Mayor Kriseman has 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 temporary 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, local community leaders and elected officials will encourage residents to choose local while supporting neighborhood and locally-owned businesses.
To back the initiative, make it a goal to shop, eat, drink, live and give in every pocket of the city throughout Burg Buys Local Week.
Share how you’re embracing and experiencing the project by using the hashtag #StPeteRecovers on social media.
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.