some believe he is on his way to having a more harmonious relationship with the team's ownership.

But of course that may go only so far.

"The best thing we could do for the Rays, for the Bay area, is go to the games. If we don't improve attendance, we're not going to be able to work this out," said City Council Member Karl Nurse.

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Kriseman also took down the fences blocking the Pier approach, opening it up to pedestrians. Now, even word that a new pier may not open until 2017- or even 2018- doesn't seem to bother everyone.

"To the extent that it needs to be right instead of fast, I'll give the mayor a pass on that," said Councilman Gerdes.

But when it comes to the pier, Councilman Wengay Newton says the Mayor could still do a bit more while the structure's future hangs in limbo.

"How about turning the lights on, the outside lights back on, to light this thing up. We also control the elevator where it goes from the first floor to the fifth floor, and we can let people go up to the top and take pictures and use our observation deck," said Councilman Newton.


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