Richie Floyd

Candidate for: City Council, D8
Amount Raised: $84,267.17
Cash on Hand: $59,048.93

Chamber Interview-

Candidate Q&A

Should changes be made to I-175 and/or I-375? Should they be brought to grade and transitioned to boulevards? Should they be brought below grade and capped (built over) to help bridge the gap between South St. Pete and Downtown?

I am supportive of removing I-175 in order to connect the neighborhoods to the Tropicana field site, however, I believe we should have a plan in place that ensures that we aren’t displacing the existing residents of the neighborhoods.

How does our community connect St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Beaches to the Brightline termination station in Tampa by 2024?

At the very least, we should use our regional transportation infrastructure to create rapid bus transit from downtown St. Pete to The Brightline Station and Tampa Airport. This should connect with the Central Ave BRT corridor so that the beaches will be easily accessible as well. Ideally in the future we would invest in reliable light rail to complete our regional transportation.

Do you support the plan to lease our City Marina to a developer to operate and make improvements instead of keeping the marina under city management and make the repairs ourselves?

No, I believe the downtown waterfront is a public good and should remain in the hands of the public.

What specific impact have you already made in St. Pete toward equitable economic development?

As a political organizer, I have worked on campaigns for voting rights, environmental protections, higher wages, and more.

How should the city balance historic designation with property rights?

It’s important that we protect our city’s character, but I believe the city should particularly take into account the economic impact to low income the community when these decisions are made.

What are your priorities for both sustainability AND resiliency (taken separately) for the City? What are 2 examples that you see as the City’s best opportunities to address climate change impacts?

I believe we need to modernize our sewage infrastructure, beyond our planned improvements to ensure that we are growing sustainably over the long term. I will seek to create a more resilient city by strengthening and hardening city services in our neighborhoods, particularly low income areas, through building upgrades and city funded resiliency hubs at a neighborhood level.    Our best opportunities to address climate change are the current wastewater upgrades, and the full implementation of the Integrated Sustainability Action Plan. Our city has laid out a road map to a successful future during uncertainty, and I will work to fully implement it without delay.

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