Ken Welch

St. Petersburg announces $3 million to help renters pay utility bills

Listen: A new program may bring relief for St. Petersburg residents struggling with utility bills. The city announced 3 million dollars of federal funds to provide renters relief. St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch announced the...

St. Petersburg mayor pledges millions towards mental health aid

Listen: St. Petersburg has allocated 8.6 million dollars to a new mental health initiative. The city’s mayor made this announcement Friday at the “Healing While Black” summit at Eckerd College. Mayor Ken Welch was one...

Activists at Juneteenth rally demand St. Pete keeps promises to the Black community.

Yesterday community organizers in St. Petersburg gathered to celebrate Juneteenth coming up on Monday, which was made a federal holiday two years ago to celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the United States. Event organizers...
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WMNF headline news stories from Tuesday, August 2, 2022, including a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan that killed al-Qaida's leader.
Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch (right) and Nikki Gaskin-Capehart

St. Pete mayor on the redevelopment of the Gas Plant District and the possibility of keeping the Rays

St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch speaks with WMNF about what to expect from the redevelopment of the Gas Plant District.
St. Petersburg mayor at LGBTQ Pride event

Mayor slams Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law as St. Pete kicks off Pride month

At the start of St. Pete Pride Month, Mayor Ken Welch slams Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law as harmful to LGBTQ people.

St. Petersburg residents share priorities for city budget, call for more action on housing

Tangela Butler, a local bus driver, approached one of two podiums in the meeting room of St. Petersburg City Hall on Monday night. Dozens of community members sat in the pews behind her. She had...
Ken Welch

St. Petersburg inaugurates Mayor Ken Welch

It was a historic morning for the city of St. Petersburg, with the inauguration of its first Black mayor. After testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, Ken Welch was sworn-in outside his home. Welch...

Part two: interview with St. Petersburg mayor-elect Ken Welch

Longtime Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch is days away from becoming St. Pete’s next mayor. In the second half of our interview, mayor-elect Ken Welch spoke about the issue of housing. One of a handful...

Part one: Interview with St. Petersburg mayor-elect Ken Welch

Mayor-elect Ken Welch has spent 20 years on the Pinellas County Commission, representing his hometown of St. Petersburg. Now he’ll be sworn in as the city of St. Pete’s first Black mayor. Community celebrations had...

St. Pete election: Robert Blackmon & Ken Welch

Audio from a forum featuring the two candidates for St. Petersburg mayor in 2021: Robert Blackmon and Ken Welch.

St. Pete election: Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon set for mayoral faceoff

St. Petersburg held its primary election Tuesday, setting up a November showdown for mayor between Ken Welch and Robert Blackmon. LISTEN: Welch is 20-year County Commission veteran. His father, David, was only the second Black...

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