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Vehicle Burglaries and New Codes Investigator

Vehicle Burglaries

(Message from Ed Montanari, your City Councilman, District 3 Last night our city had a rash of vehicle burglaries, including on Snell Isle and Shore Acres. SPPD is actively working on the issue. Some of the cars were unlocked, some windows were broken. The burglaries happened throughout the city, not just in NE St Petersburg.


(From SIPOA) Do NOT leave anything of value in your car. Lock your car doors. Close all windows. Remove ALL your valuables and any keys. Also, please turn on all your outside lights. Report anything suspicious immediately to the Police Department. Please do not become a target.

Snell Isle’s new Codes Investigator – Margie Nichols

(Message from Rob Gerdes, Director Codes Compliance) I would like to inform you of code investigator changes in your districts. Nick Shears, the investigator in the Shore Acres/Snell Isle area had to resign his position as he was called to active military duty. As a result, we will be moving Margie Nichols from the Tyrone area to the Shore Acres/Snell Isle area. Margie is an experienced investigator and we believe she will be a good fit. Margie’s phone number is 892-5168 and her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tips for a safe Halloween

Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids, but a worrisome one for parents. Concerns about children's safety--whether they are out in the neighborhood or back home with bags of booty--can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. But not to worry! To make Halloween a treat, follow these safety tips.


  • Make sure the path to your door is clear, welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and turn on any exterior lights.
  • Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately. Call 9-1-1.
  • Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.


Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks, darting out into traffic.


  • Make sure your kids dress up safely
  • Make sure costumes are flame retardant so children aren't in danger near burning jack-o-lanterns.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and other bumps in the night.
  • Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's vision, a dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up and down steps.
  • Make sure kids wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Make trick-or-treating trouble free
  • Create a map of a safe trick-or treating route and set a time limit for your children to “trick-or-treat”.
  • Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups so they aren't a tempting target for real-life goblins. Parents should accompany young children.
  • Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so you will know where they are going. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
  • Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while it's still light out. If it's dark, make sure someone has a flashlight, add reflective tape to costumes and bags, and pick well-lighted streets.
  • Do not go inside anyone’s home. Remain on the porch at all times.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers and be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not.
      • Remind kids to keep a safe distance from moving cars.
      • Cross only at street corners, never between parked cars, and never diagonally across an intersection.
      • Look in all directions before crossing the street, and obey all traffic signals. Walk, never run, across the street, and use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
      • Do not take shortcuts through back yards, alleys or parks.
      • Do not eat any treats until parents have inspected them.
      • Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
      • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
      • Check all treats before eating
      • It's hard for kids to hold back from eating their treats until they get home. One way to keep trick-or-treaters from digging in while they're still out is to feed them a meal or a snack beforehand.
      • Check out all candy in a well-lighted place when your trick-or-treater gets home.
      • What to eat? Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious. By all means remind kids not to eat everything at once or they'll be feeling pretty ghoulish for while!
      • Halloween can be a lot of fun for parents and kids alike--if everybody remembers the tricks and treats of playing it safe.

      COSTUMES etc:

      • A note to parents:
      • Make sure your children’s costumes are not flammable.
      • Do not permit your children to wear cumbersome, floor length or vision-impairing costumes.
      • Reflectorized stripes make your costume more visible.
      • In lieu of masks, we recommend face make up.
      • Wear comfortable, safe shoes.

      CALL 9-1-1 if you suspect any tainted candy.

Oktoberfest and Halloween Howl - Oct. 27 at 6PM

Come one, come all … Snell Isle’s ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST & HALLOWEEN HOWL this Thursday night at the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club - 40 Snell Isle Blvd.

It starts at 6PM and there will be hot dogs, chips and drinks for all. Bring the children in their Halloween costumes and plan on some fun, fun, fun and games too. Hope to see you there - you don’t want to miss it!

Important Message from our friends at SPPD

Criminal activity involves three basic premises:

  • Desire,
  • Ability,
  • and Opportunity.
Of these three, we can only control one: Opportunity. It is therefore vital to our communities that we reduce and hopefully eliminate the OPPORTUNITY from us being targeted for crime. We have been speaking and posting for months about Vehicle Burglaries occurring throughout our city, yet the message is being repeated again. Please take the time and the few extra seconds or minutes to verify that all of your doors are locked, windows are secured, and no valuables are left behind. Remove all electronics, firearms, currency, and place them into a more secure location. Help us eliminate the OPPORTUNITY.

Reggie Miller, St. Petersburg Police Department

From SIPOA: Please understand that when YOU forget to lock it up and are the victim of a burglary, it invites those undesirables to come into your neighborhood once again to see what else they can heist. PLEASE . . . stop and take that extra minute to prevent being a victim & increasing the likelihood of the thugs returning for more. Without any doubt, car doors are being checked every single night throughout our neighborhood by these thugs roaming and looking for opportunity. NEVER leave your car unlocked or with valuables unless you don’t mind losing them. THANK YOU for helping to keep us all safe!

Solar Coop Info Session

We all know the Solar issue is a hot button in our State! With the Energy companies wanting to sway us one way, there is a strong move afoot to inform the populous of options that are NOT involving the Energy companies controlling that issue. Please consider coming to this very important & informative meeting. We will have a vote on the November ballot & you need to be very aware. We all know those Amendments on Election Day are not easily understood &, if you aren’t aware of how that wording can be so confounding, you may vote opposite the way you mean to. Please consider coming to this meeting this Thursday evening! Don’t forget to sign up if you plan to attend…

Solar Coop Information Session on Thursday, Sep 15, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg 100 Mirror Lake Dr. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Our Solar-Coop is off to a great start with 151 people already signed up. We want more participants—our goal is 200. We’re the Sunshine City! We need your help to get the word out.

