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COVID-19 has taken an unprecedented toll on our residents, commerce, and activity in the City of St. Petersburg. While COVID-19 continues to pose a threat, early actions and social distancing have helped to mitigate the worst of this public health crisis locally.

In late April, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced that it was time to prepare to Restart St. Pete in a thoughtful and gradual manner, and with respect to federal guidelines and state and county orders. The mayor convened his city team and 17 advisors, including physicians and business leaders, to help chart the course forward while incorporating feedback from the St. Petersburg City Council, restaurateurs, and community leaders. He has pledged to get our Sunshine City back to normal—or a new normal—as soon as is responsibly possible.

This page will serve to provide you with the most recent and relevant information related to St. Pete’s restart.

City Summer Camps
For the safety of our participants and staff and after much deliberation, the City summer camps will open June 1 with limited enrollment spots available.
- The lottery will only be open to St. Petersburg residents. Recreation staff will be contacting eligible families between May 18-20.
- Camp spots will be prioritized for First Responders, Healthcare Professionals, and essential City Employees who are current patrons and St. Petersburg residents.
- Nonresidents or new participants will not be permitted to enter the lottery due to the limited spots available.
Click here to see more details in the Orders and Policies section.

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  • 05.16.2020 City Summer Camps

    SUMMER CAMPS TO OPEN JUNE 1 WITH LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE AND NEW CAMP GUIDELINES
    For the safety of our participants and staff and after much deliberation, the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department will hold summer camps, including elementary and middle school camps at recreation centers, technology camps, therapeutic recreation camps, and nature camps, with limited enrollment spots available.

    Due to the requirement for drastically reduced camp enrollment this year, there will be a lottery implemented to determine camp spots. The lottery will only be open to St. Petersburg residents currently enrolled in Before/After School Program, residents who were enrolled in Summer Camp in 2019, and residents currently enrolled in the 2020 Summer Camp program. Camp spots will be prioritized for First Responders, Healthcare Professionals, and essential City Employees who are current patrons and St. Petersburg residents. Nonresidents or new participants will not be permitted to enter the lottery due to the limited spots available. If you have already registered for 2020 Summer Camp, refunds will be issued as appropriate.

    Recreation staff will be contacting eligible families between May 18-20 and placing interested families into the lottery. Families will be notified of the results on Friday, May 22, by phone or email. Families selected in the lottery, who are not currently registered, will be required to complete the camp registration at the selected camp site in person on Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, May 29, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    Camp guidelines have been implemented and are as follows:
    • Recreation center camp groups will be offered at a 9:1 ratio of children to staff. Camp Red Bird and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s nature camps will offer an 8:2 ratio of children to staff.
    • Drop off will take place between 7:30 – 9 a.m. and pick up will take place between 4 – 5:30 p.m.
    • Camp sign-in will be conducted outside the center each day during drop off and pick up times, and we ask that parents do no enter the facility unless needing to make a payment; however, we encourage all payments be made online.
    • During drop off time, each child’s temperature will be taken. Participants who have a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted into the facility. Parents are encouraged to be on alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep their child at home if they are sick.
    • Doors to the recreation centers will remain locked and will not be open to the public except during camp drop off and pick up times.
    • The facility will be sanitized throughout the day.
    • Field trips or on-site activities that bring in additional people will not be offered; however, swim time, when possible, will be available to camp participants.
    • The facility will be sanitized throughout the day.
    • Children and staff are encouraged to wear face masks but are not required.

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are still in effect and we encourage our community and participants to adhere to these guidelines. For more information about summer camps, please contact 727-893-7441 or visit www.stpeteparksrec.org/camps.

  • 05.14.2020 St. Petersburg Library Reopening Plan

    We are excited to announce the reopening plans for St. Petersburg’s libraries in the coming weeks in accordance with state guidelines as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, including physical distancing of 6 ft. or more from others.

