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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.

St. Pete Run Fest, 11/18

St. Pete Run Fest is coming, November 18. Come out and cheer or sign up to run!

St. Petersburg Water Resources

St. Petersburg Water Resources

Communications Manager Bill Logan

Snell Isle Lift Station Repairs Community Meeting set to discuss plans

St. Petersburg, Fla. (October 4, 2018)
Infrastructure improvement work on the City’s Lift Station No. 11 -- located at intersection of Snell Isle Boulevard NE and Barrett Boulevard NE -- is slated to begin within the next few months (right after the holiday season) and should be completed within 8 months.

All work will be performed at the lift station -- which is an integral part of the municipal sanitary sewer system transferring waste to the City’s three Water Reclamation Facilities. The gravity flow sewage is pumped into a sewer force main in the lift station. The force main (under pressure) transports sewage directly to the wastewater treatment plant or through other lift stations to the plant. This station will be rehabilitated with a replacement of pumps, underground piping, valves and electrical controls as they are near the end of their service life.

The proposed plans for this project will be available for review during an informational open house on October 30, 2018, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Sunset Ballroom of the Vinoy Golf Club located at 600 Snell Isle Blvd NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. City staff will be available to receive comments and to answer questions.

The City will work with the contractor to maintain service and minimize the potential for traffic disruptions and unnecessary inconveniences during the construction phase of this project. However, due to the location of new and existing underground utilities, it will be necessary to temporarily detour traffic for limited periods of time.

The contractor will be required to maintain access to residences affected by the construction activities. We thank neighbors and drivers in advance for their continued cooperation and assistance during the construction of this important project.

Please mark your calendars for this important meeting.

SPPD Weekly Update April 2-9, 2018

Snell Isle had 15 calls for service over the past week. There was 1 vehicle burglary to a workers truck who left it unlocked with his wallet inside. There were 2 grand thefts, 1 where the suspect is a room mate. The second had jewelry stolen and suspects the house cleaning company she hired. There were no other reported crimes.

We will post this weekly SPPD Update information as part of your Snell Isle Alerts. Please remember to lock it or lose it. If you see something, say something AND CALL the St. Pete Police Non-Emergency number 727-893-7780 immediately. Thank you for helping to keep Snell Isle a very safe community.

Officer Donald J. Herring, SPPD

Alligator Alert - Coffee Pot Bayou

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.

Wastewater Improvement Plan

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

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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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