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Update: Residential Curbside Storm Debris Pick-Up

As of Friday, October 20, 106,000 cubic yards of debris have been picked up and processed at the debris management site. Ground up debris is on its way out of the city to various places for repurposing and recycling. The bulk of the reduced material will be used for landscaping mulch. Some of the material will be sent to power facilities, who use the material as a renewable energy source.

In the first sweep, crews are picking up only vegetation. There will be another sweep once vegetation debris cleanup is complete. Crews using smaller vehicles will be picking up debris in the alleys after curbside collection is complete. Due to volume, crews won’t rake or sweep after pick-up. Leaves, twigs and branches left behind can be placed into your regular garbage can.

Please continue to check www.stpeterecovers.com for approximate pick up schedule – it’s updated once daily. Even if your area is marked green on the debris map, City crews will follow up on ALL areas again.

Reminder to please be patient and follow the below guidelines to help us speed up the pick-up process:

  • Place storm related brush in neat manageable piles behind the curb. Do not place material in front of the curb or in/near the alley.
  • Please clean up any additional debris in the road in front of your property so that it will not be washed into the Stormwater system and create blockages.
  • Please do not place piles too close to the garbage cans, poles, fire hydrants, or gas lines. Piles should be as accessible as possible.
  • Do not mix brush with other items. For example, if you have vegetation and pieces of a fence that need to be removed, please keep them in separate piles.
  • Do not block debris piles by parking on the street in front of debris – crews will be unable to collect the pile.
  • Leaves should be piled neatly for ease of pickup. They should not be bagged.

Residents who wish to have their debris disposed of prior to their curbside pickup date can bring their debris to one of the City’s five brush sites. Locations and hours can be found at stpete.org/brushsites. 

Report illegal debris dumping: It is a third-degree felony under State statute 403.413 for companies to dump on the right-of-way or vacant lots instead of taking debris to a yard waste facility. The offense may also be punishable by a $500.00 fine under City ordinance 27-465.The curbside storm debris cleanup is only for storm debris (not regular pruning maintenance or permitted tree removal).

For questions related to debris collection, call Sanitation Special Collections at 727-893-7398. However, please note that you do not need to submit a curbside debris pickup request – crews will be sweeping the entire city. For all other general City-related requests, call the Mayor’s Action Center at 727-893-7111.

St. Pete Scores Perfect MEI Rating, 3rd Year In A Row

For the third year in a row, the City of St. Petersburg has scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index. St. Pete was one of four cities in Florida to receive a perfect score, out of the 18 Florida cities ranked.

“We are incredibly proud of our perfect score. It is a reflection of our values and policy advancements and serves as a vital message point for us when recruiting people and businesses to our city,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “We also recognize that building an inclusive city never ends. There’s always work to do. We are committed to this work and ensuring that LGBTQ residents and visitors forever view St. Pete as a beacon of progress.”

This year, Jim Nixon, membership & group sales manager at The Salvador Dali Museum, joined the city as LGBT Liaison. “For the third consecutive year our city demonstrates it continuing commitment to equality for the LGBTQ Community and for all that live in our great city,” said Nixon.

For more information on the HRC’s MEI, visit www.hrc.org/mei . For more information on the City’s LGBTQ commitment, visit www.stpete.org/lgbt.

 
 

Fall Festivities in St. Pete

Free Fall Fun! Enjoy the Florida weather with some free events this fall.

Howl-O-Fest - October 20 and 21
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 6 p.m.
Fun for the whole family with trick or treat, carnival games, arts & crafts, and hay ride! There is a $5 entry fee, a $1 hay ride fee, a $2 “No Way Out” maze fee, a $2 spooky trail fee
 
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Haunted House! - October 21
St. Pete Fire Station #7, 6 – 9 p.m.
Join the fire department for games, hay rides, raffle prizes for this FREE event!

Pioneer Nights - October 21 and November 11
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 6 – 10 p.m.
Kids, ages 6 – 13, enjoy a night of friends, fun, campfires and s’mores, pioneer style! $20
 
Sing and Stroll - October 22
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Join Colleen and Tom from Music and Me for an interactive session and nature walk. Ages 5 and under with an adult. $1.50 -- $3
                                                               
Field of Screams - October 28, 29, 30 and 31
Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, starts at 6 p.m.
Join TASCO for the 12th annual Field of Screams featuring “Carnival of Chaos!” Voted the #1 scare in Tampa Bay, this year’s event will challenge you to escape the Fun House, navigate through the dark woods, break out of the big top and flee the Midway to safety. Participants are exposed to darkness, loud noises, bright lights, wooded trails and intense scare zones --- this event is NOT suitable for young children. $10 – Pre Sale, $15 – Day of Event
 
Gopher Tortoise Hike - October 29
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 10 a.m.
Explore the endangered real of the gopher tortoise with herpetologist George Heinrich. All ages, $1.50 -- $3.
 
Kids’ Horticulture Series – Watershed Fun for Kids! - November 4
Sunken Gardens, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join Sunken Gardens for a kids watershed demonstration and understanding of “right plant, right place”. Kids will get to participate in a small garden clean up and scavenger hunt! Ages 8 and up, free with Garden admission.
               
Dance in the Gardens - November 9
Sunken Gardens, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pinellas Dance Collective will perform various forms of modern and timeless dance to the public in the Sunken Gardens serene tropical setting. Free with Garden admission.
 
Boyd Hill Night Hikes -
November 4: Family Hike at 7 p.m.
November 11: Adult Hike at 6 p.m.
November 16: Family Hike at 6 p.m.
November 24: Family Hike at 6 p.m.
Join Rangers for a guided hike in Boyd Hill Nature preserve. Look for alligators, listen for bats and search for scorpions! $3.50 - $5

For a list of all fall events visit events.stpete.org/

Get the Facts About Penny for Pinellas

Pinellas County voters will consider extending the 1% Penny for Pinellas sales tax on November 7.

Important facts about Penny:

  • The Penny is not a new tax; it's been around since 1990;
  • The Penny funds infrastructure without relying on property taxes;
  • Renewal of the Penny would keep the Pinellas County sales tax rate at 7%. Six cents is paid to the state of Florida; while one cent is invested in Penny projects;
  • The Penny tax is paid by everyone on the first $5,000 of purchases in Pinellas County, excluding groceries and medication. Tourists pay approximately 1/3 of Penny revenue;
  • Penny funds remain in Pinellas County and are invested in specific projects identified by each community, including St. Petersburg: Citywide Infrastructure; Public Safety; Recreation and Culture; and City Facilities;
  • If approved, the fourth round of Penny funding would go into effect January 1, 2020, extending through 2030.

Learn how Penny for Pinellas is building a better St. Petersburg at stpete.org/penny.

Voter Information - votepinellas.com

Oct. 28 - Nov. 5 - Early voting
Nov. 1 - Deadline to request a mail ballot
Nov. 7 - Countywide referendum

Teams of Volunteers Make CareFest a Huge Success!

CareFest St. Pete 2017 was a huge success! For the annual city-wide work day, 73 groups and more than 1,000 volunteers took on 72 projects  throughout St. Petersburg neighborhoods. Teams of volunteers joined forces to complete yard work, painting, minor home repairs, neighborhood cleanups and various other projects last Saturday. 

The city’s Community Services Department spearheads CareFest St. Pete in conjunction with Somebody Cares Tampa Bay and CareFest USA. For a list of projects, visit http://www.carefestusa.com/projects/pinellas-county/st.-petersburg/ or http://www.stpete.org/ican/ and click on "St. Petersburg CareFest."

Learn more at carefestusa.com or download:  What is CareFest? 2017 FLYER

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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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