It's time to put St. Pete first
Every issue will be viewed in the prism of one goal— how does this make St. Pete better? Making St. Pete the best is not just an idea, but it is the vision of our goal. I am in this race to always be St. Pete First—to fight the good fight, to solve long standing liabilities and tired issues that have plagued our city for far too long. We need to build more houses, modernize our institutions, cut spending and taxes, champion small business and work to save Major League Baseball. I want to hear from you. I want to be your voice. I want to make a difference.
Our success and geography have caused an affordable housing problem in St. Pete. The only way to attain affordable housing in a county that is 99% built out, is to build up, with a keen eye towards density and preservation of existing housing stock. The greater the housing supply that addresses the appropriate demand will yield stabilization and lower the housing prices. Zoning also needs to be analyzed to allow more multi-family units in neighborhoods (triplexes, duplexes, garage apartments, small-scale apartment buildings) where it is appropriate while maintaining the character of our neighborhoods.
The future requires more housing, with less office space development, for the modern family and future St. Pete.
We must also remember that the most affordable housing is the housing that already exists. We are in a unique pickle in Pinellas relative to housing, it will require unique solutions. We need to protect our current housing stock, build up shrewd density strategies, accelerate and simplify the permitting process, and attract high-paying jobs that can make everyone’s housing more affordable.
Albert Whitted Airport is a uniquely special asset to our City that can be a large economic driver for our city. It’s a historic aviation site, that needs to be preserved. Albert Whitted should be expanded, not developed, drawing in superior air traffic and improving the power of its economic engine.
St. Pete’s City’s budget has exploded in recent years. Every single department will be analyzed and scrutinized with a business-like mindset for the best possible outcomes and optimum efficiency. No department will be pushed to improve. Staff will be held accountable, prudent, and praised often for saving taxpayer dollars.
The government’s primary responsibilities are public safety and infrastructure. We’ve all traveled over uneven sidewalks and roads with potholes and have seen flooded streets. The city needs to stay on top of sewage, storm drainage, water runoff, roadways, bridges, electrical grid, codes, and more. The government has to have an efficient, well-run, clean, and safe city for its citizens.
A passionate advocate for the city and outspoken business leader
Pete is proud to call St. Pete his forever home and resides again in Shore Acres with his loving wife, Jessica and her 3 children— just one block from where he attended pre-school at LCC and stocked shelves at his parent’s store. Pete & Jessica are also members of St. Raphael’s Parish in Snell Isle, the same church Pete was baptized at as a child. Now, Pete is writing a new chapter of his comeback story and is running for City Council District 3 of St. Pete to end the cycle of career politicians with a small business approach to problem-solving and to move the city forward with a “St. Pete First” mindset.