Vote for the 2017 Good ‘Burgers!

Voting for the 2017 Good ‘Burgers begins July 24th; the winners will be announced in late August. (Read about it in our weekly e-news and the October issue.) A Good ‘Burger is a business, organization, or individual in the greater St. Petersburg area making a positive impact in our community.


Paradise News congratulates this year’s nominees:

Arts & Culture: American Stage Theatre Company, Dazzio Art Society Inc., D-Gallerie, Florida CraftArt, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, Imagine Museum, Jannus Live, Morean Arts Center, The Palladium at St. Petersburg College

Eats & Treats: Annex 400 Beach, The Oyster Bar St. Pete, Parkshore Grill, Rococo Steak, Rubio’s Coastal Grill, RumFish Grill, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Thirsty First Lounge, Tropical Smoothie Café,

Wandering Whisk Bakeshop

Hot Spots & Hangouts: Caddys On Central, Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill, The Hollander Hotel,  The Hotel Zamora & Castile Restaurant, The Landing at Jannus, Noble Crust, The Pelican Pub, Park & Rec, Station House St. Pete, Tyrone Square – A Simon Property

Community Conscious: Boley Centers, Inc., Brain Tumor Alliance, CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), Children’s Dream Fund, Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, Lutheran Services Florida Pinellas Head Start / Early Head Start Services, Modern Business Associates, My Hope Chest, Pet Pal Animal Shelter, Urban Yoga Foundation

Makers & Creators: 2 Hungry Dogs Productions, 3 Daughters Brewing, AndreaDawnDesign, ClearpH Design, Flourish. Magazine Style Photography, Green Bench Brewing Co., Imagine Home Organization, Mother Kombucha, St. Petersburg Distillery Company, Tangible Labs

Cool Companies – Small: Big Sea, Inc., Bobby Poth Real Estate Group, Cyberlicious, DoMA Home Furnishings, Handcrafted Healing, Hartney Realty Firm, Orangetheory Fitness Downtown St Pete,

Pronto Car Wash & Quik Lube, St. Petersburg Music Factory, The Symphony Agency

Cool Companies – Large: ASI – American Strategic Insurance, Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg, Inc., FIS, Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Kobie Marketing, Paychex Inc, Sun Country Cleaners, USAmeriBank, UPC Insurance, Wallace Welch and Willingham

Most Valuable ‘Burger:

Bill Edwards – The Edwards Group
Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin – City of St. Petersburg
Dr. Savy Ford – Blossom Family Chiropractic
Gina Wilkins – The Kind Mouse
Greg Holden – Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc.
Jim Donatelli – Regions Bank
Juliet Kyes – ActionCOACH Tampa Bay
Michael Novilla – Founder of Entrepreneur Social Club
Ryan Griffin – Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP
Sean King – Solutions Behavioral Healthcare Consultants


Find out about the Good ‘Burger Awards Party here.

Article by Nanette Wiser

Three St. Petersburg Public Beaches Closed due to Poor Water Quality

As part of the City of St. Petersburg’s enhanced weekly testing, three (3) local waterways have been found to have poor water quality due to levels of 71 or greater Enterococci per 100 milliliters of marine water.  They are as follows:

Northshore Beach
Maximo Beach
Lassing Park

In an effort to better inform and educate citizens of St. Petersburg about their valuable water resources, Public Works officials have expanded the regularly scheduled testing of area recreational waterways.  Waters have been impacted by the runoff from recent rains.   It is recommended that there be no swimming until further testing shows a drop in the bacterial levels.  We will follow-up with a release indicating when the waters are safe for swimming.

Further information about the testing and potential dangers from increased Enterococci levels can be found at

May Movies in the Park Titles Announced

Interested in becoming a Movie sponsor? SPP offers Movies in the Park each May and October. Click here for info: Movie Sponsor Packet. Scroll down to see the May 2017 movie sponsor list.

