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Sign up for the Fall Police Academy

The St. Petersburg Citizen’s Police Academy will begin on October 11, 2016 at Police Headquarters, 1300 First Avenue North. Class will be every Tuesday night (6:00pm to 9:00pm) through December 6, 2016.

There is no cost to attend but seating is limited.

This is a great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and develop a better understanding of the realities of police work.

Students will learn what happens when you call for a police officer, discover how to process a crime scene, meet a police K-9 team, see a SWAT Team in action, and learn what to do in an active shooter emergency.

Most of the instruction will take place in a classroom setting, but participants can expect to go hands-on during some practical exercises.

City residents and those who work in the City are invited to apply. All attendees must be 18 years of age and pass a background check.

Visit our website at http://police.stpete.org/crime-prevention/citizens-police-academy.html to download the registration form.

You can download the form, fill it out, and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or print the form, fill it out, and mail to:

  • St. Petersburg Police Department
      • Attn: Samantha Meservey
          • 1300 1st Ave N., St. Petersburg FL 33705

Lock it or lose it ! ! !

Please, please make sure your car, house & garage doors remain locked & closed - even in the daytime. We have so much traffic with construction, utility, service, etc. people riding through our neighborhood & we KNOW that at night there are those out looking for opportunities, checking for unlocked cars, valuables or bicycles to steal. The police remind us routinely to “LOCK IT OR LOSE IT” & there has been a surge of car break-ins & thefts in our area that can often be avoided by simply keeping it locked up! Please remove keys, electronics & especially guns from cars as those provide an all-too-easy chance for you to become a victim!

p>If we all work together, we can make sure there are no crimes of opportunity in OUR neighborhood & then the thieves won’t come back, they’ll find easier prey elsewhere. Stay Safe.

Reclaimed Water Update

South Pinellas County Reclaimed Water customer message – July 13, 2016

Update on reclaimed water service from Pinellas County Utilities: Due to record high usage, some customers may experience periods of low pressure when irrigating their lawns. This low pressure is the result of a large number of customers attempting to water during the same time, typically in the early morning hours between 2 to 6:30 a.m.

Pinellas County Utilities asks you to partner with us to alleviate issues you may be experiencing with reclaimed water pressure. One solution is to try watering at a different time of day. If you have any questions, call customer service at 727-464-4000. We're excited to help you improve your community.

Gator Alert from Councilman Ed Montanari

Snell Isle resident Bonnie Hargrett informed me that we have a 6-8 foot alligator possibly living in a storm drain pipe on Coffee Pot Drive by the Masonic Home. The alligator is frequently seen in Coffee Pot Bayou and may be going down towards Bird Island to feed.

The City and FWC are working to trap the alligator, and I have asked Parks and Rec to place a sign up at Northeast Exchange Club Park. The sign was put up earlier today. I have also requested that our Marketing Department get some information up on our website concerning the dangers of alligators.

Please inform Snell Isle residents about the alligator, and the need to stay away from it. If we have any luck in trapping it, I will let you know.

Thank you for all that you do for our neighborhood. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely, Ed Montanari, City Council - District 3, City of St. Petersburg

Gator Alert Update

Spoke with the alligator trapper yesterday &, as you might imagine, his job is very tricky, even more so due to the animal being in the bayou & not on land! The permit that FL Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) issues is only for his capture of the gator on the property of the person who requested their service! However, since so many of us have seen him swimming in the bayou, & we think it is the same one, anyone who has witnessed him & wishes to report it under that same permit # under which that the original report went in can contact FWC to “enjoin” that report. (Call Bonnie Hargrett for the contact info.)

It is very difficult for him to catch this gator. We thought the gator likely lived on one of the Vinoy Golf Course’s fresh water holes but, according to Randy Mosely, the Vinoy Golf Manager, he does not. So finding where he “lives” outside the bayou is part of the trapper’s work since it’s much easier to trap him on land rather than water! And 5’ is the length after which he should be taken out - professionally of course! There is some question as to the size of this gator. I told the trapper yesterday the one I’d seen was likely 7-8’. I sent him 2 pictures neighbors had sent me that I included in some previous Alerts I’d circulated

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As you can well imagine, immediately after the child’s death in the Orlando Disney Park, FWC was called for literally HUNDREDS of gator reports - many for 2-3 foot gators…not something which is their priority. FWC is trying to capture gators over 5 ft. And in our case, they certainly don’t want to “catch” a pet with their trap so they use extreme caution in placing them. Their permit, issued on June 17th, is good for 35 days. So this trapper is still actively “working” our case but I did want to give everyone an update. Gators, like most animals, tend to feed at dawn & at dusk & that’s when most folks have seen him in the bayou. Thus far, he’s been seen off the open waters of Brightwaters, just inside the Snell Isle Bridge, in Sunset Cove (behind Coffee Pot Estates) & in the bayou near the the houses in the 1100 - 1300 block of Monterey.

PLEASE USE CAUTION WHEN OUT ON THE WATER…especially on flat boards or kayaks. We will continue to keep you posted on the status.

Vote St. Pete as No. 1 Top Ten Town for Craft Lovers

St. Petersburg wants your votes as it runs for re-election as the No. 1 Top 10 Town for Craft Lovers in this year's American Craft Week poll. Last year, St. Petersburg edged Brattleboro, VT, to win the title of No. 1 Top 10 Town for Craft Lovers.

Art-loving citizens, visitors and members of St. Petersburg's arts community are all encouraged to cast votes daily at http://americancraftweek.com/ before the polls close Sunday, July 17. Results will be announced in the fall. For more information on American Craft Week or to cast a vote, visit http://americancraftweek.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/americancraftweekstpete.

This year, American Craft Week, which is dedicated to showcasing the nation's top craft towns and fine craft artists, has been extended an additional seven days, from October 1-16. In preparation for American Craft Week, St. Petersburg's offers art lovers and collectors many exhibitions of fine craft art for viewing or purchase at the Museum of Fine Arts, The Dali, Chihuly Collection, Florida CraftArt, the Morean Arts Center, and several of the city's independent art galleries.

Happy Father's Day

We want to wish all our fathers a very Happy Father’s Day this Sunday. Thank you for all you have done for us and please keep helping us to become better and better persons.

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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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