The New Seaside Seabird Sanctuary Invites Your to Check Out Their Improvements

seaside-seabird-sanctuary-logoSeaside Seabird Sanctuary has a new look! If you haven’t been by recently, they welcome you to come visit the new Seaside Seabird Sanctuary to check out all the improvements. They recently updated their facility, including new outdoor enclosure netting, repairing their fence perimeter, new signage, and general cleanup to make their facility a comfortable and welcoming environment for their avian residents and human guests. The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is excited about their future together and hope to have your full support as they move forward with their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick, injured and orphaned birds.
The Seaside Seabird Sanctuary is planning a grand opening to the community as Seaside Seabird Sanctuary in January 2017, to ensure their partners and supporters know about the work they are doing and the ongoing needs to continue their mission. These needs include an X-ray machine to allow their staff to better serve the birds they rescue, a utility van to aid in the rescue of injured animals and release of the rehabilitated wildlife, and assistance updating their pool systems, which are critical for their sanctuary birds’ well-being, comfort, and enrichment. Check out their new website at
Information courtesy of the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.

St. Petersburg Holiday Happenings

snowfestHoliday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Bring in the holiday season with St. Petersburg’s festive kickoff celebration. Mayor Kriseman flips the switch that turns on the downtown Christmas tree and lights on Friday, November 25, from 5 to 7:30 p.m at North Straub Park. You’ll enjoy onstage entertainment provided by the St. Pete High Pitchforks, Expressions Dance Studio and the St. Petersburg Community Band. Children will also enjoy the activities and interactive games. Food concessions available. Blanket seating. Free to the public. Presented by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation. For more information, call (727) 893-7441.

St. Petersburg Santa Parade
St. Petersburg’s 90th Annual Santa Parade starts Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m. The route from Central Ave. and 5th St. travels east to Bayshore Dr. then turns north ending at 5th Ave. N. Free family fun, bands, floats and much more will delight the spectators.

Snowfest – A Real Snow Event
Sixty-four tons of snow are expected to fall on North Straub Park at the annual holiday Snowfest celebration on Saturday, December 3, from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Activities include a big and kiddie toboggan slide, art tent, karaoke, moonwalk, giant slide, “glice” ice skating and a Kiddyland area designed especially for preschoolers with inflatable train, cookie decorating and more. Wristbands are $5 and are required for all activities. Save time from waiting in line, purchase wristbands in advance, from November 21 through December 2, at any St. Petersburg recreation center. For locations click here.

Santa & Ice Skating in North Straub Park
Visit Santa in the Park and go “glice” skating on a simulated ice rink in North Straub Park. Both activities typically are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the following dates: December 3 & 4, 8 through 11, and 14 through 23. Skating is $5 for 30 minute sessions. Santa visits are free. Cameras welcomed.

Waterfront Lights and Display
While you stroll along the pedestrian walkway of St. Petersburg’s waterfront, see thousands of holiday lights and decorations in North and South Straub Parks including the unique snowflake lights from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1. Don’t miss the giant greeting card display along Bayshore Dr. at Vinoy Park made by local teens from St. Petersburg’s recreation centers. Lights and decorations by City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation.

Boats Needed for the Cities of St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Boat Parade

boatparade_timesThe Cities of St Pete Beach and South Pasadena are looking for boats to participate in the annual Boat Parade event. This event is held on Friday, December 2nd with boaters lining up at Blind Pass Bridge by 5:45pm. Prizes include $2500.00 for Best Overall  as well as second through fourth place prizes in two categories (all boats over 25’ and all boats under 25’).

The boat parade starts at 6:00pm at the Blind Pass Bridge and heads south to the Bayway Bridge. Start off your holiday season with some holiday cheer!  Go to for more information including the parade route and boater application.

If you are not putting a boat in but still want to enjoy the festivities you can join us for our tree lighting event in the park the same night.  This free event will be held at Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr.  Enjoy music, hot chocolate, face painting, and a special visit from SANTA!

For more information call 727-363-9264.

Message from St. Pete Beach Mayor Schechner

spb-city-bannerIntroducing monthly iced tea and casual conversations with Mayor Schechner and City Manager Saunders. We truly want to know what is important our residents and businesses. Enjoy some ice tea and cookies as we listen to your questions, ideas and comments, or stop by and hear what your neighbors in St. Pete Beach have to say. Everyone is welcome. Please join us for our first conversation on Wednesday November 16th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. upstairs at City Hall. I look forward to seeing you!