Bring family and friends to enjoy FREE film classics and live music each Thursday evening in May on St. Petersburg’s beautiful downtown waterfront in N. Straub Park. The fun begins with music at 7 pm and movies at dark in the park, on Beach Dr. and between 4th and 5th Avenues NE. Scroll down for the May movie schedule!

SPP is excited to offer as a bonus movie this spring Movies in the Park at Midtown. It will be a single showing on Thursday, April 27 in the beautiful garden at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum (2240 9th Ave. S.). Note: no alcohol or animals allowed at this movie.

Come to Movies early to choose a choice spot & sit back and enjoy the beautiful evening while listening to the live music and having a picnic. One can either purchase food & drink (including beer & wine except on April 27) from some of the best of the ‘Burg’s vendors set up in the park or you can bring your own. Bring a blanket or low seat, a limited number of folding chairs will be available. A great way to get to Movies in the Park is on bicycle! Pick-up a bike from one of the many Coast Bike Share stations, a convenient station is located next to Movies in the Park Downtown and in Midtown. If you bring your own bike, secure, on-site bicycle valet parking will be available thanks to Coast Bike Share.

Movies are free; pay-what-you-can donations appreciated.  This is the 8th season for Movies in the Park, an event many refer to as the best “small” event in the waterfront parks.

April 27 – Movies in the Park at Midtown – Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum – 2240 9th Ave. S.

Red Tails – (2012) rated PG13 With Cuba Gooding, Jr. The story of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen – they faced segregation on the ground but were heroes in the air. Evening’s music: Trumaine Lamar, aka Tru, delivers cunning lyrics, smooth melodies, and impressive percussion.

Movies in the Park – Downtown at North Straub Park

May 4

Charade (1963) – A night on the waterfront with Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant starring in a classic filled with suspense & romance –  you will be sorry if you miss out! The movie has it all: Hepburn’s character falling in love in Paris, a mystery, an Oscar nominated title song & the perfect supporting cast. Evening’s music: Rayzilla’s Hippie Slayers, a fixture in the Tampa Bay music scene for years, Rayzilla’s brings his newest ensemble to Movies in the Park with new songs drawing from his previous bands, the Dreamboats and the WAHH.

May 11

Princess Bride (1987) rated PG – A favorite for all ages with a magical mix of romance, fantasy, action & comedy. Evening’s music: Mezzu’ Mare, with the father/son duo of Jeff Pattishall & JJ Pattishall -two creative musicians with JJ on lead & baritone guitars and Jeff on violin & mandolin.  Expect to hear a variety of styles including jazz, rock, world, rhythm, and singer-songwriter music.

May 18

Footloose (1984) rated PG–With Kevin Bacon & Lori Swinger. A sound track with ‘80’s hit songs that will have you up before the night’s end singing & dancing! Evening’s music: The Joe Milligan Project, consisting of Joe Milligan (guitar and vocals), Bill La Grandier (percussion), Amanda Gerttula (violin), Russell Roush (bass), Douglas Lichterman (lead guitar), & Mandy Frick (background vocals). The band offers an eclectic sound ranging in style from stripped down acoustic folk, to full band rock and roll energy.

May 25

Top Gun (1986) rated PG – With Tom Cruise in this action-packed film that won an Oscar for best original song! Evening’s music: Funk Shui, a progressive funk powerhouse – be ready to dance!

Thank you to our community sponsors that make it possible for Movies in the Park to be FREE! Next time you visit a sponsor be sure to tell them thanks for supporting Movies in the Park!

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Movie Poster Artwork by our favorite local artist, Carrie Jadus 

City of St. Petersburg Announces 2017 Commercial Revitalization Program

The Commercial Revitalization Program (CRP) provides grant awards to projects that involve future work on a new or existing commercial building or development, improve business districts by redeveloping properties, decrease commercial vacancy rates, leverage private investment and add to the tax base. The city expects to have approximately $250,000 this fiscal year available for these grants.

