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City Council Approves Grant Programs for South St. Pete

Last Thursday, St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved ten tax increment financing (TIF) programs for the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area, which are designed to improve life and opportunity in city neighborhoods and business corridors generally between Central Ave. and 30th Ave. S and 4th to 49th St. Most of these programs will use TIF to directly support private investment, greatly expanding the community’s access to capital and encouraging private enterprise within the CRA to help revitalize it. The approved programs include grants to property and business owners to renovate commercial properties, direct incentives to developers to build or renovate affordable multifamily housing, and a loan program to assist businesses in need of capital. The city expects to officially announce the availability of funding through these programs in March and begin accepting applications in May. Funding will be awarded to eligible applicants on a “first come, first served basis.” Application materials will be available in March on the South St. Petersburg CRA webpage.

Alley Recycling Launches; 2016 Zone Calendars Available Online

Alley collection of recyclables is now underway for residents who currently have trash collection in the alley on their designated recycling days. Residents who currently have trash picked up at the curb will see no change in their recycling location. Additional information is available.

All sanitation customers have been mailed 2016 recycling zone calendars and information about the alley recycling program.  Printable versions are available online, customers may use the free St. Pete Collects mobile app or call Sanitation Customer Service at 727-893-7838 to request one. 

The addition of alley recycling collection affects about 31,000 residential St. Petersburg sanitation customers.

Learn more about recycling in St. Petersburg by watching our new video!

Pier Approach Update

At the January 21 City Council meeting, the architect and engineering contract with W Architecture and Landscape Architecture for the Pier Approach was approved, enabling the initial design for this next phase of the Pier District to begin.  The Pier Approach will connect the downtown core to the Pier with an active, connected and coordinated sequence of facilities and venues.

The Pier Approach project is adjacent to the new Pier project limits and the downtown core (Beach Drive) is the project’s western boundary.

The initial phase of the contract was given the go-ahead with $318,030 allocated for initial design services. The entire budget for the Pier Approach is $20 million, which is financed from St. Petersburg’s downtown tax district.

W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in partnership with Wannemacher Jensen was selected in October 2015 to provide design and construction oversight services. The ability to integrate the New St. Petersburg Pier and Pier Approach designs into a seamless and functional single project (the Pier District) is a major component of the project.

For more updates on the Pier project, visit

City Launches 'Park Once' Downtown Shuttle

Visiting downtown on Friday or Saturday nights? Locate parking easier and eliminate worries of expired meters by participating in the free Park Once shuttle program. Between 5 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturdays, pay the regular parking fee for either the Sundial, 117 Second St. N., or South Core, 101 First Ave. S., garages, then board the free Park Once shuttle to experience St. Petersburg’s waterfront, Beach Drive and Central Arts District destinations. The free shuttles run a continuous seven to 10 minute route, with five conveniently located stops, throughout downtown.

Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace's St. Pete Poem Now Online

St. Pete's Poet Laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace read a poem from her collection at the 2015 State of the City. The poem is available online here.

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From our Mayor

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." 
Mayor Rick Kriseman Signature

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