From Tampa Tribune writer Christopher O'Donnell's report, Foster, Kriseman spar on economy, records and Rays:
"Job creation has taken something of a back seat in the debate over who will be the city’s next mayor, with the police department, the pier, failing schools and the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium dispute hogging discussion time. That changed Tuesday evening in a combative first debate of the general election season as incumbent Mayor Bill Foster defended his economic record as city leader while challenger Rick Kriseman pledged that he would remove obstacles like the excessive regulations he said make it tough for small businesses to grow.
"The candidates also aimed a few blows at each other, with Foster repeating earlier attacks on Kriseman’s six-year record as a state lawmaker, saying he failed to get any bills passed. ... Kriseman blamed Foster’s leadership for Midtown losing its only grocery store when Sweetbay closed in February."
The complete report can be seen on Tampa Tribune's website, tbo.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.