Greater Pinellas Point Civic assocation

NEWS FROM AROUND THE POINT AND THE CITY

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  • 03/26/2020 5:39 PM | Anonymous

    Follow this link to the Washington Post story that is very informative. 

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/coronavirus-stimulus-check-calculator/

  • 03/15/2020 11:30 AM | Anonymous



    INTRODUCTION: Formed in 2018, the legacy Communities of Pinellas  Point (COPP) includes volunteer civic leaders from the boards of directors of Bahama Shores, Bayou Highlands, Greater Pinellas Point, and Lakewood Terrace neighborhood associations. Recently, leaders from Coquina Key Neighborhood Association have participated in COPP meetings as have civic-conscious residents in the unrepresented Cook Park area. This collaboration brings to a single table the strength of unity to address, research and take action on issues that impact the southernmost neighborhoods of Saint Petersburg. COPP meets monthly with regular representation from Saint Petersburg Police Department District 1 leaders, City Economic Development (a standing partner), Codes Compliance and City elected office holders. COPP has been twice awarded certificates of merit by Mayor Kriseman for its collaborative effectiveness.  

    Now, on with the news! 

    COQUINA KEY SHOPPING CENTER 

    In the March 10, 2020 COPP meeting, two CKSC business owners and a CVS Pharmacy representative were on hand to express their thoughts and concerns about the overall condition and future of the property. The conversation focused on public safety challenges arising from the incidents of 'toe tagging' in the massive parking lot, the noise and disturbance complaints lodged primarily against the Cabana Sands club, the customer parking challenges faced by other proximity businesses particularly when club patrons and Name Your Event party goers compete for favorable spaces, and the overarching uncertainty as to what was happening with the ACE Hardware construction. All of these variables impact customer confidence to patronize their businesses. 

    City Codes and Economic Development reps confirmed that required permitting for the ACE project have lapsed and/or not extended or renewed as legally required.  Permits to continue work on an overall facade facelift have also not been submitted. The property is privately owned which does not give the City legal authority to demand the owner disclose negotiations with existing or potential tenants. Therefore, based on non-compliance with mandatory permitting requirements, the ACE Hardware franchise store construction will not proceed. Rumor and conjecture as to what may or has happened with the ACE/Property Owner relationship are beyond the scope of COPP. As for the future presence of CVS Pharmacy, their rep advised there is no indication at the local level of closing the store and deferred COPP to regional or corporate leaders who would be better able to address the inquiry. 

    Meeting attendees cited issues with specific ACE buildout fencing barriers and other abandonded construction debris that pose safety and aesthetic concerns.  Codes Compliance committed to investigate and take appropriate mitigation measures.  

    With COPP ongoing advocacy, St. Petersburg Police Department has fully engaged Cabana Sands to address citizen concerns and partner with them on public safety and noise ordinance compliance.  The use of off duty sworn officers on busier days and installing surveillance cameras have been discussed and are under consideration specifically for that space/area. SPPD also advised that the well-publized shooting incident attributed to Cabana Sands was a result of an outside beef. SPPD also recognized that events at the Name Your Event rental space, immediately next door to Cabana Sands, may lead to larger crowds gathering and loitering in the northeast parking area of the shopping center, many of whom are not attending or patronizing either venue.

    Additionally, to address the issue of 'toe tagging,' dangerous vehicle joy riding and racing, the city has worked with the property owner to successfully recommend strategically arranging bump stops in the parking lot that, since their installation, have been very effective in discouraging dare devil/racing antics. Business owners were encouraged to form a business association to partner with the property owner/management with focus on win- win improvements. Lastly, to mitigate parking challenges, business owners were encouraged to consult with property management and the city to install 'parking only for' signs to make it easier for their customers to access their store. 

    SKYWAY PLAZA 

    The Florida Housing Coalition (FHC) has not given the City or COPP an update on the status of their repurposing proposal for Skyway Plaza. FHC first presented their proposal to Greater Pinellas Point residents at a Civic Association general meeting in February 2019. In that well-attended meeting,  FHC leaders walked through their proposal to compete for Fannie Mae grant funding aimed at challenging housing development entities to most creatively convert vacated big box spaces into multi-functional spaces. Attendees also participated in an interactive exercise to give their opinions on FHC's proposed renderings, which included public exterior spaces, gardens, affordable living and working spaces for emerging entrepreneurs, and spaces for a variety of small businesses from produce to baked goods to craft beers.

