St. Pete’s CRA could become countywide model
CLEARWATER – Despite budget concerns, Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously agreed to continue work with the city of St. Petersburg to create a Community Development Area to combat the problem of blight and poverty.
Commissioner Janet Long was absent.
A study released last year identified five areas in the county that were most impoverished: south St. Petersburg, north Greenwood, east Tarpon Springs, Highpoint and Lealman.
County Administrator Bob LaSala told commissioners during an Oct. 8 meeting that the plan the city and staff were working on to address the problem made sense.
“It may well serve as a precursor or model for the other four areas,” he said.