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Important Meeting: Zoning Changes To Impact Snell Isle

With 1,000 people a day moving to the sunshine state, the city of St. Petersburg is looking to add a substantial amount of affordable living dwellings throughout the city. They take the form of duplexes, triplexes, quads, and more recently, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) - an additional dwelling on the same lot that already has an existing home.

Certain St. Petersburg neighborhoods have seen an influx of ADUs (in many cases used as short term rentals) as they may be currently zoned for them. Snell Isle has not been zoned for ADUs in the past, but the St. Petersburg 2050 Plan proposes to include Snell Isle - and other Coastal High Hazard Areas - for more housing density in order to deliver on the promise of more affordable housing units. Neighborhoods already impacted with these housing density changes have noted that they are experiencing increased traffic in addition to parking issues. Snell Isle residents should also consider the change to impervious surface ratios (additional man-made hard surface areas) which would further impact stormwater run-off.

Snell Isle Property Owners Association (SIPOA) will be hosting an important meeting on Tuesday, May 17th beginning at 6:30 PM at the St. Pete Woman's Club, where Elizabeth Abernethy of the City’s Development Review Commission (DRC) and her colleague, Derek Kilborn, of the City’s Urban Planning and Historic Preservation Division will present to Snell Isle residents about proposed changes to our neighborhood.

Neighborhoods across the city each have their own character and identity and Snell Isle enjoys being the premier neighborhood in all of St. Petersburg and we want to keep it that way. Snell Isle is home to the historic Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, a premier golf course. Our tropical surroundings provide waterfront vistas for most residents with a large percentage of Snell’s homes enjoying waterfront property. It’s important that the proposed changes, and implications, be thought out thoroughly and the voice of the community be heard before such plans are approved.

We hope you'll join us at this very important meeting on May 17th to understand the potential impact to Snell Isle.

Water Treatment Facility Open Houses

Under the category of cool things to do that I never knew I had access to...

Did you know that the Water Treatment Facility hosted Open Houses? Well, they do! The public is invited to get a behind-the-scenes look into the work that goes into keeping St. Pete flowing at the City's water treatment facilities. Attendees can expect to learn about drinking water sourcing and processing at the Cosme Water Treatment Plant in Odessa and how wastewater becomes reclaimed water at one of the three reclaimed water treatment facilities in St. Petersburg.

Plant operators and City staff will lead tours to show the flow of water from beginning to end and answer questions. Tours will begin hourly at 9 a.m. with the last tour starting at 11 a.m.

Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Southwest Water Reclamation Facility 3800 54th Ave. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Saturday, May 14 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Cosme Water Treatment Plant 16015 Race Track Rd. Odessa, FL 33556

Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Northeast Water Reclamation Facility 1160 62nd Ave. NE. St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Northwest Water Reclamation Facility 7500 26th Ave. N St. Petersburg, FL 33710

The majority of the tour is outdoors and is a walking tour. Attendees should plan to be in the sun and wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Facilities are not ADA accessible by default, however reasonable accommodations can be made by calling the Water Resources Department at 727-893-7261. A driver’s license or state photo ID is required for entry and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Details and additional open house dates can be found at

So grab your kids and make a memorable, learning day when you attend the Water Treatment Open House!

Earth Month - What You Can Do

Celebrating our planet earth happens every day of the year but you likely know that Earth Month is April. Every year on April 22nd, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. You can look up online sites to get suggestions and ideas for what YOU can do in observance of Earth Day. Here’s a few to consider...

1. Earth Day: The Official Site | https://www.EARTHDAY.ORG

Visit the official Earth Day site to learn about the world's largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day Earth Day.

2. 15 Earth Day Tips to Support the Environment & Stop Climate Change

Avoid Plastic Disposables.

Volunteer to Clean Up.

Plant Trees.

Eat Local.

Recycle What You Can.

Don't Drive Alone.

Take Shorter Showers.

Go Meat-Free.

Unplug your devices.

Donate your money to a “green” cause.

Donate your time.

Donate your belongings.

Join Earth Day’s Network campaigns.

Share your Earth Day tips.

Don’t stop after Earth Day.

To read more about these 15 suggestions, go to

3. Here’s a wonderful St. Petersburg event that is very popular year-after-year...

Green Thumb

4/23/2022 & 4/24/2022 9am-4pm both days 7891 26TH AVE. N ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33710


St. Petersburg's annual Green Thumb Festival, brings together plant and flower lovers, as well as, individuals and families looking for a fun weekend activity. With more than 120 garden, plant and flower vendors and exhibitors, the annual event brings the community together for a weekend of fun. This two-day event will provide more than 200 educational and environmental exhibits, vendors and workshops. The festival continues to be free of charge. Find more information here:

If each of us selects just ONE THING we can actively do to be more mindful of resources to help our environment, that’s one small step. But if each of us does just ONE THING, we’ll have made a HUGE, POSITIVE DIFFERENCE.

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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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