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St. Petersburg to offer support during the federal government shutdown

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 22, 2019) - The City of St. Petersburg is offering free admission for federal employees to Sunken Gardens and Boyd Hill Nature Preserve beginning Saturday, January 19 throughout the duration of the federal government shutdown. Valid federal identification or a recent pay stub and photo ID is required to gain admission for residents, visitors and up to three of their guests.  

Regular admission to Sunken Gardens, located at 1825 4th St. N, is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 11. Regular admission to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, located at 1101 Country Club Way S, is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 3 to 16.

“It’s a small gesture of our appreciation for our federal workers and helps to provide them and their families with two additional fun outings to enjoy at no cost,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman.

Additionally, the City of St. Petersburg is accepting donations for the local US Coast Guard families through the Sun Coast branch of the US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA). There are collection boxes located at City Hall, 175 5th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL.

Below is a suggested list of items that could be of help:

  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Gas station gift cards (to allow Coast Guard personnel the ability to get to work)
  • Non-perishable food items, including snacks for kid’s lunchboxes, coffee, protein bars, healthy snacks, etc.
  • Cleaning items, including paper towels, dish soap, hand soap, bathroom and kitchen cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc.
  • Toiletry items to include toilet paper, feminine products, toothbrushes/toothpaste for adults and children, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
  • Baby items, diapers (all sizes) pull-ups (all sizes for both girl and boy) baby wipes
  • Pet food

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