    The following services will be available to the public effective Monday, May 18, 2020:
    - Computer access will be available by appointment between the hours of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the James Weldon Johnson Community, North Community, and South Community Libraries. Please contact the participating library of your choice to schedule an appointment.
         - Computer sessions will be limited to one hour and will be prioritized for job applications, applying for benefits or other social services, accessing online library resources and services, as well as connecting with others via social media. Gaming and entertainment uses are not available at this time.
    - Book returns will be open at the Main and Mirror Lake Community Libraries.
         - Please note that due dates have been extended to July 1, for PPLC member libraries. For more information, please visit www.pplc.us. Donations are not accepted at this time for the safety of the community and staff.

    Curbside delivery service will be made available by appointment at the Main and Mirror Lake Community Libraries effective June 1, 2020. Curbside pick-up appointments will be scheduled from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

    Please contact the participating location of your choice for more information about these on-site services and to schedule an appointment starting Monday, May 18:
    - James Weldon Johnson Community Library, 727-893-7113
    - Main Community Library, 727-893-7724
    - Mirror Lake Community Library, 727-893-7268
    - North Community Library, 727-893-7214
    - South Community Library, 727-893-7244

    Programs, meeting rooms, and play areas for children will remain closed until further notice. Our partnership libraries, the Childs Park Community Library at the Childs Park YMCA and the West Community Library at the St. Petersburg College – Gibbs Campus, will remain closed pending the reopening of those facilities.

    Virtual programming is available on the St. Petersburg Library System Facebook. The library team continues to happily serve the community with a variety of virtual services, including:
    - live chat and email for research requests;
    - webmail for information and account matters;
    - online reader’s advisory for customized book recommendations;
    - story time, craft, and STEM videos by Stories Promote Amazing Reading Kids (S.P.A.R.K.) Team;
    - online Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meetings and game nights;
    - Info Bytes instructional videos and more.

    For more information on these programs and services, please visit www.splibraries.org.

  • 05.11.2020 Facilities Update

    Now open to the public:
    - Athletic courts
    - Dog parks
    - Skate parks

    CDC guidelines are still in effect:
    - Keep a physical distance of 6 ft. or more from others
    - Gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited

  • 05.01.2020 City Beaches and Pools Reopen

    BEACHES WILL OPEN EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 4: By the order of Pinellas County, St. Petersburg’s beaches will reopen on Monday, May 4. This includes Lassing Beach, Maximo Beach, North Shore Beach, and the St. Petersburg Municipal Beach at Treasure Island.

    Please be aware that swimming is not permitted at Lassing Beach.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines are still in effect. Please continue to practice physical distancing of 6 ft. or more and large gatherings are prohibited.

    CITY POOLS WILL OPEN EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 4: The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department will be opening North Shore Aquatic Complex and Walter Fuller Pool.

    Hours of operation for these pools are as follows:
    -North Shore Aquatic Complex: Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    -Walter Fuller Pool: Monday – Friday from 5 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    Guidelines have been created to ensure the safety of all patrons and to follow CDC guidelines currently in place. Guidelines are as follows:
    The pools will only be open for Swim to Stay Fit, Masters Lap Swimming, and St. Petersburg Aquatics (SPA) program participants for the use of lap swimming. General public or recreational swimming will not be permitted. For more information, contact:
    - North Shore Aquatic Complex at 727-893-7916 or 727-893-7727
    - Walter Fuller Pool at 727-893-7676

    The play pool at these facilities will remain closed.

    Lanes will be limited to one person per lane unless lane is being used with immediate family members.

    Reservations are required to use facilities. Each available time slot will begin at the top of each hour throughout the day. There is a 45-minute time limit for each time slot.

    North Shore Aquatic Complex will begin accepting reservations on Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Walter Fuller Pool will begin accepting reservations on Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To make a reservation, please contact:
    - North Shore Aquatic Complex at 727-893-7916 or 727-893-7727
    - Walter Fuller Pool at 727-893-7676.

    For additional information on facility and amenity closures and program suspensions for Leisure Services, please visit www.stpeteparksrec.org.

    For updates on golf courses, visit www.golfstpete.com.

  • 04.30.2020 Statement from Mayor Rick Kriseman related to April 29, 2020 State of Florida Order

    Related to restaurants in St. Petersburg, they may prepare to follow the state’s order permitting them to open at 25 percent occupancy indoors and with six foot spacing between tables outdoors beginning on May 4th, 2020. I want to be clear that the state's order does not require restaurants and retail establishments to open on Monday, it simply permits them to do so if they choose to do so. Retail establishments that were previously closed may also reopen on Monday at 25 percent occupancy. Our current reading of the recent order is that localities cannot expand the governor’s restrictions, only further restrict them, and I will not do that in this instance.