The CRP will provide funding for projects on the city’s commercial corridors, outside of the downtown core, that provide visible improvements to a building or site, decrease vacancy rates of the area, provide missing retail or service opportunities, retain or create jobs, and/or create new commercial space. Successful applicants will be property owners that can demonstrate occupancy by a business (no speculative projects) or the business itself. This assistance is in the form of a grant, which will be paid at the successful completion of the project. Successful applicants will receive a Grant Agreement from the city, which may be used to secure needed funding to complete the project. Full program description, eligibility map and application can be found online at

The application cycle for FY 2017 will begin on April 3, 2017 and applications will be accepted through May 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Completed applications are to be submitted at One 4th Street North, 8th floor, in the office of Planning and Economic Development.

Applicants must submit the required Commercial Revitalization Program application and all attachments to the city’s Economic Development office. Staff will assist applicants throughout the process and will provide information regarding the additional resources and availability, including The Greenhouse, Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation (TBBIC), and the Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation.

For additional information, please contact:

Sophia Sorolis, Manager

Briana Ozor, Economic Development Analyst
Telephone: (727) 893-7100

St. Petersburg Preservation’s Movies in the Park

St. Petersburg Preservation’s (SPP) May Movies in the Park is just around the corner and that means the wait to find out which movies have been chosen is almost over! SPP will announce the movie selections and unveil the May 2017 movie poster on Thursday evening, April 6th, from 6:00-8:00 pm in the courtyard at The Ale & the Witch, 111 2nd Avenue NE. Proceeds from beer sales will be donated to St. Petersburg Preservation.  The event is free.
Movie trivia questions will be asked, offering hints to the movie titles that have been selected.  Prizes will be given to those who guess the May Movie title! 
What has become a tradition with Movies in the Park is the creation of a unique and collectable promotional poster by local artist Carrie Jadus. The wonderful and eclectic poster will be on display and for sale at the announcement party.
May Movies in the Park occurs each Thursday evening in May (4, 11, 18 & 25). Each movie evening starts with live local music at 7 pm followed by the movie on the big outdoor screen at dusk.  The fun takes place in North Straub Park, between 4th Ave. & 5th Ave. NE on Beach Drive.  As a special bonus, Movies in the Park will also host a Movie at Midtown on Thursday, April 27th.  This movie will be held in the garden of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum (2240 9th Avenue South).  Movie goers can come early, enjoy live music before the movie and enjoy a picnic they can either bring or purchase food from Midtown vendors who will be set up on-site. Bicycling to movies is a fun way to arrive and free bicycle valet parking will be provided by Coast Bike Share during the movies.  Movies are free. 
SPP hosts Movies in the Park on Thursday evenings during the months of May and October. The event started in 2010 as part of the Downtown Waterfront Park Centennial and has become one of the best and most loved events offered in St. Pete’s waterfront parks.
Thanks to Oscar level sponsors Sylvia Rusche State Farm Insurance, AARP Tampa Bay and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital for their support in making Movies in the Park a success!

Healthy St. Pete Counts Steps Toward Wellness with April 1 Fit City Celebration

Everyone’s invited to embrace wellness during a community-wide Fit City Celebration in North Straub Park on April 1. The family-friendly wellness event from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. features a non-timed Fit City 5K and one-mile walk, health and wellness vendors, fitness demos, healthy food choices, a kids’ play zone and more. The Fit City Celebration is free and open to the public, although there is a small registration fee for the 5K. Participation in the Healthy St. Pete Fitness Challenge is not required to attend.

The city’s Healthy St. Pete Wellness Champions, including Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, Time Restricted; Joe Zeoli, Age Defying Fitness; Leslie Furlong and Louise Fowler, Weight Loss Warriors; Jing Lou, Fitness Enthusiast; and Stephanie Dunseith, St. Pete Fit Mom – will lead category participants in activities during the event.

Individuals or teams may register for the Fit City 5K and 1 mile walk at or in North Straub Park on April 1 beginning at 7:30 a.m. While the walk is free, registration for the 5K will cost $12, ($10 plus a $2 convenience fee) through March 15; after March 15, prices increase to $17 ($15 plus a $2 convenience fee). Participants in both events will receive a t-shirt and commemorative finisher’s medal.

