City of St. Pete Beach 60th Anniversary ‘Best of SPB’ Awards

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, the City of St. Pete Beach celebrated 60 years at a celebration brunch at the Don Cesar with over 150 people in attendance. A presentation was given on the history of St. Pete Beach by Lance Peterson and Michael Heerschap of the Gulf Beaches Museum. Leading up to the brunch the City of St. Pete Beach conducted a survey to reveal the “Best Of” in St Pete Beach. The results were announced at the brunch. And the winners are:

Best Hotel – Plaza Beach Resort
Best Place for Breakfast –Seahorse Restaurant
Best Place for Lunch – Willy’s Burgers and Booze
Best Place for Dinner – Snapper’s Sea Grill
Best Small Business – Barracuda’s Deli Cafe
Best Large Business – TradeWinds Island Resorts
Best Retail Shop – Bamboozle Best Bar – Drunken Clam
Best Place for Live Music – Jimmy B’s
Best Place for Ice Cream – Larry’s Ice Cream and Gelatos

Congratulations to all the winners. The City of St Pete Beach is a great place to live and work because of businesses like these. To see pictures and slide show from the brunch go to www.spbrec.com or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spbrec/.

Asphalt Paving Schedule for St. Pete Beach

The City contractor for asphalt paving will begin paving on Monday, July 17th. Please help with the program by insuring your car and other obstacles are not on the street on the day scheduled for paving.  The process this year is called Micro-Surfacing.  It is an asphalt rejuvenation slurry mix that is applied by spraying it on the surface of the street.  This process is designed to rejuvenate the surface of the street to bring it back to an almost new condition extending the life of the pavement by approximately 7 years.  We use this process as an extremely cost effective maintenance measure to reduce the cost of having to actually remove the street and put down brand new asphalt.

The Schedule:

July 17

  • 73rd Ave from Blind Pass to Gulf Blvd
  • 73rd Ave from Sunset to Coquina
  • 72nd Ave from Gulf Blvd to Coquina
  • 71st Ave from Gulf Blvd to Bay
  • 71st  Ave from Gulf Blvd to Beach

July 18

  • Bay St from Corey Ave to the south dead end
  • Aloha Dr. from 55th Ave to the cul-de-sac
  • Leilani Dr. from 55th Ave to the cul-de-sac
  • Pali Way from 55th Ave to the cul-de-sac

July 19

  • 55th Ave from Gulf Blvd to the cul-de-sac

July 20

  • 64th Ave from Gulf Blvd to Sunset
  • Sunset Way from 64th Ave to 67th Ave
  • Punta Vista Dr. from Gulf Blvd to the dead end

The schedule is subject to change due to weather and mechanical equipment issues. Information courtesy of the city of St. Pete Beach.

St. Pete Beach Receives New Medic Unit 22

St. Pete Beach residents and visitors can feel safer this summer. St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue received their new medic unit and placed in full service on June 21, 2017. This unit will be located at the St. Pete Beach Fire Station 22, 1950 Pass A Grille Way. Medic 22 will primarily provide advance life support medical care to residents and visitors of St. Pete Beach and the surrounding communities.

New Medic 22 is a 2017 Ford F550 4X4 and will replace a 2001 Freightliner model. Medic 22 will be the newest addition to the fire department’s fleet. Medic 22 has a custom built rescue body, built by Hall-mark RTC, based in Ocala Florida.
In addition to its primary function, the unit is equipped with water rescue equipment including marine radios, search lights, dual swim boards and Water Extrication Team (WET) equipment. The WET Team is a rapidly deployed team of two to four divers using rapid extrication SCUBA equipment. The goal of this specialty equipment is to allow rescuers to don their gear in rapid fashion and enter the water to rescue victims from sub-surface marine environments.

We are proud of the level of service that our fire fighters-paramedics provide and the new medic unit facilitates that service.

For additional information related to this story, please contact Jim Kilpatrick, Fire Chief at (727) 363-9206 or firechief@stpetebeach.org.

Information courtesy of the City of St. Pete Beach.

SPB Connect App

Stay alert and informed this hurricane season with the City of St. Pete Beach’s app SPB Connect, the official platform for residents to access their government in a single location. With this new tool, residents can submit, track, and view nearby service requests through their smartphones, online, via phone, and SMS. Residents can also use the app to find information on public health, safety warnings, evacuation notices, severe weather and major service interruptions as they occur through notifications sent right to your device.

SPB Connect is a free service and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for immediate use. It is also available through the city’s website at www.stpetebeach.org.

To learn more about using Public Stuff in your community, please visit publicstuff.com/tour, or contact Jennifer McMahon, Recreation Director, at 363-9245 or rddirector@stpetebeach.org.

St. Pete Beach Announces Online Permitting

The City of St. Pete Beach is pleased to announce that they now have on-line permitting. You can now submit for and pay for various permits on-line, request an inspection for an existing permit, review the address’ complete permit history and can see when an inspection has passed, all on-line. To access this information, on-line go on their citizen portal and register as a user and you will have immediate access to the information that is in our system.