Mayor Deborah Schechner
St. Pete Beach Florida

This message was included in the City of St. Pete Beach Weekly Newsletter on November 10, 2016.

City of St. Pete Beach 60th Anniversary Events Schedule

spb-city-bannerThe City of St. Pete Beach is turning 60 in 2017 and they are celebrating their way through the decades. The celebrations will kick off on Elvis’s birthday, JANUARY 8, 2017 with a Sock Hop to celebrate the 50s at the Community Center from 1-4pm. They will rock their way to the 60s on MARCH 4, 2017 from 9a 4pm at the annual Island Festival at the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum in Pass-A-Grille. They will salute our Veterans on MAY 6, 2017 70s style at Horan Park from 11-5pm in partnership with the Veterans of South Pinellas. On JULY 9 ,2017, they will celebrate 60 years at a champagne brunch at the Don Cesar Hotel. On OCTOBER 6, 2017, they will rock our way through the 90s at the kick-off concert for the Friday night October concert series in Horan Park from 7-9pm. The City will end the year-long celebration on DECEMBER 1, 2017 at the annual tree lighting/ boat parade viewing party in Horan Park from 6-8pm. For more information, contact Jennifer McMahon, Recreation Director, at 727.363.9274 or

Opportunities for Giving in Gulfport this Holiday Season

operation-santaOperation Santa Helping needy children in Gulfport
For 25 years, Gulfport Police Department employees have sponsored a program called “Operation Santa” in which toys are donated to needy children that live in the City of Gulfport. Operation Santa has always been very successful in part due to the contributions we receive, we would again like to ask you for your help in the form of donations, i.e. monetary, new unwrapped toys, and gift cards. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. If you have any question call 727-893-1097 and leave a message and someone will return your call.

holiday-hooplaGulfport Senior Center Food Drive Helping needy seniors in Gulfport

Stop by the Senior Center at 5501 27th Ave. S. or Gulfport City Hall at 2401 53rd St. S. from November 18 – December 18 to drop off in date Non-perishables or donate $10 (in a sealed envelope with your name to pay for a senior holiday meal. See larger flyer.
Holiday Hoopla Donation baskets throughout for Seniors 
December 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Look for the special donation baskets created by Gulfport Teen Council.

Treasure Island Holiday Happenings

santa-mailboxSanta’s Mailbox  December 1 through December 16, Santa will personally answer letters from all boys and girls who drop off or mail letters to his mailbox located in front of the Treasure Island City Hall at 120 108th Avenue. Santa’s elves remind everyone to have a return address on their letters.
An Afternoon at the North Pole will be held on Saturday, December 17th from 1-3pm at the Treasure Island Community Center, Gulf Boulevard at 106th Avenue. Activities will include a visit from Santa Claus and live holiday shows throughout the afternoon. Enjoy a magical afternoon cookie decorating, making holiday arts & crafts projects, train rides, face painting, and enjoying interactive entertainers. The event is free to the public.                  
31st Annual Treasure Island Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Celebration is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. The Holiday Celebration begins at 4:30pm with the Boat Parade leaving the Club at 6:20pm. Bring one unwrapped NEW TOY or provide a cash donation to the “Christmas Toy Shop of Pinellas” or “The Edward’s Family Foundation” to the Recreation Department at City Hall or Treasure Bay on Paradise Boulevard by Friday, December 19th   to receive a family pass to watch the parade from a spectacular vantage point, and participate in the events at the Club.  Live entertainment, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, cash bar and food will be served poolside.  For additional information, please call the Club at (727) 367-4511, ext. 236
Recreational Camp for Children ages 5-12 years old will be held from Monday, December 19th through Friday, December 30th from 8:00am to 5:00pm. There will be no camp on Monday, December 26th. Activities will include games, sports, arts & crafts, movies and field trips. Registration is held at the Recreation Department inside City Hall at 120 108th Avenue.  Registration forms are also on-line at  The fee for the camp is $25/day for Treasure Island residents and $30/day for non-residents of Treasure Island (discounted weekly rates are available).
For additional information, please call the Treasure Island Recreation Department at (727) 547-4575, ext 237.

