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Kriseman Names Members of ‘Restart St. Pete’ Task Force


Mayor Rick Kriseman will seek guidance from the St. Petersburg City Council, health professionals, business leaders, and individuals representing the arts, public education, faith, and transportation.

ST. PETERSBURG – As national and state discussions related to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions have begun, Mayor Rick Kriseman has named expert advisors to assist him in planning for the reopening of commerce and other activities related to daily living in the city of St. Petersburg.

In accordance with social distancing orders and guidelines, the advisors will engage with the mayor on a one-on-one basis. In addition, Kriseman has committed to receiving input from the St. Petersburg City Council at an upcoming committee of the whole discussion and will continue to engage with our council members and residents moving forward.

“I am as eager as anyone to get St. Pete back to normal, but we must do so in a deliberate and thoughtful manner and with respect to national, state, and county decisions. Given the unprecedented nature of this public health crisis, it is imperative that a cross-section of our community be engaged, including and especially those with medical expertise. I am confident we will soon emerge from this challenging time as a stronger and more resilient city,” Kriseman said.

Restart St. Pete Advisors:

Dr. David Berman, Board certified pediatric infectious disease specialist, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Olga Bof, executive director, Keep St. Petersburg Local

Amber Boulding, city of St. Petersburg Emergency Management Manager

John Collins, executive director, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

Duggan Cooley, CEO, Pinellas Community Foundation

J.P. DuBuque, president and CEO, Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp.

Dexter Fabian, publisher, I Love the Burg

Rene Flowers, Pinellas County School Board member

Rev. Watson Haynes, president and CEO, Pinellas County Urban League

Dr. Mona Mangat, member/past board chair Doctors for America, Board-certified allergist and immunologist, Bay Area Allergy and Asthma

Jason Mathis, CEO, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership

Brad Miller, CEO, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Scott Smith, president, St. Anthony’s Hospital

Chris Steinocher, president and CEO, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Kanika Tomalin, city administrator and deputy mayor

Michael Vivio, CEO-Owner, Corp Fitness Works

Dr. Israel Wojnowich, city of St. Petersburg physician, board certified family medicine, Bayfront Health Medical Group


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