    I can assure all restaurateurs and business owners in St. Petersburg that they will have time to prepare if I were to further restrict a state order. It is important that our restaurants and retail establishments have clarity as soon as possible and that there is uniformity whenever possible.

  • 04.14.2020 Parks and Recreation Closure Update

    For the health and safety of the community, the following athletics courts and amenities have been closed to the public:
    • Dog parks
    • Skateparks
    • Jai-Alai court
    • Tennis courts
    • Handball courts
    • Pickleball courts
    • Basketball courts
    • Volleyball courts

    The St. Petersburg Police Department is actively monitoring areas and amenities closed to the public and is educating individuals that violate closures on proper guidelines. If you have questions regarding these closures, please contact the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department at 727-893-7441.

    ORGANIZED SPORTS AND PICK-UP GAMES
    Organized sports and pick-up games are prohibited in the parks. Please refrain from organized sports or pick-up games and large gatherings per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The St. Petersburg Police Department will be communicating with those that violate CDC guidelines and the Safer At Home Order while using open spaces and parklands.

    For additional information on facility closures and program suspensions for Leisure Services, please visit www.stpeteparksrec.org. 

    For updates on golf courses, visit www.golfstpete.com.

    Questions about event and program suspensions and facility closures should be directed to the appropriate department:
    • St. Petersburg Golf Courses, 727-893-7054
    • St. Petersburg Library System, 727-893-7724
    • St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department, 727-893-7441

  • 04.03.2020 Libraries Closure Update

    All City of St. Petersburg Libraries are closed to the public until further notice, but assistance is still available. For a St. Pete Library card or help with your library account, Contact Us or email webmail.library@stpete.org.

    Your library card gives you access to electronic books, music, videos that are still available for free. Go to splibraries.org and click on "Download & Stream" to view and access the many offerings. Also, the individual apps can be downloaded to your mobile device.

  • 04.03.2020 Virtual City Council Meetings

    Starting April 16, St. Petersburg City Council meetings will resume virtually through the Zoom Webinar tool. The virtual meetings will still be broadcast on SPTV or accessible at stpete.org/TV.

    To participate in a live virtual meeting, find more information at stpete.org/meetings.

    Any questions, call the Clerk’s Office at 727-893-7448.

  • 04.03.2020 Fighting Chance Fund Announced

    Today, the City of St. Petersburg announced the creation of the Fighting Chance Fund. This emergency grant will be available to St. Pete residents who own and independently operate small businesses which have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 orders. The fund is expected to provide critical support to about 1,000 restaurant, bar, retail, and service-based businesses and their more than 3,000 eligible employees. The City's goal is to help offset the significant, temporary loss of revenue during this global pandemic.

    For more information, visit the Fighting Chance Fund webpage.

  • 03.27.2020 MSC Closed; Online/Phone Services Available

    Effective Monday, March 30, in-person City services are suspended at the Municipal Services Center and Sanitation Administrative & Operations Buildings. During the closure, online/phone services are available to serve your needs:

    Parking Citation Payment Office
    Phone: 727-551-3125
    E-mail: parking@stpete.org

    Codes Compliance
    Phone: 727-893-7373
    Fax: 727-892-5558
    See Click Fix is an alternate way to register a complaint

    Housing & Community Development Department
    Contact: Deborah Freeman
    Phone: 727-892- 5554

    Construction Services & Permitting
    Phone: 727-893-7231
    E-mail: permits@stpete.org

    Impacted Billing & Collections divisions and contact information are listed below:
     
    Business Tax Division
    Phone: 727-893-7241 option 2
    Email: License@stpete.org

    False Alarms Division
    Phone: 727-892-5969

    City Collections (City Invoices, Special Assessments, Utility Liens)
    City Invoices Phone: 727-892-5410
    Special Assessments Phone: 727-893-7196
    Utility Liens Phone: 727-893-7824

    Utility Accounts Customer Support
    Phone: 893-7341
    Email: utility.bill@stpete.org

    Payments by check for all Billing & Collections divisions above should include any pertinent information and be mailed to:

    Billing & Collections Department
    Attn: Central Cashiers Office
    P.O. Box 2842
    St. Petersburg, FL. 33731
    Main Phone Line: 727-893-4112

    Don't see the department you're looking for listed? Contact Mayor's Action Center at 727-893-7111 or Action@stpete.org.