St Pete Beach Friends of the Library Silent Auction of Book Baskets

library-basketsSt Pete Beach Friends of the Library Silent Auction of Book Baskets— With the holidays approaching, the baskets were meticulously chosen and prepared by Ron Waters, board member and bookstore manager, assisted by Linda Rhyne and Bill Thompson, also board members and bookstore volunteers. Currently on display at the library, the basket themes are: Florida Cooking, Chicago, Jo Nesbø, Christmas Potpourri, World War II-Pacific, Art, Ladies Large Print Fiction. Florida Authors, True Spy, Christmas Cooking, Wine and Hanukkah. You have until 5:00 p.m. FRIDAY DECEMBER 2, 2016 to bid.  You don’t need to be present when the bidding closes as a staff member will contact the highest bidders by phone the following day. And for those of you who might want to purchase a basket, without having to wait for the end of the auction, the Friends of SPB Library are offering a Buy It Now book basket, on display at the circulation desk.

Pinellas Sheriff’s Office, Consumer Protection to Host Anti-Fraud Awareness Forums

pinellas-sheriff-badgeForums and free shredding events to be held Nov. 14-18. 

·         Sheriff’s Office, Consumer Protection to host anti-fraud awareness forums

·         International Fraud Awareness Week is Nov. 13-19

·         Residents can call (727) 464-6200 to report a consumer problem

In a continuous effort to ensure public safety and welfare, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Pinellas County Consumer Protection are participating in Fraud Awareness Week, Nov. 14-18, to promote anti-fraud awareness and education.

The agencies will host various forums and free shredding events throughout the county to educate residents about common scams and how to avoid them.

– Nov. 14, 9 a.m.-noon: Seminole Gardens Peacock Center (8324 112th St. N., Seminole)

Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-noon: Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay (2nd floor auditorium, 1255 Pasadena Ave. S., St Petersburg)

–  Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-noon: Five Towns Community Magnolia Sun Center (7950 58th Ave, N., St Petersburg)

Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-noon: On Top of the World East Activity Center (2069 World Parkway E., Clearwater)

– Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-noon: Palm Harbor Community Center (1500 16th St. N., Palm Harbor)

Each forum will offer a free shredding event, from 8 to 10 a.m. An informational session on fraud awareness presented by Sheriff’s Office begins at 9 a.m., followed by a session on elderly fraud scams presented by Consumer Protection at 10 a.m. A final information session for tips how to protect yourself from fraud begins at 11 a.m. The event will conclude at 1 p.m. with an opportunity for residents to ask questions at noon.

“While prevention and detection is a year-round effort, Fraud Awareness Week shines a spotlight on fraud and spreads additional awareness which is key in combating the fraud threat,” said Doug Templeton, operations manager at Pinellas County Consumer Protection.

For more information about increasing awareness and reducing the risk of fraud during Fraud Awareness Week, For assistance with a consumer problem or to check the complaint history of a business, contact Pinellas County Office of Consumer Protection at (727) 464-6200 or visit

Tampa Bay Watch Monofilament Cleanup & Evening for the Bay

Evening for the Bay

After the best-attended event in Tampa Bay Watch history, we want to thank the supporters, volunteers and sponsors who made Evening for the Bay presented by American Strategic Insurance a high-flying, fire-breathing, big top spectacular for all! Bonefish Grill served up crowd favorites as Kahwa Coffee brewed fresh cups of joe at a coffee bar overlooking stunning acrobatic performances well into the sunset. 350 guests dined under the stars to the sounds of The Charlie Morris Blues Band and enthusiastically bid on a circus of live and silent auction items. Thanks to donors from all over Tampa Bay, you helped us raise over $77,000 for bay restoration in one night! Our hats go off to you Tampa Bay- you’re a class act!



23rd Annual Monofilament Cleanup

tbw-monofilament-cleanupThe results are in for the 23rd Annual Monofilament Cleanup! This year 53 volunteers cleaned 44 different sites around Tampa Bay and the Gulf side. The volunteers removed an estimated 22,106 feet of fishing line and 225 hooks from bird nesting islands and mangrove shorelines. Unfortunately 52 deceased birds, or evidence of entangled deceased birds, were found in the process of the cleanup, however two entangled birds were found and rescued. Tampa Bay Watch & Audubon Florida strive to improve angler education with a goal to find a decreased amount of fishing line and less entangled birds each year. A special thanks to our partner Audubon Florida and sponsors, Restore America’s Estuaries and SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Fund for helping to make this event possible.


Find more about how you can get involved with Tampa Bay Watch at