The web address is: https://aca3.accela.com/STPETEBEACH/ If you have trouble accessing the information or have other questions regarding this, or any of our services please contact the Community Development Department at 727.363.9214.

Staycation Spotlight: Just Let Go @ Guy Harvey Outpost

Enjoy RumFish Grill, water adventures, s’mores, pet-friendly & family fun for all!

Why fight traffic and airport security lines? TradeWinds Island Resorts (Island Grand, Guy Harvey Outpost) may be the best staycation in Florida. Here, you can enjoy the amazing amenities of two resorts for the price of one. ”We are committed to ensuring that every guest can ‘Just let go’ while visiting one of our resorts,” says President Keith Overton.

This is where the Little Mermaid would vacation if she could. In addition to getting more bang for your buck, when you vacation at St. Pete Beach’s world-renown sister hotels, you’ll revel on the same award-winning sugary sand beaches with awesome Gulf views and a seaworthy commitment to clean oceans and marine education. Amenities such as BodyWorks spa and fitness, a coffee bar, ice cream shoppe and a strolling pirate make for a jolly good time.

It’s the ultimate no-fuss vacation that NEVER ceases to amaze. You can swim with the fishes, take a behind the scenes tour of RumFish Grill’s massive aquarium, explore marine touch tanks, engage in sea-tastic activities and ogle fishy lore posted around the property. Where else can you get a learning vacation, paddleboard, relax in a hammock, get out of the sun in a covered swimming pool, enjoy delectable dining and outdoor adventures?

Whether you want adventure whooshing down the giant High Tide Water Slide, no-phone-zone family time paddleboating the lazy river or a spectacular romantic sunset stroll with champagne for two, TradeWinds Resorts is where both tourists and locals come to “Just Let Go.”

Book your staycation NOW: 866-JustLetGo or JustLetGo.com

Guy Harvey Outpost

Guy Harvey Outpost is where adventure begins. Relax at The SandBox beach lounge with live entertainment, VIP Cabanas, open fire tables and the popular SandBar. Dine on cutting-edge seafood at RumFish Grill showcasing a 33,500 gallon aquarium featured on Animal Planet’s hit show Tanked, indoor/outdoor bars, live entertainment and a retail store carrying the area’s largest selection of Guy Harvey merchandise. Explore the shore, master a stand-up paddleboard, take flight with JetLev, go on a fishing or diving adventure … or unwind around the whirlpool and two swimming pools, one for adults only, while the kids dive into an ocean of fun, try their skill on the Surf WipeOut, go on a seashell scavenger hunt, or spot dolphins on the marine bio camp. There’re even free s’mores around the campfire and biggie/little matching Adirondack beach chairs.

The Guy Harvey Outpost suites are more than rooms, they’re retreats beautifully decorated like something out of Coastal Living magazine. The standard room comes with two double beds, wireless internet access, HDTV, wet bar area with mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, toaster and dishware. Suites have a separate bedroom, and the resort fee covers daily deluxe beach cabana, overnight parking, unlimited rides on the High Tide Slide and Surf WipeOut, campfire s’mores, paddleboat rides and more.

Dining Galore

TradeWinds Island Resorts serves up a variety of palate-pleasing casual restaurants and bars, many with live music. Enjoy sports-driven entertainment bistros, relaxed poolside dining and tantalizing salads, steaks and seafood plus frozen boat drinks like the banana Island Escape or chocolate Mudslide.

RumFish Grill’s outstanding cuisine draws local and visiting food fanatics and fish lovers. Enjoy the finest Florida seafood (shrimp, grouper, cobia), delectable salads (wedge, chopped) and eclectic flavors (mango salsa, smoked tomato aioli). Don’t miss the grilled jerk swordfish burrito, sour orange mojo braised pork sandwich, paella, blue crab cakes or Gulf shrimp with stone ground grits.

Enhancing the dining experience is the mesmerizing aquarium, lionfish and juvenile tanks, live entertainment nightly plus indoor/outdoor bars that are worth visiting whether you’re staying at the Resort or just want a fun night out.

Pups & Pals Welcome

What’s a family vacation without the family pet? At TradeWinds, pets play and stay, and can even admire a quirky dog sculpture in their honor that benefits Southeast Guide Dogs. In addition to pet friendly suites, there’s a leash free Pet Play Zone and Doggie Accessory Center at Island Grand and walking area at Guy Harvey Outpost that will put an extra wag in every tail. There’s even a doggie drinking fountain and room service from the hotel’s “Paw Court Bistro.”

Sit. Stay. Play. This 3-night package includes discounted room rates in a pet-friendly suite and a resort amenity fee built right in! Fido can don this season’s hottest resort trend – a TradeWinds signature bandana and enjoy plenty of fetching amenities. Visit JustLetGo.com/Fido.

Who Is Guy Harvey?

The man behind Guy Harvey Outpost is Guy Harvey, a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer. He is also a fiercely devoted father and lover of the sea. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the island’s south coast. Obsessed with the creatures of the sea, he began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed. After his drawings of Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing story The Old Man and the Sea received positive reviews, Guy began painting full-time, and provided custom artwork for use on a variety of products. Guy Harvey’s natural gift to recreate marine life has propelled him from Professor of Marine Biology to an internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and photographer and is widely known as the John Audubon of marine art.

