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St. Pete Tops List of LGBTQ-Friendly Florida Cities

For the second year in a row, St. Petersburg has topped a ranking of Florida cities most inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

 St. Pete was one of three cities in Florida to earn a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. All scores are based on a 100-point scale.The index scores are assigned based on a number of factors evaluating a city’s commitment to providing LGBTQ protections and inclusive policies in areas ranging from employment to law enforcement, according to HRC.

 St. Pete earned top scores for its LGBTQ-friendly law enforcement agency and its relationship with the LGBTQ community. The city earned near top scores on its non-discrimination policies and being an inclusive employer. The city earned a total score of 84 with another 16 bonus points.

 “We are proud of our high score. There are many benefits to scoring high, including it being good for business retention, recruitment, and overall economic development," said St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman. "We will continue to implement policies and support efforts that make St. Petersburg a friendly place for LGBT residents, business owners, and visitors.”

Truck or Treat! October 21 Howl-O-Fest October 21-22

Howl-O-Fest hosts family-friendly activities, festive Trick or Treat cabins, inflatable games and more Fri.-Sat., Oct. 21-22, 6 to 10 p.m. at Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st Street S. Trick or Treat bags provided. Activities also include $1 hay rides, a $2 spooky trail through the woods, a $2 “No Way Out” maze, and live fire shows at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Admission $5/person. Concessions available for purchase. Proceeds benefit TASCO Teen Programs. More Info: 727-893-7813 or Rain date: October 23, 6-9 p.m. 

“Food Trucks Around Town” Truck or Treat! Enjoy food, fun, and help kick off the USF Science Festival at the Halloween edition of the Third Friday Food Truck Rally! This Friday, October 21, the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association showcases 12 of its finest Food Truck members from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Port St. Pete Marine Discovery Center downtown, 250 Eighth Ave SE. FREE Admission and parking! Beer, wine, Sangria for Purchase! Inside and Outside WATERFRONT seating. This month’s musical guest is Glass Half Full. Hoola Monsters will light up the night with their flaming hula hoops. Enjoy Halloween-themed children’s activities. Tour the Sir Winston cruise ship docked at the Port. Tampa Bay Rays will have a table as well as the Marina Discovery Center and more!  

City Seeks Qualified Proposals for Manhattan Casino

The City of St. Petersburg invites developers, end-users and interested parties to submit a plan to lease and operate a restaurant and event venue or catering business at the Manhattan Casino, located on “The Deuces” at 642 22nd Street South. During this interim period while the city seeks a restaurant to fill the void left by Sylvia’s closing, the city has the opportunity to utilize and program the second floor space. In order to honor the Manhattan Casino’s rich, vibrant history and ensure it remains a lively gathering space, the city of St. Petersburg will soon be accepting private event reservations. Read More

Input Sought for Downtown Transportation Survey

Citizens, employees and frequent visitors to downtown St. Petersburg are invited to assist PSTA with a survey to improve circulation in the downtown area currently served by the Looper, Central Avenue Trolley and PSTA Route 32. Some of the options under consideration include a new transit circulator or network of circulators that would meet the transportation needs of residents, workers, and visitors.

Resident Survey
Employee Survey

New Weekly Social Media Features

To better communicate the story of St. Petersburg through our social media channels – we’ve created two new weekly features to highlight important and captivating aspects of the Sunshine City.


The business community in St. Petersburg is strong, resilient, creative, innovative and unique. It’s important for those stories to be told - that’s why, we’re excited to begin to tell those stories one week at a time. Every Tuesday, there will be a St. Pete-based business featured on all of our social media channels to share why they chose St. Pete as their home, what makes this community special and why their business contributes to the overarching business culture here in the City. Be sure to follow to learn more about your favorite local businesses.


Join us on our journey as we explore and celebrate the people, places and things that make #SouthOfCentral shine. Every Thursday, we’ll be sharing a story, anecdote or piece of history about South St. Petersburg. We’re seeking out community leaders, business owners, residents, iconic places, culturally-rich activities and more to uncover the community’s gems and share them with our following.

Follow Us:

Facebook: @CityofStPetersburg
Twitter: @StPeteFL
Instagram: @StPete_FL

If you or someone you know is a interested in participating in either feature – please email for additional information.

This week in St. Pete


From our Mayor

Rick Kriseman

"Welcome to St. Petersburg, where our vision is to be a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work, and play. With your help, our neighborhoods, businesses, every individual, will enjoy a new opportunity to be lifted into the light of our St. Petersburg sun." 
Mayor Rick Kriseman Signature

City Initiatives

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