St. Pete Extra! September 2022 Edition
DO YOU KNOW YOUR COUNCIL DISTRICT? IT MAY CHANGE!
Redistricting is happening in St. Pete. This could change how you vote in City Council primary elections - and now is your opportunity to share your thoughts on how the new City Council districts should be drawn.
Make Your Voice Heard
Attend a public hearing!
When: Monday, Sept. 12, 2022
Time options: 9-11 a.m. OR 5-7 p.m.
Where: City Hall Council Chambers, 175 5th Ave. N
More about redistricting and upcoming public input opportunities at stpete.org/redistricting.
VISIT SELECT MUSEUMS...FOR FREE!
September 17 is Free Museum Day - a one-day event with museums all over the county and the country participating with free admission.
Check out museum websites and restrictions in advance, as some participating museums require reservations in advance and may only be eligible to local residents!
IT'S THE MOST [LOCAL-WATER-QUALITY-CONSCIOUS] TIME OF THE YEAR
That's right, the fertilizer ban is here. The rainy summer weather can cause nutrients from fertilizer to reach bodies of water and lead to environmental issues like algae blooms, fish kills and water quality problems (that's bad). To help prevent these environmental mishaps, the yearly fertilizer ban is in effect for the summer. Refrain from using fertilizer June 1 - September 30.
Find more eco-friendly tips at stpete.org/fertilizer
KEEPING UP WITH THE CITY’S BUDGET
Numbers people, this one’s for you! You’re invited to attend upcoming public hearings for the City’s FY23 budget.
Public Hearing #1
City Council adopts the tentative FY23 City budget and millage rate
Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.
Public Hearing #2
City Council considers adoption of the final FY23 budget and millage rate, and approval of the Capital Improvements Plan
Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
Attend live: City Hall Council Chambers (175 5th St. N.)
Watch live: stpete.org/TV or digital cable channels (Frontier – 20, Spectrum – 641, WOW! Cable – 15)
More at stpete.org/budget
UTILITY RATE CHANGES COMING DOWN THE PIPE
Utility billing rates and charges for water, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater and sanitation will be changing on Oct. 1, 2022, upon City Council approval.
We're here to help. Learn about what utility fees support, why rates are changing, affordability & assistance and more in the Utility Rate Changes Toolkit at stpete.org/rates
JOIN US ON ST. PETE'S ROAD TO ZERO WASTE BY RECYCLING
Recycling at home helps reduce waste and turn recyclable materials into new products. Recycling also helps conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. What's not to love?
If you're not currently recycling, we’re here to guide you through it. Learn about recycling in St. Pete and what can go in the bin at stpete.org/recycle. If you don't currently have a bin, see if your property is eligible for recycling service or request a recycling bin by calling 727-893-7838.
Find more waste reduction tips at stpete.org/ZeroWaste
ICYMI: HISTORIC GAS PLANT DISTRICT REDEVELOPMENT
A new RFP is being issued to ensure proposals for the 86-acre parcel reflect current needs - affordable housing, recreation, hotel and convention space, jobs, community impact and placemaking, etc.
Stay up to date by visiting stpete.org/gasplant
SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING
Pothole in need of repair? Dead tree in the right-of-way? Let the St. Pete Service Center know through the SeeClickFix mobile app! It’s quick and easy for residents to submit requests and report issues. App available on Google Play and Apple App Store.
STAY SAFE DURING STORM SEASON
Hurricane season is here! Do you know your evacuation zone? Have supplies? Do you live in a low lying area and need tips for flooding? Be ready before the storm by visiting StPetePrepares.com.
Visit stpete.org/GNG to see the Good Neighbor Guide to hurricane preparedness and insight on how to operate before, during, and after any storm that comes our way.
Don't forget to sign up for Alert St. Pete for safety messages in real-time. Stay safe, St. Pete!
ST. PETE'S BIG MURAL ENERGY
The SHINE Mural Festival returns for its eighth year, October 14-23, 2022. The internationally recognized street art festival will bring 17 new murals to the art districts and surrounding neighborhoods of St. Pete’s downtown.
Events and more at stpeteartsalliance.org
DO YOU OWN A HOME OR BIZ IN SOUTH ST. PETE?
Every year, the City rolls out opportunities specifically for you! Interested? Visit stpete.org/CRA. Each CRA opportunity has its own requirements & deadlines, so look closely!