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Make city website more friendly

"As mayor, I will revamp StPete.org so that it’s user-friendly, highly interactive, and reflective of our community. The budget, in particular, should be easy to view and navigate."


Sources:

Campaign website (archived version)

Subjects: City Budget, City Government, Technology

Updates:

Minor changes now, complete redesign later

Updated: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 | By Joshua Gillin

Ask anyone who's ever used the City of St. Petersburg's website, and the words "easy to use" don't necessarily come to mind. Rick Kriseman promised to change that.

While campaigning, Kriseman said he would make StPete.org "user-friendly, highly interactive, and reflective of our community." He also vowed to make the city's budget easy to review.

A quick look at the site five months into Kriseman's term shows more features, to be sure. There are quick-navigation bars for hurricane season, the city's Pier, the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit initiative, the downtown waterfront master plan and parks and recreation. These all have updated information, the city said.

Communications director Benjamin Kirby said the website was still a work in progress, but pointed to the Council Agenda page as an example of a recent update. Clicking on day and meeting links will bring up PDFs showing agenda items with back-up material on subjects.

Kirby also said Kriseman has discussed a complete redesign of the website with the city's marketing team. He said the tentative goal is to have a new site available sometime in 2015.

We rate this promise In The Works.

Sources:

Tampa Bay Times, "St. Petersburg swears in Mayor Rick Kriseman with showy outdoor ceremony," Jan. 2, 2014

Tampa Bay Times, "St. Pete mayor's transition team puts more docs online," Jan. 7, 2014

Tampa Bay Times, "Editorial: Kriseman promises, now must deliver," April 30, 2014

Interview with Benjamin Kirby, mayor's communications director, May 30 and June 2, 2014

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