South County: Utilities implements additional reclaimed water restrictions due to critical shortage

  • South County reclaimed water irrigation prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.beginning Saturday, April 22
  • Reclaimed water customers are reminded to follow mandatory restrictions to provide adequate supply to all customers

Pinellas County Utilities is taking action to avoid service interruptions or additional restrictions for South County reclaimed water customers in response to continued limited rainfall and increased customer usage. The excessive demand has exhausted the operational supply of reclaimed water in storage.

Beginning, Saturday, April 22, the South County reclaimed water system pressure will be reduced between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day, as well as the 24-hour period on Mondays as needed, to help restore supply for evening irrigation. Customers are reminded that irrigating between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m is prohibited.

South County reclaimed water customers are also reminded that mandatory seasonal reclaimed water restrictions are in effect and they should be following the authorized irrigation schedule below:

  • Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Tuesday, Thursday and/orSaturday
  • Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Wednesday, Friday and/orSunday
  • Addresses with mixed or no addresses, such as common areas associated with a residential subdivision: Wednesday, Friday and/or Sunday
  • Lawn irrigation is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Lawn irrigation is prohibited on Mondays

Pinellas County Utilities appreciates customers’ cooperation as these additional conservation measures are required to maintain operations during this seasonal dry period. These necessary measures will allow Pinellas County to slowly restore normal operating levels and provide sufficient volume of reclaimed water to meet lawn irrigation needs and maintain adequate system pressure for all affected customers during authorized irrigation hours.

For more details about reclaimed water, call Customer Service at (727) 464-4000 or visit

The Pinellas County reclaimed water program underscores a key component of Pinellas County’s Strategic Plan: reducing, reusing and recycling resources including energy, water and solid waste.

Skyway Marina District Holds Third Annual May Day Race with Free Registration for Maximo Elementary Students

The Skyway Marina District will host its third annual May Day Race and Kids Dash for Cash on Saturday, May 6. The races will start and end at Ceridian, the main sponsor, and will showcase the beautiful Skyway Marina District via competitive and fun run/walks. Ceridian is located at 3201 34th Street South, St. Petersburg. Last year, proceeds from the race were donated to schools surrounding the district and district improvement projects.

This year, students from Maximo Elementary and their families will have the opportunity to participate in the race at low or no cost compliments of a sponsorship from Jeff Joyner and Associates Realtors. Students enrolled in 21st Century Learning Center’s iClass program will be provided training through their fitness program facilitated by Jump For Kids. 21st Century is an after-school program that provides extended learning opportunities in four Pinellas County Schools elementary schools. Debra Canning, coordinator of the program believes that events that bring the community, students and their families together are invaluable to the growth and success of her students.

The May Day Race event features a 5k, 10k and Kids Dash for Cash (distances range on age and ability up to 1 mile). Every participant will receive a race T-shirt and a beautiful finisher’s medal. Participants in the 5 and 10k can also compete for awards. Runners in the Kids Dash will have the opportunity to enter the cash grab machine for a chance to grab up to $100! There will be food, vendors and activities for the kids. Visit to register for the race and show your support.

Not interested in running or walking, but willing to help out with the event? We love volunteers and sponsors! Volunteers can register at or contact us at

This will be a fantastic event, so let’s tell everyone about it! Help us spread the word via Facebook (“May Day Race”), by telling a friend, or by bringing your whole family!

Join the community in showing your support for the Skyway Marina District! Find out more about this association at

You won’t want to miss this fantastic event! Let’s start the summer off with some fun. See you on May 6 at Ceridian!


Suntan Art Center Summer Camp

Suntan Art Center, located at 3300 Gulf Blvd. on St. Pete Beach, will be hosting its 8th Annual Summer Art Camp for elementary age students with Art Instructor Linda Griffin. Ms. Griffin is a K-12 certified instructor in the Pinellas School District. Art camps give young artists the chance to have fun while exploring painting, drawing, and sculpture as well as  developing and enhancing their confidence in creative skills. Students also will work together to explore art history and the different art mediums.

  • Session 1:  “Nature’s Wonders” – June 19-23
  • Session 2:  “Explorations in Paint” – June 26-30
  • Session 3:  “Art Around the World” -July 10-14
  • Session 4:   “Printmaking: The Art of Ink” – July 17-21

All sessions are 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and cost $225. per week. To register, please call  Ms. Griffin at (727) 422-7229.

