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Summer Programs

Numerous St. Petersburg museums offer summer programs that you may want to look into. For sure the James Museum (892-4200), Museum of Fine Arts (896-2667), The Dali (823-3767), Imagine Museum (300-1700), Morean Art Center (822-7872), American Stage (823-7529), Practically Pikasso (822-5204) and these are just the few that come to mind. I’m certain there are many others as well.

Additionally, the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of summer camps, including elementary and middle school camps, aquatics camps, tech camps and a therapeutic recreation camp, that provides youth with a chance to experience something new at an affordable price. Summer Camps run Monday, June 3, through Friday, August 9. Times for camps vary. Fee assistance is available for those who qualify. Visit www.stpeteparksrec.org/camps to learn more and to view our summer camp guide. Come play, learn and explore with us! For questions regarding the City’s programs, contact Lynn Bittner, Parks and Recreation Manager, at either 893-7571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I hope these resources will provide ideas and opportunities for the upcoming summer! Bonnie Hargrett, SIPOA President

Thank you Volunteers - Coffee Pot Bayou Cleanup

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who worked so very hard on the Coffee Pot Bayou cleanup. The results are awesome. We really, really appreciate all that you did.

To help us first with the prep work, the City provided three very skilled men and two machines to remove the big trees and vines from the easement area. They did a phenomenal job and the volume removed is impressive.

Thanks to our 50+ volunteers who did a super cleanup job. Lakewood, Osceola, Northshore School, Shorecrest, Old NE, Snell Isle, St Thomas Church, Coffee Pot Drive homeowners and the Boy Scouts. The volunteers from Scout troop 219 and the Shorecrest School Science Club were heroes. The college students from Eckerd did a great job in clearing the small debris from the just cleared area. Northshore School, the honor student from Seminole HS and some local residents all worked hard. Wanda got cleaned out twice and the dumpster was a godsend for lots of little stuff. Also, thanks to KPB who provided great support with tools and shirts and food cards from Chick-Fil-A. We had a great group of volunteers. That’s how the neighborhood comes together. Thank you.

VISIONS OF SNELL ISLE

As Snell Isle developed over the years it has progressed from its early beginnings and the vision Perry Snell had for it almost a century ago. Of the unique features that comprise the Isle there are fourteen different pocket parks that can be found at various locations. Many of you probably have never even heard the phrase “pocket park” or even know what it means. I know I didn’t until very recently, so I took it upon myself to visit them and learn what I could about them in an effort to educate myself. However, even with on line research tools, I was unable to find much written about them, though I did find some pictures of the more well know ones, including Snell Isle Parkway on Snell Isle Blvd. across from the golf course. Many are much smaller and may go unnoticed if you don’t look for them, but one in particular should come to mind, and that is the one located on the right side of Snell Isle Blvd. as you cross over the bridge from Coffee Pot Blvd.; that is the Cherub water spout which has recently undergone a wonderful transformation. All should take notice that the fountain has been repaired and the landscaping has been totally refurbished. Many thanks to the SIPOA Board who have all contributed their own funds allocated for beautification as part of our yearly dues. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the locations of the rest of these mini parks:

These 6 larger Snell Isle parks have benches for the enjoyment of all residents:

Snell Isle Entrance Fountain

Snell Isle Parkway

Brightwaters Park

Coffee Pot Riviera Park, known as Pete’s Park

Monterey Point Pocket Park

Maple & 34th Ave NE Traffic Circle

These smaller “green spaces” you might have passed by and hardly noticed...

Coffee Pot Riviera & Monterey Blvd small traffic island

Traffic Circle at Monterey Blvd & Almedo Way

Snell Isle Estates Bridge area

Brightwaters Circle Bridge area

Entrance to Snell Harbor Drive

Brick triangle area at Giralda & Brightwaters

Snell Harbor Drive green space by the panther

Coffee Pot Riviera Entrance Walls

Now, although I was unable to find much to go on regarding specific historical accounts of the pocket parks, I did find a wonderful little piece written by Perry Snell back in 1926, after viewing magnificent scenes in various parts of the world. He came home to write as follows:

“It is the memory of these beautiful scenes that encourages one to lend some romantic touch to our local scene. At Snell Isle, I am endeavoring to lend a foreign note to match the warmth and balm of our sunshine. I see a vision of loveliness at this gateway to St. Petersburg. Domes and towers will hold sway on this fair Isle, and the colors of the Orient established an outpost in our Sunshine City. I may even approach the vistas of Paris, the domes of the Orient, the color of Italy and the charm of Spain. In the layout of the Avenues, Parks and Villas; something to suggest unimagined splendors and unwanted joys, the green lawns that satisfied, the curve of the new façade, the glint of fountains, the classic glimpse of statuary, the mysticism of the picturesque Riviera, the romantic view of lagoons and canals with the subtle witchery of the old world Venetian buildings, all minister to my fancies and lead me upward to achievement.

I see these things accomplished at Snell Isle, the Pearl of Pinellas, the brilliancy and gayety of Florida at its best, warmed by the golden sunshine, surrounded by laughing waters amid flowers in bloom and waiving palms. Other scenes to me will not have greater charm.”

Apparently, Perry Snell was not only a visionary developer, but also a true romantic as well as a great poet. And through these words of his, I began to understand. In the early homes he built on Snell Isle he incorporated beauty from around the world and brought it to his little slice of heaven. The pocket parks were another part of that vision. Places one could come to for a chance to sit and contemplate the beauty and uniqueness of the surroundings and to just appreciate the moment. The oft used Latin phrase Carpe Diem, (seize the day) or better yet, Carpe Momentum (seize the moment) comes to mind and is perhaps apropos. Snell would have appreciated a foreign phrase to help define his quest for serenity and bliss among the surroundings of his creation.

So, for all of you who have never heard of a pocket park, or have simply driven by one of these little cutouts that populate our locale, please take a stroll, a moment, perhaps a deep breath and sit by one for a while as you become a part of, and appreciate, a wonderful piece of our history.

Please Protect the Manatees

Message from Snell Isle President

I would ask everyone to please be mindful of our need to protect these gentle giants, our manatee population. They have no means to protect themselves so it’s all up to us. Many manatees enjoy Coffee Pot Bayou since it’s a NO WAKE ZONE and most who enjoy this waterway observe those rules. The FFWC say to maintain 50 yards and do not approach.

Sunset Cove, the “inlet” inside Coffee Pot Bayou is a protected area and nursing calves, with their mother, live in this area. In May, Mama Manatee reacquaints with her 4-5 suitors but prior to that time, Sunset Cove is their home. Earlier today, this area had 7 kayakers, 2 paddle boarders and 2 small power boats very close to the big tail flipping of all of the above manatee activity. They are very inquisitive and will stop their intended behavior to see what is approaching.

Many new residents and visitors to our area of course mean no harm but getting too close does just that. It scares the manatee and changes their natural behavior. The waters in our State of Florida, the environment they love, lost many, many manatees to boat incidents and red tide this past year and we need to do all we can to help protect them. Many of us who live on the water post signs to PROTECT the MANATEE and STAY AWAY. Please share the message. Thanks for your help!

Bonnie Hargrett Your Snell Isle President

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About Snell Isle

image Snell Isle is home to the historic The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, one of the Nation's premier golf courses.
image Our tropical surroundings provide waterfront vistas for most residents. Over 80% of the homes on Snell Isle enjoy waterfront views.
image In 1920, local developer C. Perry Snell began construction on what was originally, a muddy mangrove island.

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