Mayor Kriseman has officially declared the week of September 24 – October 1 Burg Buys Local Week in the City of St. Petersburg, encouraging residents to shop at local businesses and help the community recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma.
Olga Boff, Keep St. Pete Local Founder and President, explains: “Hurricane Irma may not have been devastating in terms of destruction, but it was pretty catastrophic for local businesses, some of which may have to close, thanks to power and inventory losses, not to mention closures, which led to loss of revenue.”
She continues: “We’re thrilled Mayor Kriseman has come up with this initiative. Ultimately, local businesses are what give St. Pete its flavor, but they also put money back into the community, whether it’s by donating prizes for your little league raffle or employing local residents.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates as many as 40% of small businesses won’t recover from a disaster.
This week, in an effort to reduce that risk, business community leaders and City officials have come together to encourage residents to choose local and support neighborhood and locally-owned businesses in response to Irma’s disruption, and they’re asking for your help. Make it a goal to shop, play, eat, drink, give and live local in every pocket of the city throughout Burg Buys Local Week. Share how you’re embracing and experiencing the initiative on social media using the hashtag #StPeteRecovers.
Before you head out, read four ways cycling helps support local businesses, and reserve your Coast bike to help you get from business to business in neighborhoods all over downtown.