Coastal property owners encouraged to attend Sand Key beach nourishment public information meeting May 3

Representatives will be available to discuss easements required for project

  • Public information meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 3, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., in Largo
  • Meeting will provide information about easements needed to ensure project completion
  • Coastal property owners who have received an easement request are encouraged to attend

Pinellas County will host a public information meeting on Wednesday, May 3, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. about the upcoming Sand Key beach nourishment project. The meeting will be held in the Magnolia Room at Pinellas County Extension, located at 12520 Ulmerton Road, in Largo. The meeting will provide an overview of the easements needed to ensure project completion and an overview of the planned Pinellas County Shore Protection Project, a cost-share partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Representatives from Pinellas County and the Corps will answer questions about the easements that will be required for portions of properties located along the coast where the nourishment activity will take place. Easements will allow the work to continue and keep beach areas open to the public.

Beach nourishment benefits the community by providing increased storm protection for property owners and recreational opportunities for beach visitors. It also creates important habitat for shorebirds and nesting sea turtles.

The project aligns with Pinellas County’s strategic plan of practicing superior environmental stewardship to preserve and manage environmental lands, beach parks and historical assets.

Tidbits April 20, 2017- Enjoy our Paradise Here on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! There will be lots of opportunities this weekend for you to get out and enjoy our beautiful Pinellas Gulf Beaches and Nature Parks.
Local Tidbits You Should Know this Week:
  • St. Pete Beach’s Newly Elected Mayor Alan Johnson is launching his Mayor’s Open Office this Monday, April 24th 6pm at St. Pete Beach Library. Mayor’s Open Office will be an ongoing event 6-7pm on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the SPB Library.
  • Take some time to read the latest issue of Paradise News during the St. Petersburg City Wide Read-In on Sunday, April 23rd 2-4pm. (Read it here.)
  • Vote now for the ‘Best of St. Pete Beach Awards’ in honor of St. Pete Beach’s 60th Anniversary. You can vote for your favorite bar, breakfast, retail shop and MORE now at
  • Creative Clay is moving this June to a larger space with plans to expand their programming. As of June 1st, Creative Clay’s new location will be at 1846 1st Avenue S. Find out about how you can help with their move here.
  • Splash Harbor Water Park will offer free admission for all Military, EMS, Nurses, Firefighters and Police Officers during this May. Locals always get 20% off with valid Florida ID. Learn more here.
  • Tampa Bay Watch will be the designated charity for First Friday in downtown St. Pete on Friday, May 5. This means that the Breakfast Optimist Club who organizes the event will give TBW $300 plus the tips from manning the beer stations. If you’d like to volunteer with TBW for First Friday. Please email Rachel Arndt at
  • Beach Goes Pops HAS SOLD OUT their VIP Area! You can still show up with your beach chairs though to enjoy the music and food from local vendors (plus beer & wine). Find out more at
  • The 24th Annual Spring King of the Beach Fishing tournament and Mad Beach Food Fest is set for April 27-29, 2017. This Old Salt Fishing tournament has a $200K total payout. Register online by April 21st at
  • Join Florida West Ballet on Saturday, April 29th 5pm at the Palladium as they present “La Bayadère” (or “Temple Dancer”) in celebration of their 35th Anniversary and International Dance Day. Florida West Ballet is a Not-for-Profit Pre-Professional Performing Arts Company that gives a lot of young dancers (Kindergarten through College) a chance to excel. Purchase tickets
  • St. Bartholomew’s Church in St. Petersburg is celebrating 130 years on Sunday, April 30th. Join them at 4pm for an afternoon of music for the community featuring the Concordia Vocal Ensemble. Learn more here.
  • The City South Pasadena is currently accepting applications for its annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000.  The deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2017 at 4 PM. For information regarding the application process or eligibility, please click here.

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Tidbits April 13, 2017- Beautiful Spring Days in Paradise

Its been a beautiful week on our Pinellas County Gulf Beaches. The sun has been shining almost every day and the gentle sea breezes are just enough to keep you cool in this mid-Spring heat.

