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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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-pete-sol...

If you can't make the event, but are interested in the co-op, sign up here to learn more. http://www.flsun.org/st-petersburg/ 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:

  • 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

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.

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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