August 12, 2022

Photos: Despite pleas from constituents, St. Pete City Council kills rent control ballot initiatives

On Thursday, St. Petersburg City Council not only voted down a motion that could've inched the city closer to putting rent control on the November ballot, but also failed to pass a different motion that  asked city legal to draft an ordinance for rent stabilization for the 2023 special primary election.

That's despite an hours-long debate where two-thirds of public comment featured speakers in favor of letting the people vote on rent control, including  Beverly Brannon, a legally blind woman who cares for her two blind children and three grandchildren, spoke about her rent going up from $1,700 to $2,400.
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Photos: Despite pleas from constituents, St. Pete City Council kills rent control ballot initiatives
Photo by Dave Decker
Photos: Despite pleas from constituents, St. Pete City Council kills rent control ballot initiatives
Photo by Dave Decker
Photos: Despite pleas from constituents, St. Pete City Council kills rent control ballot initiatives
Photo by Dave Decker
Photos: Despite pleas from constituents, St. Pete City Council kills rent control ballot initiatives
Photo by Dave Decker
Photos: Despite pleas from constituents, St. Pete City Council kills rent control ballot initiatives
Photo by Dave Decker

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