Committee to Advocate for Persons with Impairments
CAPI (The Committee to Advocate for Persons with Impairments) is a group of residents appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent of City Council. The function of CAPI is to advise City Council on issues and to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities. CAPI provides the City with guidance relative to the concerns, rights, special needs and dignity of persons with disabilities to insure their full participation in and enjoyment of the City's facilities, programs and services.
Since its inception in 1972, CAPI has advised the City of St. Petersburg on many issues concerning the needs and rights of persons who are disabled. Additionally, CAPI has taken a leadership position in recommending improvements to City facilities, including funding of accessible City playgrounds.
CAPI encourages comments and suggestions from the public about issues that prevent or inhibit full use and enjoyment of any facility, service or program under the City's jurisdiction. Regular meetings are conducted on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. Time for public comment is provided at each meeting. You may call the Community Affairs Department at 893-7345 for information about meetings and accessibility issues.
CAPI Can Help
The City and CAPI are concerned with the quality of life of St. Petersburg's residents and visitors, including issues that affect persons with disabilities. The primary areas addressed by CAPI are:
CAPI provides guidance to the City in its implementation of regulations that benefit persons with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
A goal of CAPI is to assist residents and others to become aware of the City's interest in persons with disabilities and the opportunities the City provides for those who have mobility or other limitations.
The concerns of residents with disabilities who use mass transit are addressed on an ongoing basis. CAPI members attend public transit meetings and assist in advising the City on issues related to transportation.
Leisure and Fitness
The City of St. Petersburg offers excellent leisure, fitness, sports and play opportunities for residents and visitors. CAPI advocates for accessibility in parks, playgrounds, and other Leisure Services facilities and functions. CAPI also advises on accessibility of commercial endeavors and events that take place on City property.
To be considered for an appointment to CAPI, an applicant must:
- Be a citizen of the City of St. Petersburg;
- Submit a resume and a letter of consideration to Lendel S. Bright, Community Affairs, ADA Coordinator, City of St. Petersburg, PO Box 2842, St. Petersburg, FL 33731
Once a resume and letter of consideration are received, the information will be reviewed by the Community Affairs office and an initial interview with the ADA Coordinator will take place. If considered, the information will be submitted to the Mayor and City Council of the City of St. Petersburg for final consideration.