Public invited to Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman swearing-in ceremony

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Rick Kriseman speaks after being elected mayor of St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- The public is invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony of St. Petersburg Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman on Thursday, Jan. 2 at St. Pete City Hall.

Below is the schedule of events for the day:CITY COUNCIL MEETING at 11 a.m.: The ceremony begins as City Council first convenes to bid farewell to outgoing Mayor Bill Foster, District 4 Council Member Leslie Curran, and District 8 Council Member Jeff Danner.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING at Noon: Following a brief recess, City Council convenes for newly-elected Council Members Darden Rice (District 4) and Amy Foster (District 8) to take the oath of office as well as the swearing in of returning members Karl Nurse (re-elected District 6) and Jim Kennedy (re-elected District 2). Also, Bill Dudley (District 3) will be sworn in as Chair and Steve Kornell (District 5) as Vice-Chair.

MAYOR OATH OF OFFICE: At approximately 12:45 p.m., Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman will be sworn in as the 53rd Mayor of the city of St. Petersburg on the steps of City Hall. Bob Devin Jones will officiate as Master of Ceremonies. Rabbi Michael Torop, Temple Beth-El will give the Invocation and Judge Thomas M. Ramsberger, Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida will administer the oath of office. Mayor Kriseman will then give a short Mayoral Address followed by a performance by the St. Petersburg Community Choir. 

Light refreshments will follow on the north lawn of City Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Limited seating will be available. In the case of inclement weather, the oath of office will be administered in City Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on St. Pete TV and streamed live on www.stpete.org.

GENERAL PARKING: Fifth Street N. will be closed in front of City Hall beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2. There may be soft closures (allowing for local traffic only) on the surrounding streets. Street parking will be limited. Overflow parking will be available at The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N.

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