From Creative Loafing political editor Mitch Perry's report, Foster, Kriseman Clash Early and Often in First General Election Debate:
"In a debate focusing on small business issues, the two clashed early on, differing on whether the city has done enough to promote the economic development of the city away from downtown.
Kriseman, who resides in West St. Pete, which has traditionally felt isolated from the rest of the city, said that he's met numerous business owners who complain that nobody from the city ever inquires about how they're doing.
Foster said he "naturally disagreed," referring to the city giving $24,000 in seed money to help establish the Edge District west of downtown. He also referred to the Central Avenue Redevelopment Plan approved by the City Council a year ago."
The complete report can be seen on Creative Loafing's website, CLTampa.com.
St. Petersburg Mayoral Forum: Small Business Matters, was presented by USF St. Petersburg and LocalShops1. The event, Sept. 10, 2013, was sponsored by the League of Women Voter and USF St. Petersburg, along with its Student Government Association and the school's Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership. Food sponsor was Island Flavors And Tings.