  • 03.26.2020 Closures Update

    Closures effective Thursday, March 26, by Pinellas County: Exercise/Fitness Zones, Playgrounds.

  • 03.23.2020 Statement from Mayor Rick Kriseman

    A statewide, uniform, reasonable order limiting non-essential movement and activity will better protect Floridians and prove far more effective at flattening the curve than multiple policies among 67 counties and hundreds of cities and towns. Only Governor DeSantis can mitigate inconsistencies and confusion by ordering Floridians to ‘stay at home’ as soon as possible. Without such an order, St. Petersburg and municipalities across the state are likely to move forward on their own.

  • 03.20.2020 Update

    Mayor Rick Kriseman and Florida Urban Partnership request relief for Floridians

  • 03.20.2020 Closures Update

    OSunken Gardens and The Coliseum are now closed. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is still open.

  • 03.19.2020 Planning and Development Services Update

    COVID-19 Planning and Development Services Operations Update

  • 03.18.2020 Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs Update

    As St. Pete continues to prepare for the developing COVID-19 pandemic, the City team recognizes that it can be difficult to discern which state, county and local guidelines to follow – especially in regard to restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

    At the minimum, the city is expected to follow the guidelines set forth by The Office of Governor Ron DeSantis. At this time, the Governor has ordered:
    - Restaurants: 50% capacity* with 6 ft. between tables; takeout and delivery encouraged; employees must be screened
    - Bars and nightclubs: establishments with offerings that are more than 50% alcohol are closed for next 30 days, effective 3/17/20 5 p.m.

    Governor's Office Link: www.flgov.com

    In addition to the Governor’s order, Pinellas County has followed the lead of the City of St. Petersburg to put forth more stringent orders. These additional measures were designed with specific consideration to residents and local businesses. Additional county/local orders include:
    - Restaurants: last call for alcohol in St. Pete is 9 p.m.

    Visit stpete.org/emergency to receive real-time updates and resources regarding COVID-19.

    *50% capacity is not necessarily equivalent to 50 people/patrons. If you do not know your occupancy load, please contact The Greenhouse at 727-893-7146 or info@stpetegreenhouse.com.

  • 03-18-2020 ATTN: Businesses that offer take out or food delivery

    Upon request—2 additional 15 min “Loading Zones” may be temporarily added on each side of any downtown block where metered or time-limited parking exists. Any business that serves food, that does not already have a dedicated parking lot and wishes to take advantage of this program, please contact Keith Glasgow, Parking Division Manager at keith.glasgow@stpete.org with the request. Only 2 spaces per side, per block are available to be added, on a first-requested, first served basis. There is no charge or fee for this program.

  • 03.17.2020 Parks & Recreation and Libraries Update

    The health and safety of our community is our first priority. The City of St. Petersburg’s emergency management team and leadership met to discuss City operations regarding COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended social distancing and public gatherings of 50 people or more be cancelled. Following the CDC’s guidance, the City of St. Petersburg will be closing all recreation and community centers, pools and libraries.

    In addition to facility closures, the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department and St. Petersburg Libraries Department will also suspend the following programs, events and services effective Tuesday, March 17:
    - All classes and programs taking place at a City center, pool or library.
    - All library public meeting room reservations will be cancelled.
    - All Healthy St. Pete’s free fitness classes, Health360 classes and Fresh Rec Stop Cooking Demos
    - Nature camps and programs at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
    - Youth, teen and adult sports leagues
    - Teen technology classes at TASCO’s Center for Teen Technology
    - Rental permits for centers, parks, pools and athletic fields and complexes
    - Stories of Women Leaders in St. Petersburg March 18 and March 20
    - Night Spiker at Elva Rouse Park on March 20
    - James Weldon Johnson Literacy Festival on March 21
    - Teen BBQ Cook-off and Yard Sale at Crescent Lake Park on April 4
    - Senior Hall of Fame at the Museum of Fine Arts on April 23
    - Healthy St. Pete’s Healthier Together Workshop on April 24
    - Green Thumb Festival in Walter Fuller Park on April 25-26

    The Libraries will not be charging fines while closed. Book drops will be locked. Library materials should be kept until libraries reopen; no additional fees will be charged.

