A passionate advocate for the city and an outspoken business leader
Pete Boland is running for Mayor of St. Pete to end the cycle of career politicians with a small business approach to problem solving and to move the city forward.
Return events to full capacity, end any and all Covid restrictions on public events. Let event organizers and the people of St. Pete decide what they are comfortable with. Let the world know there is no better place to have your event than in the Sunshine City.
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 has 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. The greater the housing supply that addresses demand, will yield stabilization and lower housing prices. Zoning also needs to be changed to allow more multi-family units in neighborhoods (triplexes, duplexes, garage apartments, small scale apartment buildings). The future requires more housing, with less office space development, for the modern family and future St. Pete. We can’t have a NIMBY mindset, but instead a YIMBY mindset (Yes – In My Back Yard!)
St. Pete/Pinellas long struggling public school system needs full support from City and the Mayor. A degree of focus must be given to the issues parents face at home, so that better outcomes can be achieved. The achievement gap must be targeted and shortened. The city should work with the county to attract the best school teachers and including them into affordable housing plans. A city liaison needs to participate in all available school board activities. Neighborhood associations should be pipelines into Parent-Teacher Associations to improve outcomes for pupils in St. Pete. Former Mayor Baker’s Doorways program must be revisited better connecting local businesses to city schools.
We must modernize SPPD, and fund them to retain and attract the best officers and most dutiful public servants in America. Strive to be the best, most agile, adept, and most highly trained police force in the nation that also is the best compensated. Public surveillance cameras and should be installed in high crime & dense areas, and “The Blue” needs to be backed by the city. Petty crimes will be addressed, criminals will be prosecuted. We need more cameras, and more highly paid officers. Also, we must prioritize being a friendly police force as part of the police culture. The next Mayor must work closely with Chief Holloway to ensure officers are being held accountable, and praised & rewarded consistently for their excellent service to our community.
They say to never say never, but as Mayor, I will pledge to NEVER seek further political office. Politics was never meant to be a career, but instead was to be a government of the people for the people, and by the people. The Mayor’s office should not be blinded by political ambition, and should not be a used as a stepping stone to achieve political aspirations. Service to the city and the constituency should be the only focus of local politicians.
Tampa Bay and it’s Inlet waters are at the absolute core of what make this city so special. Educating our residents, visitors and students about the importance of environmental friendly practices, conservation and stewardship are pivotal to the long term health of the Tampa Bay estuary and our most valuable asset, our waterfront. The environmental disaster of 2015-2017, when the city dumped up to 200 million gallons of waste in our waterways, must never happen again. Implementation of a rebate program to replace private laterals must take place. Improper disposal of sewage sludge should never become an option to prevent treatment plant overloads during an extreme weather event. Re-opening of Albert Whitted sewer plant must be revisited.
It’s clear: the Rays are regional asset, and if they are to get a new stadium in Tampa Bay, it will be in St. Pete. We need to explore every option for financing by creating a regional private/public partnership that gets the team a 21st century ballpark that becomes a community asset. An important piece to this puzzle is the fate of the Al Lang Stadium site on the downtown waterfront where the Rays first pitched their ideas for a new ballpark back in 2007. We must build this new ballpark before Montreal does. A mixed used stadium with the Rowdies should be on the table. There is no better place for a new Major League Baseball stadium in North America than St. Pete, FL.
The 86 acre Tropicana Field site is a unique opportunity to mend a fractured community and to develop precious, valuable, downtown real estate addressing many city needs. Unique, community driven, affordable housing must be apart of the equation, with or without a ballpark, with high density residential parcels completely intertwined with nature and all the needs of our growing city. A modern Convention center should be a part of any development plans of the acreage so that St. Pete is positioned to compete long term with Tampa, Miami & Orlando. The 86 acre parcel should be divided and awarded to specialized developers in order to obtain best use of the land.
Pete on the Issues