Campaigns for three City Council seats in St. Petersburg perked up again Wednesday night at the Sunshine Center, with Duke Energy as the main target.
Late last week, Duke Energy Florida promised power-deprived residents in Pinellas County that with a few exceptions, everyone who had lost electricity due to Hurricane Irma would have it restored by midnight Friday. That didn’t happen.
With so much of Florida’s economy tied to tourism, Rick Scott believes it is essential the state get back to normal as soon as possible following Hurricane Irma, making the state inviting for visitors to return.
Duke Energy did not fulfill its self-imposed midnight Friday deadline to bring power back to its customers in Pinellas County and that has St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman extremely disappointed. “I am extremely disappointed that Duke Energy’s self-imposed midnight deadline will pass without power being restored to all of St. Pete,” Kriseman wrote on Facebook after the deadline passed. “The information provided to me by Duke Energy’s CEO and other executives throughout the week gave me the confidence to be patient,…
When the day began, more than 100,000 Duke Energy customers in Pinellas and Pasco counties were still without power. But officials with the investor-owned utility vow to stick by their promise made earlier this week that everyone in those areas will have power restored by midnight Friday.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of the City Council had plenty of laudatory praise Thursday for their staff in handling Hurricane Irma’s impact on the city. The mayor even showed some love to Rick Scott.
Duke Energy promises all Pinellas County customers will have electricity restored by midnight Friday at the latest. Speaking at Jordan Park in South St. Petersburg, Duke spokesman Jeff Baker said he is aware that’s still a long time for those already frustrated without power over past two days, but “help is on the way.” That includes 1,000 workers from other states who are joining the effort to restore power to residents in the county.