Santa made a brief stop at Snell Isle last night. So many families came by in anticipation of getting a few minutes with the jolly man in red. And there were the photo opps. So many of them. We had grandparents snapping pictures on their phones, parents bringing reluctant children forward, many kids who bravely sat on Santa's lap and those who felt more comfortable approaching the jolly fellow from behind.
Many enjoyed cookies, egg nog and hot chocolate while they waited to see the seasonal star. We saw some decorated golf carts and many festive outfits.
Thanks to the SIPOA Board for coordinating this event, and for those of you who came out to participate. The Board wishes everyone a wonderful Holiday, wherever you are and whenever you are celebrating.
Photos courtesy of Kristin Bitter
Want to leave a legacy in the community you love? Snell Isle homeowners are now able to purchase a commemorative or memorial engraved brick for installation at the fountain area at the main Snell Isle entrance.
This Snell Isle Property Owners Association (SIPOA) brick fundraiser will support many beautification projects including; replacement of the shrubs in the parkway area in front of the Vinoy. A future planned project is the placement of a Snell Isle sign near Overlook Park - crossing the bridge from Shore Acres to Snell Isle.
The laser engraved bricks cost $135 each and last a lifetime. You can commemorate or memorialize a special person, family, pet, occasion, or achievement.
Engrave a commemorative brick in your name or the name of a loved one,
honor a soldier or veteran, honor a firefighter or police officer, in memory of a special person in your life, honor a teacher or student, recognize your school or church, mark a special date in your life (graduation, birthday, baptism, communion, anniversary, or wedding)
The possibilities are endless!
Place your order here: https://polarengraving.com/sipoa
You've likely noticed the political yard signs popping up around town. Our neighbor, Bonnie Hargrett, has once again currated some helpful reources for us to review prior to the August election:
As you likely know, our next election is August 23rd. Florida is a Closed Primary State meaning if you are a registered Democrat, you will receive the Democratic ballot. Likewise, if you are a registered Republican, you will receive the Republican ballot. There is also the NonPartisan (neither party) races which will be included on both ballots. If you are not registered to either party, you will still be given the Nonpartisan ballot to vote on Judges, School Board candidates. At-Large State and County Commission races. If you’d like to review the candidates on each of these, click this link below...
To get other information regarding your voting status, address information, precinct information, etc., go to this link…
Stay informed and make sure you know which candidates in each election represent your views whether the race is Nonpartisan or not. Again, all Judges and School Board candidates are Nonpartisan, representing neither party.
Snell Isle families participated in a festive July 4th parade around the Old Northeast. Fife and drum, along with local sports team mascots and fire trucks added to the fun. Read more in the upcoming August Panther.
Thanks to Bonnie Hargratt for capturing the event!
Mark your calendar for our next Coffee Pot Bayou Water Alliance Clean Up scheduled for Saturday, May 7th. Our meet-up location is the corner of Coffee Pot Drive and Oak Street and we’ll work from 9 - noon. We’ll clean the fringe of the bayou (pictured above) in front of Coffee Pot Drive plus the Masonic Home’s fringe on over to Coffee Pot Park, down Coffee Pot Blvd to the tennis courts. We’ll also clean the Brightwaters to Maron 2-block stretch which accumulates lots of palm fronds, behind the Woman’s Club, too. We hope to have both boats and kayaks in the water cleaning debris from the water side.
An exciting addition to our clean up is a new group called the SCUBI JEWS which is a Jewish organization (Hillels of the Florida Suncoast) whose work is done exclusively underwater, something we’ve never done before. We look forward to all making a huge difference to our environment once again and will have a City provided dumpster for all the debris we collect.
Under the category of cool things to do that I never knew I had access to...
Did you know that the Water Treatment Facility hosted Open Houses? Well, they do! The public is invited to get a behind-the-scenes look into the work that goes into keeping St. Pete flowing at the City's water treatment facilities. Attendees can expect to learn about drinking water sourcing and processing at the Cosme Water Treatment Plant in Odessa and how wastewater becomes reclaimed water at one of the three reclaimed water treatment facilities in St. Petersburg.
Plant operators and City staff will lead tours to show the flow of water from beginning to end and answer questions. Tours will begin hourly at 9 a.m. with the last tour starting at 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Southwest Water Reclamation Facility
3800 54th Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cosme Water Treatment Plant
16015 Race Track Rd.
Odessa, FL 33556
Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Northeast Water Reclamation Facility
1160 62nd Ave. NE.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Northwest Water Reclamation Facility
7500 26th Ave. N
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
The majority of the tour is outdoors and is a walking tour. Attendees should plan to be in the sun and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Facilities are not ADA accessible by default, however reasonable accommodations can be made by calling the Water Resources Department at 727-893-7261. A driver’s license or state photo ID is required for entry and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Details and additional open house dates can be found at stpete.org/WaterOpenHouse
So grab your kids and make a memorable, learning day when you attend the Water Treatment Open House!
Celebrating our planet earth happens every day of the year but you likely know that Earth Month is April. Every year on April 22nd, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. You can look up online sites to get suggestions and ideas for what YOU can do in observance of Earth Day. Here’s a few to consider...
1. Earth Day: The Official Site | https://www.EARTHDAY.ORG
Visit the official Earth Day site to learn about the world's largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day.
2. 15 Earth Day Tips to Support the Environment & Stop Climate Change
Avoid Plastic Disposables.
Volunteer to Clean Up.
Recycle What You Can.
Don't Drive Alone.
Take Shorter Showers.
Unplug your devices.
Donate your money to a “green” cause.
Donate your time.
Donate your belongings.
Join Earth Day’s Network campaigns.
Share your Earth Day tips.
Don’t stop after Earth Day.
To read more about these 15 suggestions, go to https://www.goodwall.io/blog/earth-day-tips/
3. Here’s a wonderful St. Petersburg event that is very popular year-after-year...
4/23/2022 & 4/24/2022
9am-4pm both days
7891 26TH AVE. N ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33710
WALTER FULLER PARK 7891 26TH AVE. N ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33710
St. Petersburg's annual Green Thumb Festival, brings together plant and flower lovers, as well as, individuals and families looking for a fun weekend activity. With more than 120 garden, plant and flower vendors and exhibitors, the annual event brings the community together for a weekend of fun. This two-day event will provide more than 200 educational and environmental exhibits, vendors and workshops. The festival continues to be free of charge. Find more information here: http://www.stpeteparksrec.org.
If each of us selects just ONE THING we can actively do to be more mindful of resources to help our environment, that’s one small step. But if each of us does just ONE THING, we’ll have made a HUGE, POSITIVE DIFFERENCE.