The City of St. Petersburg prides itself on the robust measures it uses to protect its waterfront and park property, including within the City charter.
Where Are We Now?
Currently, the City charter protects City-owned waterfront and park property from being sold, donated or leased without a City-wide vote, with the exception of utility and recreational purposes. The charter protection maintains parklands but creates challenges when receiving certain grants from organizations for conservation and preservation efforts due to the requirement of a citywide referendum each time.
In the upcoming November general election, there will be a vote on the ballot to amend the City charter to expand the existing utility and recreational exceptions to include conservation and preservation purposes.
Conservation and preservation work is already being done on St. Pete’s waterfront and park property. This amendment to the charter would streamline the process for accepting grants from government agencies for solely conservation and preservation purposes, like restoration of wetlands and surface waterways, by no longer requiring a referendum each time.
What Does This Mean for You?
If adopted, the charter amendment would:
- Broaden the City’s ability to receive funding from other organizations
- More effectively protect the natural integrity of City-owned waterfront and park property
- Enable activities like restoration of wetlands and surface waterways
- Eliminate the need for a public vote for conservation and preservation purposes. Six or more affirmative votes from City Council would still be required for approval.