St. Petersburg, Florida -- The City of St. Petersburg has a new mayor.
After defeating incumbent Mayor Bill Foster in November, Rick Kriseman was sworn in as the 53rd mayor of St. Pete in an open air ceremony outside of City Hall on Thursday afternoon.
"Some have asked, why such a ceremony?" Kriseman said of the outside event. "Because anything less would fall shirt of the significance of this city and this day," he told the crowd.
During his Mayoral Address Kriseman said the residents of St. Pete along with the city's visitors should be allowed to enjoy walking, running and fishing around the Pier.
"And that's why this morning we have begun the process of removing that unfriendly fence, allowing the Pier to be accessible within the next week."
Kriseman said the Pier and the future of the Tampa Bay Rays would be his most high profile challenges. But he noted mass transit, job creation, selecting a new police chief and battling poverty will demand his attention too.
"No longer will we be afraid to take bold action or to make mistakes. We, I will make them and when we do we will be honest about the, we will correct them, we will learn from then and we won't make them again."
City council also held a meeting Thursday to formally say goodbye to outgoing Mayor Bill Foster and long-serving city council members, and for new council members Darden Rice and Amy Foster to take the oath of office.
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