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NEWS FROM AROUND THE POINT AND THE CITY

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  • 01/07/2018 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    New Water, Sewer Rates for the New Year

    St. Petersburg, Fla.  (December 29, 2017) -- Starting January 1, 2018, a new rate structure will be in effect for St. Petersburg Utility customers.  Due to expected increases in water and sewer rates, bills will adjust to the new rate plan starting with the new year.   Rate increases for stormwater will appear on January bills, while increases for water, wastewater, and reclaimed water will be reflected on February bills. 

    The adjustments were necessary for maintenance and improvements to an aging infrastructure, as well as to offset higher market-driven operating expenses. 

    A typical customer using 4,000 gallons of water per month will see an increase of $11.02; if reclaimed water is used, the increase will be $16.45. A complete listing of charges are available at stpete.org/utilityrates.

    “Our residents have been able to take advantage of 100 years of infrastructure development,” said Water Resources Interim Director John Palenchar – whose department has been in the midst of most of the work.  “It’s now time to re-invest in that infrastructure and pay it forward for future generations.”

    “Over the past year, some $70 million dollars in repairs and resiliency-building work has taken place in our city’s sewage system,” added Public Works Administrator Claude Tankersley.  He went on to say that, “our rate-payers have been very understanding that the costs associated with those improvements are our responsibility.”

    Tankersley was quick to point out that the work is not done… with more than $250 million already earmarked for future water and sewer projects over the next three years.   

    “Additionally,” he said, “we are looking to create a master-plan where we look at our use of all water.  We are all invested in this."

  • 01/07/2018 12:15 PM | Anonymous
    Doc Ford's at the St. Pete Pier

    After careful consideration, including meeting with interested parties and consultation with staff, Mayor Rick Kriseman has selected Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille to occupy the restaurant planned for the St. Pete Pier's Pelican Lot.

     

    With three locations just south of Tampa Bay, Doc Ford's has already established a reputation as a highly successful destination restaurant. The restaurant's name and Florida theme, based on the novels by New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White, will appeal to both residents and visitors. Market studies show that regional appeal is integral to the Pier's success.

     

    The group behind Doc Ford's, HM Restaurant Group, LLC, has an extensive history of community involvement and charitable giving in southwest Florida, and they have committed to continuing that in St. Petersburg. Mayor Kriseman stated, "I am also excited about the opportunity to link "Doc Ford", a marine biologist, to the Pier's education center and wet classroom. I am confident that a Doc Ford's at the St. Pete Pier will further elevate and diversify St. Pete's restaurant scene and provide our downtown with family-friendly dining."

    Tenant outreach and selections for the Pier head and remainder of the Pier District will continue throughout 2018.

     

    Learn more about the new St. Pete Pier, click here .  



  • 01/01/2018 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Over the next two years, the City of St. Petersburg will plant a variety of trees along major corridors around the city.

    For Greater Pinellas Point, tree planting is scheduled for 54th Ave S, 62nd Ave S, and Pinellas Point Drive (between I-275 and 28th St S). To learn where the trees will be planted and the variety of trees that will be installed, please go to: 

    www.stpete.org/sustainability/trees_and_greenspace.php

  • 08/15/2016 9:34 PM | Anonymous

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    AUGUST 5, 2016
    NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION IS HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL
    Just in time for the sales tax holiday weekend, the Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association (GPPCA) is heading to Maximo and Lakewood elementary schools to show their support. The GPPCA – along with matching funds from anonymous donors and business partners like Sharon Ally, Branch Manager of BB&T Bank and Dan Fiorini, owner of Tyrone Frame and Mirror – raised $1100 for the two principals to disburse to teachers as they see fit. The effort was spearheaded by Tom Lally who is a community activist and Secretary of the GPPCA. “Whenever possible associations, local businesses, and residents should consider supporting local schools with their talent, time, or treasure” Lally said, adding “this should be just the beginning of what we do for our schools”. The schools were chosen for support by Ryan Cobin, a health care executive and member of the GPPCA Board of Directors. “I am still shocked that our entire neighborhood is zoned for two of the five schools featured in the Tampa Bay Times article ‘Failure Factories'” Cobin said. “I hope our members see this [support] and say ‘that is not enough’ and ask the principals what else do the students need, or sign up to be tutors or volunteers at the schools”. Florida teachers are given about $270 to spend on school supplies for the entire year. They frequently go over that amount and the difference comes out of their own pockets. The GPPCA is committed to improving the quality of life in our neighborhood, and it begins with our youngest residents.


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