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SPF15 Heats Up St. Pete's Arts Scene

Look for more than 50 events held throughout September in each of the city’s five arts districts, from murals by nationally-and internationally-recognized artists; a 9-mile long Central Avenue arts festival; a celebration of chalk art, to haute couture, fine cuisine, live theater, storytelling, jazz, blues, rock, American roots and more. Art lovers are also encouraged to view the M.C. Escher exhibit; experience Five Decades of Photography; explore the history of the Civil Rights Era, hike Florida’s wildlife corridor or learn the story of citrus. SPF15 is presented by the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg, the city and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. www.stpetefest.org

 

Holiday Impacts Trash, Curbside Recycling Collections

During the holiday week Sept. 7-11, St. Petersburg residential trash and curbside recycling customers will see Monday collections shift to Tuesday and Tuesday collections shift to Wednesday. Collections on Thursday and Friday will remain on the normal schedule. St. Petersburg curbside recycling customers should be aware that only Monday and Tuesday collections will follow the same pattern as regular trash pickup; Thursday and Friday collections will remain the same. City brush sites will be open on Labor Day, Sept. 7.

Some city facilities, including City Hall, the Municipal Services Center, libraries, eight neighborhood pools and recreation centers will be closed. Facilities open to the public include Mangrove Bay and Cypress Links golf courses, North Shore Aquatic Complex and the Sunken Gardens attraction. View a complete list of holiday closings.

Council Considers Proposed FY16 Budget

On Thursday, September 3, City Council is expected to adopt the tentative budget and tax rate during a public hearing at City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. On Thursday, September 17, Council will consider adopting the final budget and tax rate, along with the Capital Improvement Program. Both public hearings will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chamber.

While no property tax increase is called for under the proposed $221 million FY 2016 spending plan, it does include funds to replace the Fossil Park fire station, assist the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area and provides a raise for city employees. 

 

Mayor Signs Executive Order Est. Sustainability Policies

On Tuesday, August 18, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman signed an Executive Order, his first, establishing policies consistent with the City of St. Petersburg Sustainability Initiatives.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: “St. Petersburg will be a model for sustainable practices and this is our biggest and boldest step yet toward that goal. Every city department will play an important role addressing a myriad of issues related to sustainability and climate issues. This is more than just a guide. It’s a directive.”

These Sustainability Core Values based upon community collaborations and partnerships, and have set forth a series of ambitious Sustainability Goals, including: net zero energy, zero waste, protection and enhancement of natural systems, the protection and promulgation of shade and green space, sustainable built environmental practices, safe and efficient multimodal transportation networks, improvement of our local economy, and a healthier community.

Eleven specific policies and procedures will take effect immediately, as outlined in the Executive Order.

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Rick Kriseman

"Welcome to St. Petersburg, where our vision is to be a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work, and play. With your help, our neighborhoods, businesses, every individual, will enjoy a new opportunity to be lifted into the light of our St. Petersburg sun." 
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