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Coffee Pot Bayou Clean Up

Coffee Pot Bayou Water Alliance At Work

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.

If you have not volunteered at this event before, please drop a note to Bonnie Hargrett so she can plan for supplies; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you on May 7th!

Water Treatment Facility Open Houses

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!

Earth Month - What You Can Do

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.

Plant Trees.

Eat Local.

Recycle What You Can.

Don't Drive Alone.

Take Shorter Showers.

Go Meat-Free.

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...

Green Thumb

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.

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 UTILITY RATE CHANGES IN THE WORKS

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 stpete.org/rates. 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 stpete.org/ratechanges

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.

Pelican Rescue

July 18th we rescued a pelican from Snell Harbor off of Cordova Blvd. The bird was in poor condition: entangled in fishing line, compound wing fracture, and bones were exposed. Our SPCA colleague made us aware that in all likelihood the bird would be euthanized as they could not heal this severe injury. If you catch a bird, do not cut your line and turn it loose, you doom the animal if you do this. FWC recommended procedure to take care of a hooked pelican (or other bird):

Put on glasses/sunglasses to protect your eyes. Reel the bird in slowly to reduce the risk of added injury. Or use a net to carefully lift the bird from the water. Fold the bird’s wings against its body and hold the beak firmly. Allow the beak to be open slightly to allow it to breathe. Cover its head and eyes with a towel or shirt to calm it. Clip the barb and back the hook out. If the bird is severely injured, has swallowed a hook, or you are unable to deal with the problem, call a bird rescuer, such as Helping Hands Animal Rescue: 727.365.4592.

When fishing, avoid casting into projecting mangrove branches, there is high probability the line will become entangled and pose a trap to birds. If you see line in mangroves and other structures please remove it. The Brown Pelican is the Iconic symbol of Saint Petersburg, let’s all do our part to be good stewards and care of birds that need help.

Thank you Walt Jaap, Coffeepot Bayou Watershed Alliance

SIPOA Business Showcase May 14 - 6PM

In a further effort to engage our community and all the residents of Snell Isle, the SIPOA Board of Directors has organized a BUSINESS SHOWCASE on May 14th at 6:00 PM at the Women’s Club on Snell Isle Blvd. There will be free delicious food catered by Harvey’s 4th Street Grill and beverages available for everyone, along with speakers and vendors of various goods and services who will provide information and literature about their respective companies. This will be an informal gathering intended to benefit Snell Isle and the members of the Association. We are asking that everyone show up promptly by 6:00 PM as we have a full agenda is planned.

Flock Camera Systems (Neighborhood wireless security system consultants) will be our featured speaker for the evening and will do a slide show presentation followed by Q&A. Putting tag-reader cameras at all entrances and exits to Snell Isle is an option we will be discussing in open forum. Additionally, we anticipate having the following vendors on site for folks to review their services and ask questions; they too will have an opportunity to speak in front of the membership…

1) Dynamic Outdoor Spaces

2) Happy Healthy Roots – Nutritional

3) Premier Paver Restoration

4) Canterbury School

5) North Shore Elementary School

6) Budget Blinds

7) Dr. Stuart Pollack – Chiropractor

8) Bayview Wealth Group

9) NE Animal Hospital

10) Lightning Funding - Mortgages

We look forward to an entertaining and informative event and invite all our residents to join us for what will surely be an enjoyable evening where we can socialize, eat, drink and engage with local businesses from our community. It’s an event you surely don’t want to miss!

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.

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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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