    Concessions at Mangrove Bay will be takeout only. The gift shop and nature center at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve will be closed; however, the nature preserve will remain open.

    The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department’s administrative office, 1400 19th St. N., will also remain open. Questions about these events, programs and facility closures should be directed to the appropriate department:
    - St. Petersburg Golf Courses, 727-893-7054
    - St. Petersburg Library System, 727-893-7724
    - St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation Department, 727-893-7441

    Additionally, the following cosponsored or permitted events will be suspended. For questions regarding these event suspensions, please contact the event organizer.
    - Mobile Food Pantry at Childs Park on March 18
    - Heroes Memorial Run at Demens Landing on March 20
    - Southeastern Guide Dogs Walk on March 21
    - St. Pete Annual Community Day at Lake Vista Park on March 28
    - Get Downtown/First Friday in Downtown St. Petersburg on April 2
    - Tampa Bay Bluesfest on April 3
    - Easter Celebration in Denver Park on April 4
    - PCC Community Egg Hunt in Lake Vista Park on April 4
    - Southwest Florida Tour de Cure on April 5
    - Community Festival in Campbell Park on April 11
    - Easter During Sunrise in Elva Rouse Park on April 12
    - Sunrise Service in Vinoy Park on April 12
    - Easter Sunrise Service at Williams Park on April 12
    - American Stage in the Park at Williams Park on April 15 – May 17
    - WUSF Longest Table on April 16
    - Food Truck Rally in Albert Whitted Park on April 17
    - St. Petersburg Aquatics Meet at North Shore Aquatic Complex on April 17-19
    - Mainsail Art Festival in Vinoy Park on April 18-19
    - SPCA Tampa Bay Pet Walk on April 18
    - SPC/USFSP Good Vibes Only Art & Music Festival in Williams Park on April 25
    - Painting in the Park in North Straub Park on April 25
    - Meek & Mighty/St. Anthony’s Triathlon at North Shore Aquatic Complex on April 25-26

  • 03.16.2020 Public Address

    Mayor’s March 16 Public Address on COVID-19

  • 03.16.2020 Update

    City Council meetings are canceled until April 9th pending further review. Other public meetings, such as boards and committees, are canceled until further notice.

    Libraries, recreation centers, pools, Enoch Davis Center, and the Sunshine Center, are closed to the public until further notice. Outdoor playgrounds and exercise zones will receive considerable attention from our City team to ensure cleanliness.

    Like many places of employment throughout St. Pete, the City of St. Petersburg will be amending the existing telecommuting policy to allow more of the servant leaders who work for residents to do so at home. Business leaders are encouraged to do the same for their workforces, as best they are able.

    The City of St. Petersburg asks that residents take advantage of the City’s online platforms. For constituent service, that means stpete.org/action and the SeeClickFix platform. For permitting, please utilize the Open Counter platform found at stpete.org. While the City is not currently shutting off delinquent water accounts in order to ensure proper hygiene, water payments should continue and it is preferred that accounts be paid online at stpete.org/payyourbill or via telephone at 727-893-7341. Additional City practices may impact the personal interaction of City staff members with the public. We ask for your understanding during this time.

  • 03.15.2020 Childcare Suspension

    Keeping our children, community and employees safe is our top priority. In an effort to keep our community healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department will be suspending childcare, including Spring Camps, effective Monday, March 16. If you have any questions, please contact your childcare facility.

    We continue to encourage residents and visitors using our amenities to help us in keeping areas clean by washing your hands. The City of St. Petersburg continues to coordinate with our local officials and the Florida Department of Health, and we will continue to update the community on any changes through our website at www.stpete.org.

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