Greater Pinellas Point Civic assocation

NEWS FROM AROUND THE POINT AND THE CITY

  • 05/12/2020 1:23 PM | Anonymous

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency maintains a list of disinfectants for use on various surfaces. Known as List-N, these lab tested products offer sanitizing solutions that are effective against the current SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. This information can be especially helpful when commonly used sanitizing solutions like bleach and spray-on disinfectants are in short supply. Follow the link to search the complete list. Be safe to be well out there!  

    https://cfpub.epa.gov/giwiz/disinfectants/index.cfm


  • 05/07/2020 5:19 PM | Anonymous


    Businesses and individuals adversely impacted by the pandemic SARS-coV-2 novel coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, are encouraged to explore a suite of financial relief programs at the federal, state and local level.

    Some of these programs may be fluid; therefore the links provided below are directly to the funding authority for the latest and most robust program information to date.

    Here are links to several potentially invaluable resources, with the newest being to a program from Pinellas County Government.

    Federal Government CARES Act: Stimulus Checks and Payroll Protection Program

    https://home.treasury.gov/…/assistance-for-american-workers…

    https://home.treasury.gov/…/cares/assistance-for-small-busi…

    Saint Petersburg ‘Fighting Chance’ Grant Initiative for both Qualifying Small Business Operations and Individuals

    http://www.stpete.org/assistance/fighting_chance_fund.php

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) by US Small Business Association for Eligible Small Business Operations

    https://www.sba.gov/…/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergen…

    Pinellas County Government Grants for both Qualifying Small Business Operations and Individuals as Enabled by the Federal Government CARES Act

    https://go.activecalendar.com/…/pinellas-cares-fund-for-in…/


  • 04/16/2020 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    In this time of massive layoffs and furloughs, many families and individuals are facing tremendous stress to make ends meet for the basics. Here are two programs that can help make a difference in someones life, either through donating funds or seeking relief through self-help programs. 

    CITY OF SAINT PETERSBURG UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: DONATE

    The City of Saint Petersburg offers a program for charitable-minded individuals to contribute to a social fund that supports less fortunate residents with their utility bill. This program is funded by donations. In addition to one-time or recurring donations,  residents can opt in to the 'Round-Up' giving option by voluntarily allowing the City to round up monthly utility bills to the next whole dollar, a maximum of 0.99 cents monthly or $12.00 annually. Interested citizens can sign up via this link.  

    https://www.stpete.org/billing_and_collections/utility_billing/utility_assistance_program_form.php

    DUKE ENERGY SPECIAL ASSISTANCE: DONATE OR SELF-SERVE  

    Residents who wish to give to Duke Energy's Neighbor Fund that helps struggling families and individuals during the winter season are encouraged to do so via their website link below. 

    Residents who need energy bill payment assistance may find help via Duke's various self-help customer service programs on their website link below. 

    https://www.duke-energy.com/home/billing/special-assistance

  • 04/14/2020 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    SUMMARY: COVID-19 and the City

    https://www.facebook.com/StPeteFL/videos/1334039903650840/

    (You can watch the full video right here on our website HOME page. Look for the Facebook feed)

    Coming this week, in support of social distancing, widely believed to be a key COVID-19 mitigation strategy, Mayor Kriseman announced today that tennis courts, pickleball courts, skate parks and dog parks will close. The implementation of a curfew is NOT on the table at this time.

    Since Deputy Mayor and City Administrator Dr. Kanika Tomalin announced on April 3, 2020, the city's 'Fighting Chance Fund,' created to offset financial losses by local small businesses and eligible employees, Mayor Kriseman reported that they have processed 1,800 business and individual grants totaling $77,000 to date. Kriseman advised that funds are still available and encouraged eligible businesses and individuals to keep applying. Go here to apply: http://www.stpete.org/assistance/fighting_chance_fund.php

    Additionally, The mayor advised that there will be a second phase of the Grant which has been expanded to be more inclusive.Go here for details:
    https://www.wtsp.com/…/67-b99b53c6-4d6f-4184-9ad9-f85d93eda…


  • 04/08/2020 6:12 PM | Anonymous

    Follow this link for OFFICIAL information direct from the IRS regarding the stimulus checks (Economic Impact Payment) approved by Congress as a result of the novel corona virus, COVID-19. Be careful out there and be well! 

    https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center

  • 04/07/2020 6:07 PM | Anonymous

    The State of Florida’s online unemployment insurance portal has faced crippling challenges due to unprecedented applicant filing. The trouble has been compounded by systematic problems that have reportedly been addressed by adding 72 additional servers and connecting a previously unconnected redundant system.

    Florida faces a huge backlog after receiving 520,000 applications since March 15 alone. Governor DeSantis stated on Monday, 3.6.2020, that added human resources and system fixes will enable processing 80,000 applications per week. DeSantis announced Tuesday, March 7, the Department added 50 more unemployment center call takers and more are in the pipeline. DeSantis must direct whether claims will be paid retroactively, a policy that would be not only fair, but humane in this time of massive financial challenges, personal and businesses, created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For those who do not have access to a printer to get a paper application (link is included below for your convenience), they are available at FedEx locations in Florida free of charge, to include free mailing to Tallahasse.

    Also important to know is that the federal COVID-19 stimulus package, the CARES Act, includes extended unemployment benefits that include an additional $600 weekly payment above the State of Florida benefit for which the applicant is qualified. The max Florida weekly benefit is $275. The $600 additional payments are federally funded through July 31, 2020, unless extended.

    Further, as never done before, the CARES Act extends unemployment aid to workers typically excluded:

    ‘Notably, the legislation provides income support to many workers who are typically shut out of their state UI systems, including self-employed workers, independent contractors, freelancers, part-time workers and those with insufficient work histories to qualify for state UI benefits.

    Furloughed employees and anyone who can't report to work because the worksite has been ordered closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak will be covered under the expansion.’(SHRM.org, Apr 3, 2020)

    Stay safe to stay well out there. Your GPPCA is in this with you!

    http://www.floridajobs.org/…/r…/claimants/rapaperapplication


  • 04/01/2020 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    The attached notice will be delivered to residents directly impacted by the installation of a 12" water main along 31st Street South to Pinellas Point Drive South. Pinellas Point residents who routinely use these two major roads into and out of the neighborhood may want to use an alternate route as there will be some disruptions to traffic flow up to January 2021. 


  • 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.

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