    The last update from FHC was in a September 2019 COPP meeting with no definitive answers on how their proposal had been received by Fannie Mae or their ongoing activities to move forward. COPP remains committed to staying in the loop with FHC as it was understood from the beginning  that their proposal was on at least an 18 month timeline through the Fannie Mae grant challenge process. Meanwhile, in October 2019, COPP was surprised to learn that a healthcare facility for the underinsured under local Advantage Village Academy leadership was all set through grant funding and a signed lease with property owner Brixmor to occupy the former Walgreen's liquor store space. This facility has not materialized to date and COPP is attempting to understand what has come of the project. Currently, a 'liquor store coming soon' banner hangs above that space. Even if other businesses were to take residence at Skyway Plaza, the FHC proposal includes only the space formerly occupied by the Sweet Bay grocery store. 

    COPP intends to continue supporting and advocating for vibrant, best use, safe, and sustainable business development at Skyway Plaza and Coquina Key Shopping Center. The approach is centered on gaining the confidence of these commercial property owners to see that COPP is not an adversary, but sincerely motivated to share the collective voice of the communities, hopefully leading to attracting business interest in these properties and ultimately landing long term occupancy. 

  • 03/03/2020 2:20 PM | Anonymous

    Pinellas County is participating in local coordinating meetings with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas, which is the local lead agency on COVID-19 (part of the coronavirus family), to share information with county residents.

    As of this morning (March 2, 2020), the Florida Department of Health has identified two presumptive cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the state of Florida: one in Hillsborough County and one in Manatee. Both cases have been referred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing and the individuals been placed in isolation care.

    For any questions about COVID-19 (coronavirus), current situation updates and safety tips, people should visit the CDC website (www.CDC.gov) and DOH website (www.FloridaHealth.gov/covid-19) or call the local office of the state health department at 727-824-6900.

    COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a respiratory virus that is transmitted like the flu and symptoms can include: fever, cough and shortness of breath.

    The CDC recommends the following steps to keep you and your family safe: • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Stay home when you are sick. • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. • Refer to CDC website before traveling overseas to identify areas of outbreak concern. (link to CDC website) • If you are returning from any of these areas, residents are asked to self-isolate for 14 days. (refer to DOH website) • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. o CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. o Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility). • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. o If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  • 02/24/2020 4:33 PM | Anonymous

    This flyer answers some of the basic questions prospective job seekers may have about job opportunities with the US Census Bureau. Have a look! 

    2020-census-job-opportunities.pdf

  • 02/24/2020 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    Look at your current driver license. Is there a star icon in the upper right corner? No? You need to read this NOW or you may not be allowed to board an airplane after October 1, 2020! 

    https://patch.com/florida/stpete/s/h0w60/real-id-crisis-what-fl-residents-need-to-know?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=politics&utm_campaign=alert

  • 02/11/2020 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    Our business partners at the friendly ACE Hardware in the Skyway Marina District invite you to show your landscape so LOVE!! Tell 'em Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association sent 'cha! ~Danny

  • 01/22/2020 1:03 PM | Anonymous

    Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin presented on January 15, 2020, the annual State of the Economy (SOTE)  report for 2019. Follow this link to read the PDF version of the slideshow presentation.

     sote_2019.pdf 

  • 01/04/2020 1:18 PM | Anonymous

    GPPCA Vice President and CONA Adjunct Stephen Waters captures a summary of Council of Neighborhood Association (CONA) monthly meetings. Have a look!

    Happy New Year!! 

    CONA meeting 12-18-2019 20191219.pdf

  • 12/26/2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Here is a link to a story from Patch St. Petersburg with details about a recall of eggs and egg products sold at Trader Joe's and Walmart. Please share with family and friends. 

    A recall of egg products shipped from Georgia includes some Walmart and Trader Joe’s egg dishes. Florida has confirmed a case of listeria.

    https://patch.com/florida/stpete/s/gyj6g/fl-listeria-recall-eggs-from-trader-joes-walmart-now-included?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=lifestyle&utm_campaign=alert

  • 12/22/2019 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    The City of Saint Petersburg is a dynamically evolving place that has seen unprecedented growth over the past decade. Citizens are invited to participate in the St. Pete 2050 planning initiative. Follow this link to get involved! 

    http://www.stpete2050.com/index.html

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