There’s still time to adopt a healthier lifestyle by signing up for the virtual Healthy St. Pete Fitness Challenge. Now through March 31, visit, choose your fitness category, and submit the online commitment card.  Registered participants receive weekly e-blasts containing fitness and nutrition tips from our partner SmithBuilt Fitness; wellness, recreation, and exercise suggestions from Healthy St. Pete and St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation; tips and motivation from each category’s Wellness Champion; and are eligible for random prize drawings. For maximum benefit, participants are encouraged to choose only one fitness category but may include exercises from the other four categories as they make progress. Participants are also invited to like and follow their Wellness Champion on Facebook under “Follow Your Champion” at

MLB Launches the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest

Major League Baseball today announced that the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest is now available online at for fans to share stories of how they, or their loved ones, are supporting the cause to raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer. The contest, which launched in 2009, will identify one fan per MLB Club who has a personal connection to breast cancer and has demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease. 

Breast cancer survivors, friends and family, advocates and supporters of the cause, regardless of gender, can now submit stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going to Bat Against Cancer” by visiting Entries can be submitted through Wednesday, April 12 at 4:59 p.m. ET. To participate in the contest, entrants must be at least 18 years old.

Supporters of contest participants have the opportunity to vote online for these inspirational stories.  Winners will receive pink MLB merchandise and be recognized on the field prior to the Rays 1:10 p.m. game against the New York Yankees on Sunday, May 21.

The panel of judges will help select the winning submissions based on the following criteria: quality of submission in describing the nominee’s personal connection to breast cancer, the nominee’s commitment to the battle against breast cancer through education/awareness/fundraising/additional efforts, and public appeal (as determined by the public online vote). Each judge will review a portion of the submissions, and their rankings will be considered in the selection process.

On Mother’s Day, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Players also will wear specially-designed uniforms that incorporate pink into the Clubs’ regular logos. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Games will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also will use pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other pink items from Mother’s Day games will be auctioned exclusively on to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In eight years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 3 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.

For more information, please visit

SHINE Mural Festival Announces Monthly Bike Tours

The SHINE Mural Festival continues their new series of guided bicycle tours bringing riders up close for a personal look at St. Pete’s colorful outdoor art gallery.

Dubbed Tour de SHINE, the tours spring dates include March 25th, April 23rd, and May 21st. A maximum of 75 guests can ride along for just $20 per person – or purchase a $40 ticket to also receive a commemorative Tour de SHINE T-shirt designed by Chad Mize.

A portion of tour proceeds, and all T-shirt proceeds, benefit the SHINE Mural Festival.

Now entering its third year, the SHINE festival illuminates the power of art in accessible spaces by revitalizing areas and inspiring dialogue. A non-profit public art project built in partnership between local artists and community members, the festival has brought more than 30 vibrant new murals to downtown St. Petersburg since being founded in 2015.

Expertly painted by international, national, and local artists, these murals enrich the city’s public outdoor gallery and unite the St. Pete community, reflecting the intensely creative spirit of our City of the Arts.

To learn more about Tour de SHINE and book your spot, please visit

What: Tour de SHINE – bicycle mural tours
Dates: Mar 25, Apr 23, May 21
Start time: 10 a.m.
Location: St. Pete Bike Co-Op, 559 Mirror Lake Drive N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tickets: $20 regular ticket / $40 ticket includes commemorative T-shirt

Third Annual DTSP Sunshine Award Winners Announced

More than 100 people gathered at the Museum of History to enjoy Hops & Props hors ‘oeuvres and drinks. Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin announced the winners, culled from more than 2,000 nominating votes, acknowledging individuals and business who make DTSP a great live/work/play neighborhood. Special thanks to our Annual Sponsor Smith & Associates Real Estate For more information or to join SPDNA visit