We’re holding an information session on Thursday, September 15, at the Unitarian Church on Mirror Lake from 5-7 pm. Please come, and tell all your friends and neighbors to join us. If you are a member of a group, such as a neighborhood organization, a church group, or a homeowners association, please forward this information so we reach everyone who may be interested in solar panels for their rooftops. We’re saving on our installations by participating in this co-op, and with solar panels, we’ll save on our electric bills too. The Co-Op has great support from FL SUN (Florida Solar United Neighborhoods).

Sign up today for the event, or just get it on your calendar and come.

If you can't make the event, but are interested in the co-op, sign up here to learn more. You are not making a commitment to buy solar by adding your name to the list.

The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area and the State League, along with FL Sun and the Suncoast Sierra Club, are proud to participate in this project, which is going statewide.

Message from SPPD - Vehicle Burglaries

Neighborhood Presidents and Members of Shore Acres, Venetian Isle, and Snell Isle.

During the overnight hours of Sep 4, there were 5 vehicles burglaries occurring on Bayou Grande NE and 1 on Kentucky Av NE. A few were left unlocked and a few of the victims had their windows smashed where valuables, including a firearm located in a box on the floorboard of a vehicle, were left in plain view.

Please send an email out to your residents if possible reminding them to secure their vehicles, remove valuables, remove valet keys, and call the Police Department reference any suspicious activity occurring immediately at 727-893-7780. There are no suspects at this time.

Officers will be conducted Vehicle Burglary Directed Patrols (High Visibility Patrol to Deter Vehicle Burglaries) in the area.

Thank you

A/Sgt. Courtney Parker, St. Petersburg Police Department, Community Service Unit - District II 727-742-6669 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wed Aug 31 Storm TD 9 Update

The Emergency Management Office is currently monitoring a Tropical Depression in the Gulf of Mexico that is anticipated to bring severe weather to the City of St. Petersburg beginning early Thursday morning into Friday.

What’s Happening: Tropical Depression 9 is expected to intensify to tropical storm level later today before it makes a turn to the northeast. Current forecasts anticipate landfall in the Big Bend area sometime Thursday as a strong tropical storm. Pinellas County will begin experiencing rain impacts on Wednesday, with rain bands and winds 25 mph with 45 mph gusts. Rainfall totals may exceed 10” in coastal areas.

Pinellas County remains in the three-day cone of track forecast uncertainty. Current forecasts call for the system to make landfall as a mid-level tropical storm. There is high confidence in the storm track, but lower confidence in storm intensity. On the current forecast track, our area may start to feel impacts from the storm as rain starting Wednesday, with storm-related rain bands and tropical storm force winds possible early Thursday. There are NO watches or warnings for our area at this time.

Impact on St. Petersburg:

  • If it continues on the current predicted track and at the predicted speed, TD9 should take a turn toward Tampa Bay by Wednesday
    • We could begin to feel the effects of the storm late tomorrow night with heavy rainfall.
  • Up to 10” of rain may fall between now and Friday, September 2.
  • Storm tides are expected to be 1’-3’ above normal forecast levels. Since we are close to a new moon, normal tides will be unusually high. This may result in coastal flooding.
  • Rip Current concerns will increase as the storm approaches.

What St. Petersburg is Doing:

The Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the storm closely and preparing for tropical storm formation. Please note the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is not activated at this time. The following actions have taken place or are in motion:

Sandbags are available today until 8pm today and tomorrow from 9am to 5pm, weather permitting, at the following locations:

  • Northeast Park, 875 62nd Avenue NE. (located at the Cardinal Drive entrance to Mangrove Bay Golf Course)
  • Bartlett Park (Frank W. Pierce Recreation Center), 22nd Avenue S. between Sixth and Seventh Streets

The City is staging signage at the following flood prone locations to warn about potential hazardous flood conditions:

  • 100 block of 83rd Ave N
  • 62nd Ave. N / 16th St NE (Shore Acres)
  • 40th Ave NE / Shore Acres Blvd
  • Coffee Pot Bridge

Should the need arise, a shelter will be opened for citizens who may be affected by potential flooding. The shelter will be located at Northside Baptist Church, 6000 38th Avenue North. The decision to open such a shelter may not come until Wednesday and will be decided by Pinellas County Emergency Management.

The City will activate a Joint Operations Center at Fire Headquarters with Fire, PD, Stormwater, Pavement, and Traffic Ops, and Leisure Services beginning Thursday morning at 5am thru Friday afternoon (hours/days will be adjusted accordingly) to ensure a proper response to and recovery from TD9.

The City’s Office of Emergency Management is attending twice daily conference calls with the County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the storm’s track, possible affects, and aid in the decision making process for County activities.

What to Expect:

  • At this time there is no plans to close City offices.
  • The Pinellas County School Board will be meeting with County Emergency Management tomorrow afternoon to decide if public schools will be closed on Thursday.
  • Pinellas County will be activing their Citizens Information Center (CIC) from 1pm to 6pm tomorrow afternoon.
  • The National Hurricane Center is issuing TD9 updates at the 11 and 5 o’clock hours.
  • EM will continue to monitor the situation and will send out another Sitrep as more information becomes available.

Recommended Actions:

Any Emergency Critical personnel should begin taking appropriate actions to ready their preparedness plans and report for duty, should the need arise. Monitor the weather reports on a regular basis; here are some websites to review:

  • (tropical storms/hurricanes only)

Monitor St. Petersburg and Pinellas County social media sites:


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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