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Pinellas: Commission issues "Safer at Home" OrderCounty News List

*BCC extends local state of emergency and issues "Safer at Home" order.

*Residents are ordered to follow CDC guidelines, stay home as much as possible save for essential needs. *Non-essential businesses are ordered to close storefront operations and customer foot traffic unless they are able to comply with CDC guidelines. *Places of public assembly are ordered to close, including: movie theaters, museums, pool halls, bowling alleys, country clubs and others *County public parks will stay open; however, playgrounds within the parks will be closed.Pinellas: Commission issues "Safer at Home" OrderCounty News List

Full Order: Resolution 20-20

The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to pose a significant health risk to our community. As a result, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday extended its local state of emergency declaration another week and adopted a "Safer At Home" Order for individuals, business owners, and any place of public assembly to slow the spread of the virus. The Order is effective starting Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 12 p.m. and will continue so long as there is a declared local state of emergency in Pinellas.

"It's important for us to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections in Pinellas County while balancing the needs of our community and we are exercising every reasonable power to slow the spread," said Commission Chair Pat Gerard. "These actions, with the cooperation of our Pinellas residents and businesses, will help us prevent worse scenarios in the future."

What the order means:

RESIDENTS Pinellas residents are ordered to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines of social distancing (6 feet of separation from others and no group gatherings of more than 10), stay home as much as possible and limit non-essential activity. Residents can still leave their homes to meet essential needs such as food, healthcare, laundry and outdoor recreation. Essential activities include:

a.Direct care or support of family members

b.Healthcare and medical services

c.Pharmacies, health care supply stores, and health care facilities


e.Meal take-outs from local food establishments (including food banks)

f.Essential work duties that cannot be performed from home

g.Primary or emergency care or direct care support for a family member or relative

h.Banks and related financial institutions

i.Laundry services, laundromats

j.Essential home repairs and maintenance (lawn care, plumbing, roofing, etc.)

k.Outdoor activity while following CDC guidelines (examples include: walking pet, hiking, biking).

l.Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities

m.Gas stations, auto-supply and auto-repair facilities

PLACES OF ASSEMBLY Places that facilitate public assembly, whether indoors or outdoors are ordered to close to the public. This includes, places like public play grounds, publicly accessible children's play centers, bowling alleys, movies and other theaters, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations. Any gatherings involving groups of 10 or more will be told to disperse. County public parks will stay open, however all playgrounds within the park will be closed. For more information about parks visit

BUSINESSES Non-essential businesses are ordered to close storefront operations and customer foot traffic if they can't meet CDC guidelines. However, businesses may continue internal and minimum basic operations required to maintain the businesses. Businesses are still required to enforce the CDC social distancing guidelines.

Essential businesses may continue operations following the appropriate guidelines to the maximum extent possible. Essential businesses include the following:

-First Responders, Police and Fire, Jails and Prisons

-Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare operations

-Community based organizations providing meals and social services

-Human Service operations

-Garbage and Sanitation workers

-Transportation: including airports and public transportation such as PSTA

-Utilities, Public Works and essential infrastructure

-Critical trades: (Plumbers, Electricians, Exterminators, Security personnel, etc.)

-Government essential service workers

-Gas Stations

-Food: (grocery stores, food banks, restaurants: delivery, take-out or curbside delivery)

-Banks and financial institutions


-Funeral Services

-Hotel and lodging

-Hardware and supply stores

-Post offices and shipping services

Businesses that do not comply with the order will be subject to the appropriate enforcement action up to and including orders to close and criminal charges.

Additional information about the Stay at Home order will be posted regularly on Pinellas County's COVID-19 resource page:

Statuary Beautification Project Volunteers Needed

As Snell Isle property owners, I am sure we all care about our neighborhood, our safety and the beauty of our surroundings. One of the best ways to show you care is to become involved and volunteer. That way you can have a direct impact and get a real sense of accomplishment. Presently, we have an ongoing project and are currently in the process of cleaning and painting statues for which Snell Isle has 162 locations. All the 40 planters have already been cleaned, painted and planted but we have lions, panthers and griffins, some of which need primer and paint. Often neighbors ask to “adopt” a statue and spruce up a panther, lion or griffin. Perhaps there is one on your corner, or even on your property that you would like to volunteer to clean and paint.

