Josh Solomon, St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

Josh Solomon

St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

I cover St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County legal beat. When I'm not roaming city hall or sitting in court, I’m sleeping late or watching cooking videos on YouTube. I’m proudly from New Jersey, with a tattoo to prove it, and I graduated from Northwestern University before coming to the Times in 2014. I've had the honor of documenting the most magical and tragic moments in Floridians' lives, including a rocket launch, an execution and three hurricanes. Off work, I like things that go — I have a pilot’s license and own a motorcycle — and things that are slow, like savoring morning coffee and a local brew at night. I’m in journalism because I believe the truth can touch hearts and change the world.

‘To hell with gay pride,’ says St. Pete City Council candidate

Chico Cromartie is running for District 7 City Council. [Photo courtesy of Chico Cromartie]
Chico Cromartie says homosexuality is a choice and the LGBTQ community thrives at the expense of black residents.

Tampa Bay Rays, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman to meet for first time over Montreal idea

Tampa Bay Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg (left.) St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (right.) [SCOTT KEELER, MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
Will the team ask for permission from the city to explore the split-season concept further?

St. Petersburg’s future lies beneath Tropicana Field. Do the Rays stand in the way?

This rendering from New York’s HKS Architects shows what a redeveloped Tropicana Field site could look like if it includes a new baseball stadium. Planners are calling the project the Gas Plant District, after the black neighborhood that was razed decades ago to build the dome. They are also designing a plan that does not include a stadium. The 86-acre Trop site is set to be redeveloped, but city officials don’t know whether to include a new ballpark for the Rays. Mayor Rick Kriseman says plans can proceed while the stadium issue is undecided, but others are unsure if developers would be willing to go along. There is also a question of whether the Rays can impede construction under the lease agreement that keeps the team playing in the dome through 2027. [HKS Architects]
City officials are eager to redevelop the 86-acres under the Trop. But the Rays’ future plans affect the future of its current home.

St. Pete’s District 5 race has five candidates with five points of view.

St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
The candidates laid out their priorities at a recent forum at the Sunshine Center. The primary is Aug. 27.

Kriseman, City Council fill remaining St. Petersburg Housing Authority vacancies

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman appointed two more replacements to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority board. [Times (2019)]
The board was down members after Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council removed three members.