The Lealman area has undergone significant developments in recent years, reshaping its landscape and community dynamics. To gain insights into these changes, Representative Lindsay Cross shares her perspective on the ongoing transformations, key initiatives, and her vision for the future of Lealman.
“We want to have a physical presence in the community, and because Lealman is an unincorporated part of the county, we don’t want residents to feel that they’re less important than the City of St Pete or Pinellas Park,” Rep. Cross said. “I want them to get attention and know that we’re going to be a resource to people in their community.”
Discussing the foundation of Lealman’s development, Representative Cross emphasized the significance of education and job opportunities. She stressed the importance of providing quality education to the residents, equipping them with the necessary skills for a brighter future.
“Job training and workforce development are important components in that area. The Lealman Exchange is a great partner in those efforts,” said Rep. Cross. “I love how they’re bringing in nonprofits and businesses to provide opportunities for the residents and support social services in the area.”
Rep. Cross also highlighted the formation of neighborhood relationships, community events, and local support networks as key drivers of positive change. Cross underscored the need for fostering a sense of ownership and pride among the residents, empowering them to actively participate in shaping the neighborhood’s future.
“I’m looking at ways we can provide some tax relief for people who are making their rental units more affordable. That’s something we’re excited about working on next year,” said Rep. Cross. “I go to a lot of the home dedications for Habitat for Humanity, and in cooperation with the county, that has been a big focus. Not just affordable rentals, but affordable home ownership, because that’s where people build generational wealth.”
Rep. Cross says this year’s session is set to begin earlier than usual, in September, so she encourages her constituents to contact her now about policy ideas or funding needs.
“We are successful in bringing funding back to the district for projects in the county and we would love to find ways to support Lealman in some of their infrastructure or social service needs,” said Rep. Cross. “I want to get invited to community events so I can see firsthand what they’re excited about and how we can work to better their community.”
Rep. Cross pointed to successful events like the recent Farm Share food drive at the Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center, which helped 800 families receive food, essential supplies and support.
You can contact Representative Lindsay Cross in her St. Petersburg office at (727) 552-2747 or by sending an email via this online form.