SIPOA will supply all the materials, including everything you need from written instructions to rags, brushes, paint, gloves, drop cloths and more. This is an important project and we need a good number of volunteers because of all the statues that need to be painted. While our Board is doing all we can to improve Snell Isle, we can’t do it alone and must rely on our friends and neighbors to pitch in.

So, if you are interested in making a difference, and would like to get involved in our Statuary project, or any other project we have going on, please submit your name, and contact information to our communications chairman, Howard Pollack at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or call or text him at: (516) 356-0988.

To update our membership, I want to give a big shout out to all the volunteers who have already put in much time and effort helping clean, prime and paint our statues. Thank you to all of the following:

Bonnie Hargrett

Dr. George Stovall

Mike Kidwell

Cathy Arciold & Donnell Thomas

Donnell Thomas

Howard and Cindy Pollack

David, Kelli, Nathan, and Isabel Brown ( a whole family affair!)

Bob Jenkins

Kevin Bainbridge

Robert & Wynne Shapiro

Lee Hudson and Leila Hudson

On-Line Survey StPete2050

Take our online survey! StPete2050 is a city-wide conversation about where our city is going and what it can become over the next 30 years. As part of the visioning process, the goal of the first online survey is to gather feedback about city priorities, strengths, opportunities, needed improvement, and your hopes for the city’s future. To make sure your voice is heard, click the link below to take the survey and give us your feedback. Link: The community is an important part of this process and we want to hear from as many people as possible, so be sure to share the survey with your friends, family and neighbors. Upcoming community workshop events! Join us at one of three community workshop events to help kick-off the StPete2050 visioning process. Each event will include the same presentation and engagement activities, but have been scheduled to provide a variety of times and locations. Beginning with introductory remarks and a brief review of the existing Vision 2020 plan, these events will start exploring where we want to go as a city and outlining what to expect throughout the StPete2050 visioning process: Kick-off Meeting #1 November 7, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. James Museum, Mesa Hall 150 Central Avenue Kick-off Meeting #2 November 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Center for Health Equity 2333 34th Street South Kick-off Meeting #3 November 20, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. J.W. Cate Recreation Center 5801 22nd Avenue North For information on more ways to get involved, and to sign up for future emails and surveys please visit us at Best Regards, Derek S. Kilborn, Manager Urban Planning and Historic Preservation Division Planning & Development Services Department City of St. Petersburg O: 727-893-7872 E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please note all emails are subject to public records law.

Utility Bill Rate Changes

I encourage you to become familiar with potential rate changes to your St Pete Utility Bill. These changes have the potential to change the base amount you pay in your monthly invoice. Prior to St Pete considering making this change, all residential properties were considered “equal”and billed the same base amount. If the new rate tiering is approved, it will be based on the square footage of impervious surface area (surfaces that water runs off), so that a property’s fee more accurately reflects its impact to our stormwater system.

I hope you will click on the link below and, if you have questions, please call the number shown below. The City is making available these telephone resources to answer any and all questions you may have.

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St. Petersburg City Council will consider increases to water, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater and sanitation utility rates and charges. Meetings will be held at the Sunshine Center at 330 5th St. N.

First Reading is Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Public Hearing Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6 p.m. The proposed rate adjustments will be published at the First Reading and made available at If approved, any changes would take effect October 1, 2019.

City Council will be considering Stormwater tiered rate changes for adoption on October 1, 2019. Find more information and view your property’s impervious surface area measurement in the Stormwater Review and Appeals Portal at

Questions? Call 727-893-7280.

Please take advantage of these opportunities to review and understand the impact on your utility bill prior to any changes.

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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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