Things to do: Second Saturday ArtWalk
Casual dining: Moon Under Water
Fine dining: Parkshore Grill
Drinks: Green Bench Brewing Company
Shop: Savory Spice Shop
Arts & Culture: Museum of Fine Arts
Business – Small:UPS Store
Business – Large: Publix
Downtown Hero:  John Collins, St. Petersburg Arts Alliance

2016-2017 Preservation Award Winners Announced at Awards Celebration

On February 8th, during a fun & exciting evening, SPP announced the 2016-17 Preservation Award recipients. A total of 22 awards were presented, ranging from the President’s Award given to City Council member and preservation stalwart Darden Rice (pictured) to the Award of Honor – Living Traditions given to the Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation for their Flamingos Forever project! Click here to view the complete list of award winners. To see photos of each, just click here! Some of the winners are noted below.

Two early 1950s gas stations recently given a new use received awards. Both are in the Grand Central Business District – Urban Comfort Restaurant & Brewery at 2601 Central Ave. and PomPom’s Tea House & Sandwicheria at 2950 Central Ave! These two projects show that preservation is good for business! Across the street from PomPom’s is a past award winner the Craftsman House!

Two awards were given for projects along 22nd St. S. – Elihu & Carolyn Brayboy received SPP’s Award of Honor for Contribution to Neighborhood Preservation. They are best known for opening Chief’s Creole Cafe (901 22nd St. S.) in a historic grocery store building but they are also leaders in revitalizing the “Deuces”, 22nd St. S. by reusing historic buildings. The other award went to Dwayne Barnes who is now the proud owner of Elma’s Cafe at 1235 22nd St. S., in the building that had been Yates Barber Shop for 45 years. The barbershop had been run by Dwayne’s uncle, Joe Yates!

Several outstanding homes were recognized with awards, including the intriguing mid-century home of Gerry Broughman – a Glenn Johnson designed Birdcage home, at 721 Pinellas Point Dr. S. In the early 1950’s, Johnson designed a group of these unusual homes, calling them Visionaire homes.

Another standout home is the 1923 Sargent residence, presently owned by Sharon Winters & Kendall Reid, at 806 18th Ave. NE. It is an exquisitely built airplane bungalow form of home, recently lovingly restored and designated as a local landmark by Sharon & Kendall.

Would you believe the home pictured to the right could be picked up & moved! Ken & Elizabeth Grimes were presented an Award of Honor for Landmark Restoration or Rehabilitation for the “Monticello”. The Grimes’ family saved the home from demolition by having it moved from its original downtown location to the corner of 8th Ave N. & 3rd St. and then beautifully restoring the home into a single family residence.

One multi-family residential renovation undertaken by Bob Jeffrey received an award. It is at the corner of Burlington Ave. N. & 20th St., in Historic Kenwood. Bob is a previous award winner! You have to appreciate his sense of humor – the more he got into the project the more work he found it needed and the more money it was costing, resulting in him calling the project, “Costa Lotta Apartments” – but its a grand success and fully rented!

Our city has a wonderful collection of historic churches. One that is often overlooked is the 1922 Bethel AME Church at 912 3rd Ave. N. The church received an Award of Honor for Preservation Technology and Craftsmanship. As a city landmark, the church was able to secure a state grant used to retain All Trades Historical Restoration to help ensure that the church building and its beautiful windows will be here for the future.

The St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club was an easy choice for the Award of Honor Keep St. Pete Special Award. The Club contributes to our vibrant and important heritage tourism business while doing a wonderful job of maintaining their historic building and grounds. The Friday Shuffle keeps St. Pete special by creating a multi-generational experience that you simply cannot get anywhere else!

And special thanks to Steve Quillian, who received the Award of Honor Hands on Preservation. Steve is an energetic reuse advocate and wood window restoring guru! Steve also annually puts on an exciting Historic Homes Workshop (this past weekend). The Workshop was an Awards Celebration Demens level sponsor. If you missed last weekend’s workshop, check out the monthly First Friday window workshops.