- Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:46
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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.
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
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.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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.
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
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!
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
Snell Isle Entrance Fountain
Snell Isle Parkway
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.