Published: Friday, 24 February 2017 14:42
On Monday, one of our residents saw a fairly large alligator just off her dock, near the end of Coffee Pot Bayou (in the 1300 block of Monterey Blvd). The homeowner thought the gator was tracking a manatee. A call was made to Fish & Wildlife.
Please be alert and aware especially if you canoe or kayak in the waters around Snell Isle. Please remember to keep small children and pets AWAY from the water’s edge!
Stay safe and please watch out for one another. If you sight an alligator, please call Fish and Wildlife at 866-392-4286 to report time and location of sighting. DO NOT APPROACH THE GATOR – just make the call and then let your neighbors know too.
Published: Thursday, 10 November 2016 11:43
Wastewater Improvement Plan
Message from Mayor Rick Kriseman:
You already know that during recent rain events, St. Petersburg was forced to discharge wastewater into Tampa Bay. We’ve also had spills, including most recently at our Northwest plant. Like you, I don’t think these discharges or spills are acceptable.
Working with Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley, I have come up with an aggressive, bold plan to address this issue, and mitigate further discharges and spills into Tampa Bay.
Our goals are to:
- Increase capacity at our existing plants.
- Line and seal targeted pipes and manholes.
- Engineer enough redundancy to sustain operations for two weeks should one of our three plants go offline or be otherwise rendered inoperable in a crisis situation.
- Operate totally within the rules and guidelines of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, even during a crisis.
With respect to climate change, we can anticipate more extreme events like Hurricane Hermine. We also know that sea level rise will have an impact on our underground pipes as well as our three existing treatment plants. Our Public Works team will put a contingency plan in place to address those critical issues.
None of this can be done overnight, and it will be expensive. But, I have heard from many of you, and agree when you say, “do whatever it takes.”
My plan calls for an estimated investment of $304 million on projects through 2021. Some of this money has already been budgeted. But we will need an additional $142 million to get the job done. Our short-term projects will take about two years. We should be completed with this plan in five years. Fortunately, a healthy economy makes this important investment feasible, without any immediate need to reprioritize other unrelated city advances.
However, it is important to note, between now and then, if we get another extreme rain event like Hurricane Hermine, we can likely expect more discharging into the bay. But if we invest in this plan, we will have a vastly improved sewer system in place by 2021. This is the most efficient, effective path toward a sustainable solution to our city’s sewer issues.
View the detailed plan at www.stpete.org/publicworksinfo
Published: Sunday, 06 November 2016 19:16
BLUE OCEAN FILM FESTIVAL TO DEBUT OVER 90 FILMS FROM 24 COUNTRIES NOV. 10-13 IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Leonardo DiCaprio's New Documentary "BEFORE THE FLOOD" Opening Night Film
The Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit will offer over 90 films from 24 countries November 10-13, 2016 in venues throughout the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. Visitors will enjoy events and screenings from the Mahaffey Theatre to the Palladium attracting filmmakers, photographers, scientists and celebrities from around the globe. Fun for all ages, topics range from educational about the dangers of plastics to sports oriented/entertainment featuring kite boarding. The winning "BEST OF THE FESTIVAL" film will be offered for free in North Straub Park on Sunday, Nov. 13th at 7 pm.
The special screening of Leonardo DiCaprio's new documentary "BEFORE THE FLOOD" is the festival's opening night film and will be followed by an After-Party taking place on Thursday, Nov. 10th at the Mahaffey Theater. St. Peterburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will be the guest speaker to welcome the international attendees at 7:30 pm.
Founded in 2009, BLUE alternates each year between Monaco and St. Petersburg, sparkling with ocean all-stars who spark change. BLUE is a fun-filled gathering of ocean-related films, breath-taking photography, inspiring keynotes, captivating art, thought-provoking panels, and more. A unique convergence of arts, science and entertainment, BLUE attracts global icons and a diverse public audience who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the world's most distinguished underwater filmmakers, photographers, scientists and conservation leaders.
The mission of BLUE is to use the power of film and visual media to raise awareness and inspire ocean stewardship around the globe.For