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 ensure 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.
API 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. at St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. The public is encouraged to attend. Time for public comment is provided at each meeting. You may call the Community Affairs Department at 727-893-7345 for information about meetings and accessibility issues.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of St. Petersburg has completed the process of updating its ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan to ensure that its public facilities, services, and programs are accessible to people with disabilities. St. Petersburg City Council approved the ADA Transition Plan in January 2017.
Comments on specific recommendations for modifications to city facilities, programs, services and activities may be submitted to:
Human Resources Dept., ATTN: ADA & Diversity Coordinator
Municipal Services Center
One 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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.
CAPI works with the City on housing issues, including modifications and reasonable accommodations for accessible living. Under CAPI’s guidance and recommendation, City Council passed a Visitability Ordinance in 2004 and the City continues to enforce its requirements.
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 the 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 St. Petersburg City Council for final consideration.