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St. Petersburg is Florida’s fifth largest city, and one of the brightest spots along America’s Gulf coast. Located in the heart of the largest metro area in the state, the Sunshine City combines the tropical splendor of a vacation destination with the sophistication of an urban resort. Its quarter of a million inhabitants enjoy a vibrant arts and cultural climate, endless sports and recreational opportunities, delicious craft beer scene, charming and historic neighborhoods, and one of the fastest growing economies in the United States. For vacation, work or spending a lifetime, St. Petersburg is the ideal choice.

Mayor Rick Kriseman, City of St. Petersburg, FL

Rick Kriseman was sworn in as the 53rd mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida on January 2, 2014, ushering in a new era for the Sunshine City.

As mayor, he leads an organization of nearly 3,000 employees, governing more than 250,000 residents.

Prior to becoming mayor, Rick Kriseman served for six years in the Florida House of Representatives and as his caucus's policy chairman from 2011-2012. From 2000-2006, he represented District 1 on the St. Petersburg City Council and served as the council chairman in 2005.

Mayor Kriseman earned a B.S. in broadcasting from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the Stetson University College of Law. He is married to Kerry, a St. Petersburg native, and they have two children, Jordan and Samuel. Together, the Krisemans serve as a volunteer puppy raiser family for Southeastern Guide Dogs.

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