Article by Nanette Wiser

Scam Alert

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging the public to be on alert of scammers targeting elderly citizens identifying and posing as employees of the water department. Victims are told there is a water leak in their home and once the suspects gain entry, one suspect distracts the victim while the other suspect steals various jewelry and valuables. Pinellas County Sheriff’s De- partment encourages citizens to not allow anyone entry into their home without first verify- ing the status of their employment by either contacting your local water department or the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office at 727.582.6200.

2017 Summer Dive-In Movies at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center

Bring your noodles, floats and chairs to lounge by the pool while watching a movie on our inflatable screen out under the stars. Snacks, drinks and glow jewelry will be sold. No outside coolers or food allowed. Event will be cancelled in inclement weather.

Schedule
June 2- Moana
June 16- Jungle Book
June 30- Lego Batman
July 14- Finding Dory
July 28- Doctor Strange

–  Tickets on sale at 7pm; Gates open at 8pm.
–  Admission is $5.00 per person

Find out more at http://www.spbrec.com/special-events/.

Larry’s Donuts!

Larry’s adds Mini Donuts to the Beach’s Most Popular Dessert Menu!

“Mini Donuts was a natural brand extension for Larry’s; donuts are dessert just like ice cream and gelato…it’s in the family,” according to Alison Herman. “So, it made sense.” Family is more than the assortment of desserts offered at Larry’s at 6595 Gulf Blvd.…it’s what Larry’s is all about.  Owned for two decades by Alison’s mom, Dorothea Herman and her father Louis. Now owned and operated by mother and daughter, Larry’s remains a family-owned business and staple in St. Pete Beach as Alison branches into all things donut, gracing St. Pete Beach with the delightful, bite-full, treat in addition to the overwhelming variety of ice cream and gelatos.

Adding to the family business, the Herman’s bought Twistee Treat in 2004 so they could add, get this… 66 flavors of soft serve… to the ice cream eating public on St. Pete Beach. Family-owned and operated isn’t just a catch phrase for the Herman’s, it’s a way of life. Alison works side by side with her mother, Dore, managing, purchasing, menu planning, dealing with vendors, training staff… it’s more than a full-time job, it’s more than two full-time jobs. But, it’s also a labor of love. Love of ice cream, love of gelato, love of donuts, love of desserts, and most importantly, a love of family “My mom and I wanted to bring back the old-style, fresh made donut that you can’t get any where. Just like our ice cream and gelato (over 150 flavors) we offer the donuts in dozens of varieties.”

After a year of planning, Larry’s rolled out their mini donuts just as 2017 was replacing 2016.
“It took us a while to get the mix just right with us being literally at sea level and the salt air.” Their persistence and patience was worth the wait.

Larry’s now proudly makes the only fresh donuts in St. Pete Beach and serves them up with a myriad of toppings. There are the traditional favorites such as powdered, cinnamon sugar and glazed but that’s just for starters. With offerings ranging from Smores (chocolate glaze dusted with graham cracker crumbs and topped with marshmallow) to the Elvis (peanut butter icing topped with crumbled bacon).

Accompanying the new mini donuts are locally roasted Kahwa coffee and a cold-pressed, nitrogen-infused espresso, brewed in Sarasota. 

Mirroring the many different offerings on Larry’s menu is the crowd enjoying them: families, groups of young people, couples on dates, and folks of all ages. If you have questions about including Larry’s donuts in a family, church or school event, call (727) 360-4259

So, if you’re reading this article, come try some of Larry’s ice cream, gelato, or mini donuts. “Because, after all, there are no strangers, just family we have yet to meet!” says Alison.

By John Waterman

St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center Tidbits

Spring Swim Lessons at SPB Pool

Registration is going on now at The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr, for “Learn to Swim Classes” through the American Red Cross.  From three years of age and older, classes will teach proper technique and tips for safety in any water environment.  Classes are held Monday through Thursday and run in two-week sessions of 30-minute classes.  Classes are available at 5:00pm and 5:35pm.  A two-week session is only $40 for Residents of St. Pete Beach and $45 for Non Residents. For more information visit www.spbrec.com or call (727) 363-9264.

Kiwanis ‘Every Child a Swimmer’ Program

The City of St. Pete Beach is proud to announce our partnership with Kiwanis of Gulf Beaches to offer the Every Child A Swimmer program. The Kiwanis family offers the Every Child A Swimmer (ECAS) Project to Elementary School age children.  The mission of the program is to reduce the number of child deaths from drowning by teaching them water safety and swimming basics. The program runs from May 1th to May 16th with classes held Monday and Tuesday of each week and those selected will have a choice of a 6:00pm or 6:30pm class time.  Registration is limited and those interested can sign up on a first-come basis at The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, April 28th.  A parent or guardian must be present to complete paperwork and each child will be water tested at this time. For more information visit www.spbrec.com or call the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center at 727-363-9264.

Information Courtesy of the St. Pete Beach Recreation Department and the City of St. Pete Beach.