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Hurricane Irma Mandatory Evacuation

As you know, Pinellas County pulled the trigger on evacuations in Pinellas in all areas close to the water (Level A) - the beaches, Snell Isle, Venetian Isles, all low-lying areas, etc. The County didn’t inform the City before they alerted Pinellas residents of the impending mandatory evacuation. Nevertheless, starting 6AM Friday, all mobile home residents and special needs folks are being asked to leave and go to a safe place or a shelter. Shelters open at noon on Friday. For our area, the schools they are opening as shelters are John Hopkins Middle School (special needs) or Gibbs High School.

Regarding the mandatory evacuations, we have been told that enforcement (meaning if you leave Snell Isle you will not be allowed to return to your home) will LIKELY not start happening until 8AM Sunday morning. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU SHOULD WAIT TO LEAVE UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE - only that you need to get all your important papers and “things” and plan on where you are going NOW before the effects of the storm are upon us.

Of course, this storm, unlike any other that ANY of us have ever seen, is tracking with changes every 6 hours and those updates are at 5 & 11, both AM & PM, every day. The weather forecasters on our local Fox 13 affiliate at 11PM Thursday said that as long as the eye of the storm tracks EAST of Tampa Bay, it will cause very strong winds and rain for us but shouldn’t create extreme high waters. If this track stays east of us, we will fare far better than if it tracks into the Gulf of Mexico and the eye of the storm is WEST of us. Still we must prepare for the worst so please do not delay making all your final preparations, both securing on your property anything that is loose and could become a projectile. Also boats needs to be safely secured far more so than usual. Again, we will have strong winds and rain as it passes us on Sunday. Expect street flooding and remember that could be salt water you are driving through so avoid driving at all if you can. Certainly if you must, drive slowly and don’t make waves that could flood someone’s home!

Please make your plans NOW so you are ready with what is about to happen to all of us in Florida! Stay safe, use good judgement, drive defensively and please take care of one another.

Hurricane Preparations

Prepare now in case Hurricane Irma hits Florida this weekend.

Make certain your home is prepared and that you have a plan for you, your loved ones and your pets. Have food and water on hand for at least 3 days possibly without electricity. Have prescription medications. Keep your pets close. Have your contact people set up.

We are in evacuation Zone A. Have a place to go if required to leave Snell Isle. If you need evacuation assistance, be certain to register early. Do not wait until the storm approaches, it may be too late to help.

Make a list of everyone on your block, contact information, etc. Check on all your neighbors frequently and please help the elderly and those living alone. Working together and helping each other, we can make it through this too. Thanks everyone.

Sandbag Site Info from Info. Specialist Samantha Williams, St. Petersburg Police Department

We urge residents to prepare for the possibility that Hurricane Irma will impact the Bay Area. We want to give everyone plenty of time to prepare and will open the following sandbag sites to residents. They will open Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

The sandbag sites are:

  • Northeast Park - 875 62nd Avenue NE (Cardinal drive entrance to Mangrove Bay Golf Course)
  • Bartlett Park - 2000 7th St S (off 22nd Avenue South between 6th and 7th Street South)
  • Northwest Pool Parking Lot - 2331 60th Street North

Below are some simple rules for surviving the storm . . . it’s everyone’s responsibility.

    • Prepare ahead.
    • Special needs.
    • Pet preparations.
    • Shelter options.
    • Host homes.

    Check the Pinellas County website for more detailed information at www.pinellascounty.org/emergency

    Also check the NOAA website at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/hurricane_preparedness.html

    Please stay safe, do your best to secure your possessions but, most importantly, heed the advice of the professionals and if they tell us to evacuate, please follow their instructions. Nothing is more important than your safety and security!

Garbage Collection holiday change

Because of the Monday Labor Day holiday, normal garbage collection (black can) for all of Snell Isle will take place on WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY this week only.

Beware of Home Solicitation Sales

Public Information, Pinellas County Government AGENCY

Beware of home solicitation sales

Pinellas County is warning residents about engaging in home solicitation sales as the office of Consumer Protection has received an increased number of complaints resulting from these type of sales. It is most frequently reported that the product or service sold was not delivered or that the work was of poor quality.

Door-to-door solicitation has become a more frequent occurrence among salespeople and scammers alike, offering everything from home repair services and alarm systems to the sale of meat.

“These types of sales can cause financial harm to consumers and could result in identity theft,” said Pinellas County Consumer Protection Operations Manager Doug Templeton. “A home solicitation sale does not give the buyer time to research the product or company, therefore consumers are not aware of who they are conducting business with. This poses safety concerns, as well as possible damage to the home in cases of home repair services.”

Pursuant to Chapter 501.021 of the Florida Statutes, individuals who engage in (or who supervise minors engaged in) certain door-to-door solicitation activities that sell, lease or rent consumer goods or services with a purchase price in excess of $25 are required to obtain a home solicitation permit issued by the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Conducting home solicitation sales without the required permit can result in criminal penalties. A home solicitation occurs at a place other than the sellers fixed location, such as your home and must be unsolicited.

