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St. Pete Recovers

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).

St. Pete Recovers

St. Petersburg made it through Hurricane Irma. Our city was not devastated, but the quality of life we enjoy has been disrupted. Please know that your city government is working hard to get St. Pete back to normal.

Residential Curbside Storm Debris Clearing

Overview

The process is expected to take several weeks. Debris collection during the last major hurricane (2004) took approximately four months and we are committed to exceeding that and setting a new standard. While crews will conduct multiple sweeps of the city, residents are encouraged to prepare their debris as soon as possible.

Update

Friday, November 3 - City crews have completed the first pass of residential curbside storm debris pickup, processing more than 152,000 cubic yards at the debris management site, as of Thursday, November 2.

A second pass around the city commences today, with crews focusing on alleys and spots that were previously inaccessible. Crews will not be picking up debris that is fresh and non-storm related, as it will not be eligible for FEMA reimbursement. A contractual monitor will assist city crews in evaluating debris in question.

Friday, October 27 - City crews have completed the first pass of residential curbside storm debris pickup, processing more than 133,000 cubic yards at the debris management site as of Thursday, October 26.

A second pass around the city commences today, with crews focusing on alleys and spots that were previously inaccessible. Crews will not be picking up debris that is fresh and non-storm related, as it will not be eligible for FEMA reimbursement. A contractual monitor will assist city crews in evaluating debris in question.

Debris Clean-Up Procedure

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  • 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. Debris 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.
  • 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.

Important City of St. Petersburg Phone Numbers

  • Emergencies: 911
  • SPPD Non-Emergency: 727-893-7780
  • Greenhouse / Small Business Assistance: 727-893-7146
  • Mayor’s Action Center: 727-893-7111
  • Sanitation: 727-893-7334
  • Social Services: 727-893-7627
  • Utility Accounts: 727-893-7341
  • Water Resources: 727-893-7261

Important Websites

Other

  • Duke Energy / Pinellas County: 727-443-2641
  • FEMA Assistance: 1-800-621-3362
  • State of Florida Assistance: 1-800-342-3557

FAQs

Is aid available for storm-related damage?
Yes. Citizens and businesses can apply for aid through FEMA. The City will continue to operate a Disaster Relief Center at the Enoch Davis Center next week, where staff are available to assist in the application of FEMA grants. The DRC will be open Mon., Sept. 25, Wed., Sept. 27, and Fri., Sept. 29, from 2 - 6:30 p.m.
What number do I call if I’m concerned that I’ve been overcharged for something related to the storm?
Price gouging is illegal. Please call the Florida Attorney General at 1-866-966-7226.
What do I do with my sandbags?
Residents are encouraged to keep sandbags safely stored through the duration of hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30. Do not dispose of sandbags in the trash. Sanitation trucks have weight restrictions and the weight of sandbags have the potential to damage equiptment. There are two primary ways to get rid of your sandbags: Cut open the bags, spread the sand on your lawn, and put the bags in the trash. Or, take your bags to one of the city’s five brush sites, cut open the bags, dump the sand in the area identified by the attendant, and throw the bags in the trash.

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