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Storm Alert

SITUATION: 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 in the next few days.

What's Happening: At 11am today, Tropical Depression 9 (TD9) was located over western Cuba. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest at near 7 mph. This track is forecast to shift slightly toward the northwest, then midweek turn sharply northeast toward the Big Bend area of Florida. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. TD9 is forecast to intensify to a tropical storm later today. Pinellas County is now within 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 Tuesday into 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 could turn toward Tampa Bay by Wednesday.
  • We could begin to feel the effects of the storm in the coming days with heavy rainfall.
  • 6"-8" of rain may fall between this evening 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 Emergency Management Office 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:

  • Sandbag operations are available today until 5pm today and tomorrow from noon until 8pm 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
  • 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 late Tuesday/ early Wednesday and will be decided by Pinellas County Emergency Management.
  • The City's department leads for storm response met this morning to begin planning for the potential landfall of this storm.
  • The City's Office of Emergency Management attended a conference call with the County Emergency Operations Center to discuss the storm's track and possible affects.

The City is planning to place 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

What To Expect:

  • A meeting is scheduled with the County Emergency Operations Center tomorrow morning at 9am discuss this tropical system and further actions to be taken.
  • The National Hurricane Center is issuing updates at the 11 and 5 o'clock hours, so we will not have an updated forecast until 5pm.
  • 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:
  • http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/weather.htm
  • http://weather.gov/tampabay
  • http://spaghettimodels.com/ (tropical storms/hurricanes only)
  • http://www.wunderground.com/radar/station.asp?ID=TBW19
Monitor St. Petersburg and Pinellas County social media sites:
  • https://www.facebook.com/CityofStPetersburg
  • https://twitter.com/StPeteFL
  • https://www.facebook.com/PinellasCountyNews/
  • https://mobile.twitter.com/pinellasem
  • http://www.pinellascounty.org/social-networking.htm

Meet and Greet Aug 23 5:30 - 7:30

We hope to see you at the Snell Isle Meet & Greet & Volunteer Appreciation Event on August 23rd at Harvey’s 4th Street Grill from 5:30 – 7:30PM.

It would be fantastic if we could also truly celebrate reaching our $5k financial goal at that event. Many thanks to all who have already participated in our Rally Challenge for the Snell Beautification Project and have also toiled in the heat and humidity freshening planters and statues

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If you’ve not participated with your financial contribution, won’t you help blast us over the top! Your contribution will help move us towards that $5K Rally Store match. We are getting ever so close & closing in towards our Challenge Goal of $5K! Please help out by sending your check to: SIPOA PO Box 7053 St Petersburg, FL 33734 And please note either "Rally" or "Beautification" in the reference line. Now with your help, we can DO THIS

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

Snell Isle Beautification/Donations Update - Panther Naming Contest

Planters and Statues Donations Update:

July 12 – We are over halfway to our $5000 goal on our Planter and Statue Beautification Project. That’s when we will get a matching check of $5000 from our friends at the Rally Store at 22nd & 4th Street. Way to go everyone and thank you to all who donated.

We still need your help to reach our $5000 goal. Have you sent in your check? If not, please know how much we’d appreciate your support! Send your check to SIPOA at PO Box 7053, St. Petersburg, FL, 33734 AND please write on your check either “Rally” or “Beautification” so it can count towards our $5000 goal.

Also when you fuel up or drop in to purchase food or beverage at the Rally Store on 22nd Ave and 4th St, please THANK THEM for their support of Snell Isle. Few businesses would be willing to do a match like Rally.

Planters and Statues Beautification Update – Planters Done ! ! !

I hope you’re enjoying the new plantings all over the Isle. The planter part of our project is now complete and many of the volunteers are already working on “face-lifting” their adopted animals. If you pass a volunteer who is working on one, tap your horn to make them hear of your appreciation. We have 161 total statues all over Snell Isle so you can imagine the man-hours going into this Beautification Project. The volunteer corps is fantastic and we have Scout Troop 0219 who has adopted 10 of our statues to clean and paint as they earn their Scout Badges.

We still have some wonderful statues looking for “adoption”. Please call Bonnie Hargrett to sign up to help.

Name the Panther Contest

Can you help? The poor pitiful Panther statues have gone years without a common first name. The lions are all called “Leo”, but we have never give the Panthers a name . . . until now.

You can do this. Get your family together and send us the name you think we should use. Please e-mail your suggestion to Bonnie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will list the suggestions and you can vote on the best one for our lovely cats. The Panthers all thank you for doing this.

Please forward this Snell Isle Alert on to your family and friends on Snell Isle. We need all their help. Thank you.

Missing Cockatoo and July 4th Safety Tips

Missing White Cockatoo

Salty, a bare-eyed Cockatoo got loose last night. He was up about 80’ in the owner's tree. He usually comes down when called but today he flew away. His wings were clipped and he was last seen in the 800 block of Eden Isle Blvd., NE. He is approximately 18 inches tall, all white, with a yellow plume and he has orange markings around his eyes and beak. He may fly into a neighbor's yard or be up in their trees. If anyone sees him they should not approach him. Please have them call Becky at 727.593.4699 or Frank at 727.432.1176 and they will come and get him. Thank you for your help.

July 4 Tips from SPPD

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. Enjoy this Holiday weekend and all the activities.Please stay safe, keep your doors locked and garage doors down and watch out for one another. Also, especially on this busy Holiday weekend, please, please drive safely and defensively and enjoy the professional fireworks displays from a distance.

The message below is from our Community Service Police Officer Ray Merritt…

I just wanted to remind everyone to be safe this weekend and use caution when around any fireworks. The police department usually receives many calls about fireworks. Although most fireworks are illegal, people still are able to buy them throughout the county. I encourage people to attend a fire work display and save their money. Downtown will be every busy and after the fireworks display there will be grid lock with the traffic leaving the area.

Also please keep locking your vehicle doors. Auto burglaries are down, but we still must lock up. Be safe and I'll see you at the next meeting. Ray

Officer Raymond Merritt – St. Petersburg Police Department Community Service Police Officer

Happy July 4 - SPPD Safety reminders

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. Enjoy this Holiday weekend and all the activities. Please stay safe, keep your doors locked and garage doors down and watch out for one another. Also, especially on this busy Holiday weekend, please, please drive safely and defensively and enjoy the professional fireworks displays from a distance.

The message below is from our Community Service Police Officer Ray Merritt

I just wanted to remind everyone to be safe this weekend and use caution when around any fireworks. The police department usually receives many calls about fireworks. Although most fireworks are illegal, people still are able to buy them throughout the county. I encourage people to attend a fire work display and save their money. Downtown will be every busy and after the fireworks display there will be grid lock with the traffic leaving the area.

Also please keep locking your vehicle doors. Auto burglaries are down, but we still must lock up. Be safe and I'll see you at the next meeting. Ray

Officer Raymond Merritt – St. Petersburg Police Department Community Service Police Officer

Free Gun Locks from SPPD

Message from the St. Petersburg Police Department

The St. Petersburg Police Department offers free gun locks to residents of St. Pete. The gun locks can be picked up at the front desk of the police station, or from the Crime Prevention Unit. Feel free to contact Reginald Mitchell at either 727-893-4204 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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