  • In order to obtain a permit, individuals must pay a fee and pass a criminal background check.
  • All home solicitation sellers must provide the buyer with a written contract.
  • The contract must include the buyer’s signature, date and buyer’s right to cancel clause.
  • Home solicitation laws allow buyers a three-day right to cancel from the date the contract is signed.

Please call Pinellas County Consumer Protection at (727) 464-6200 if you suspect a violation of home solicitation sales.

Pinellas County Consumer Protection provides assistance in the resolution of consumer-business disputes, investigates allegations of criminal violations, educates and informs consumer and business communities regarding existing consumer protection laws and regulates high-prescribing health clinics, bingo, and adult use ordinances. For more information, visit: www.pinellascounty.org/consumer.

The very best advice is to NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR TO STRANGERS. Instead, consider talking through your door enabling the caller to know that there IS someone home but that you are not interested in their product or service.

ADDITIONAL REMINDERS - Lock it or Lose it :

And just a reminder to always keep those doors, windows and cars locked up with no valuables in sight. You don’t even have to walk outside to ensure your car doors are locked, simply stand inside your house at your front window or door and use your cars FOB (clicker) to make certain your car doors are locked. Please never leave keys in your car or any other valuables. We are certain our neighborhoods are being cased each night, with thugs attempting to open unlocked doors. At the very least, your unlocked car will be rifled through in an attempt to find valuables or valet keys but expect to feel violated and have your planned day RUINED with police reports, insurance claims, etc. And don’t think for one minute that your insurance rates won’t be adjusted upwards… The safe answer…LOCK UP and avoid the theft/hassle! And please watch out for one another - especially our elderly neighbors who certainly appreciate a little helping hand.

Special Meeting Regarding Flood Insurance

SPECIAL MEETING REGARDING FLOOD INSURANCE

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 6PM

St. Petersburg Woman’s Club – 40 Snell Isle Blvd NE

We all recall the scare in 2013, where Florida property owners were faced with the potential for significant flood insurance rate increases. As the Tampa Bay Times reported in July, the National Flood Insurance Program expires the end of September. Politicians in Washington are working on the issue and there will likely be changes to the program. Given the uncertainty, homeowners are naturally unsettled. To help our residents become more aware of the issues, we have arranged for a flood insurance specialist at Wright Flood Insurance to address the topics that are foremost on homeowners’ minds:

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) & the benefits of staying put

  • Potential impact on premiums
  • Cancellation provisions
  • Private market flood insurance options

Please mark your calendar and plan to come to the St. Petersburg Woman’s Club for this informative meeting at 6PM next Tuesday, August 22nd, to learn more and get your questions

Easter Egg Hunt - April 13

Annual Easter Egg Hunt Thursday, April 13 at 6PM St. Petersburg Woman’s Club 40 Snell Isle Blvd NE

Bring your children and join your neighbors for our fun-filled annual Easter Egg Hunt. Lots of surprises included in the Easter Eggs this year. Shhh – it’s a secret, but the Easter Bunny also will be making an appearance. See you April 13th.

DO NOT Swim or Fish in this area

You might have noticed signs on and around Coffee Pot Bayou with a warning about Potential Health Risks…

City of St. Petersburg Assisting With Discovery of Dead And Sick Pelicans; Testing Water for Cause

After more than one dozen pelicans have been found dead or sick in or near local waterways, the City of St. Petersburg Public Works Administration, which includes Water Resources and Stormwater departments, are working alongside the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other local partners to remove the birds and identify the cause of the illness.

“We are testing the water for biological indicators and dissolved oxygen content and expect results on Tuesday. Per Mayor Rick Kriseman’s direction, we are also pursuing more extensive testing in order to better determine a cause prior to Florida Fish and Wildlife’s necropsy results,” said Interim Director of Water Resources John Palenchar.

A cold-weather fish kill near Riviera Bay Lake last week was also accompanied by reports of sick pelicans. John Norris, Director for Stormwater, Pavement and Traffic Operations for the city said that more than one ton of fish were removed from the lake by his crew. “We have not yet determined if there is a connection between the fish kill in Riviera Bay and the pelicans found sick or dead in other parts of the city,” said Norris.

The Department of Environmental Protection has also been notified, although there are no reports of a recent spill or discharge into our waterways.

In an abundance of caution, signs with the following message have been posted along waterways from St. Petersburg’s downtown to Weedon Island.

>WARNING Unknown Potential Health Risk DO NOT PLAY SWIM OR FISH IN THIS AREA (which includes Coffee Pot Bayou & Riviera Bay)

Due to recent Bird illnesses in this vicinity, residents and cautioned to avoid contact with surface water until further notice. Water Samples are being taken and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is being apprised of the situation. FWCC can be contacted at 888-404-FWCC. The City Water Resources Department can be contacted at 727-893-7261.

Obviously eating fish from these waters is also not advisable until results of the testing is complete. Stay Safe.

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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