Here’s a bit of local info you should now:

  • Beach Goes Pops is selling tickets for their VIP Lounge Area online now at The 27th Annual Beach Goes Pops event will again bring two nights of free concerts and delicious local food vendors to beautiful Pass-a-Grille Beach April 28-29, 2017. Find out more here.
  • Pinellas County Parks are hiring Life Guards for the summer. If you are interested in applying, find out more here.
  • Tampa Bay Watch needs help building oyster domes and restoring McKay Bay this April and May. You can register to volunteer online at
  • Clearwater Threshers Minor League Baseball is back in full swing. They are offering weekly specials again in 2017 to encourage locals to get out to the ball game. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy their outdoor stadium. See their weekly specials and game schedule here.
  • St Pete Beach Festivals announced the St. Pete Beach Beer Fest will be May 13th this week. Get your tickets online now at
  • Registration is now open for the Madeira Beach Recreation Department Full Day Summer Camps. Find out more at
  • The Veterans of South Pinellas Conty will hold its 7th Annual Salute to the Military and First Responders at Horan Park on Saturday, May 6th. If you’d like to volunteer email Betsy Judd at
  • Registration now open for Summer Swim Classes at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center.  A two-week session is only $40 for Residents of St. Pete Beach and $45 for Non Residents. For more information visit or call (727) 363-9264.
  • The 24th Annual Spring King of the Beach Fishing tournament and Mad Beach Food Fest is set for April 27-29, 2017. This Old Salt Fishing tournament has a $200K total payout. Register at

Celebrate St. Bartholomew’s 130th Anniversary on Sunday, April 30th

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church celebrates the 130th anniversary of its founding in 1887 by sponsoring an afternoon of music for the community.  The celebration begins at 4pm on Sunday, April 30, 2017.  Jerry Knight, church historian, will present brief remarks on the early days of this faith community followed by a choral concert featuring the Concordia Vocal Ensemble.  A post-concert reception in the courtyard follows.

The Concordia Vocal Ensemble sings mainly unaccompanied works, from renaissance madrigals to contemporary sacred and secular pieces.  This concert includes music from Anton Bruckner, C.V. Stanford and Bobby McFerrin.  Founded in 2005 with 6 singers, the now 16 member chamber chorus is directed by Dr. Matthew Caine.  Dr. Caine also serves as the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg.

St. Bartholomew’s church is located in the Skyway Marina District at 3747 34th Street South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711.  The church campus is also home to the St. Bart’s Thrift Store, the St. Bart’s Emergency Food Pantry, and the Precious Angels Preschool.

There is no charge for the event (free will donations gratefully accepted) and the entire community is invited. For further information, call the church office at 727-867-7015 or email

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 

Tidbits April 2017

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 Go Rays!

Check what’s new at the Trop, Rays’ compassionate community programs and our story on best sports bars for watching baseball.

Rowdies Go Wild:

Hoping for big wins against Toronto FCII April 1 and Ottawa Fury FC – April 8… The Tampa Bay Rowdies bid to make the jump to Major League Soccer will be up for a May 2 vote on the team’s plans to expand their home field; residents can weigh in on whether the city could negotiate up to a 25-year lease with the team.…The Tampa Bay Rowdies are extending their brand to the Tampa Bay United Soccer Club, a youth soccer group, as the team works to become the next expansion team for Major League Soccer.


Food Bank:

Religious Community Services, Inc. (RCS) and RCS Food Bank invite all area bikers to “go all in to fight hunger” on Saturday, April 22, 2017 for the 1st Annual RCS Food Bank Poker Run. All proceeds will benefit the RCS Food Bank, the largest provider of emergency food in Pinellas County.

April 28th Kindness Day:

International Pay It Forward Day now has a Tampa Bay presence, thanks to local small business owner, Denise Seaman, and her team at Home Care Now.

For the first time in our local history, several neighboring cities will band together to sign proclamations for this special holiday based on the kindness of strangers. Multiple Mayors are making official proclamations and inspiring their families, friends and neighbors to get involved. Armed with Pay it Forward bracelets, her team is spreading the word throughout Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties and engaging others to do the same specifically for senior citizens they encounter.

When a good deed is acknowledged, the bracelet is given to the recipient to ‘pay it forward’ to someone else and keep the chain of good deeds going.No Hungry Families: The Kind Mouse, whose mission is to “assist families in transition  and their chronically hungry children,” now operates out of a multi-roomed location in St. Petersburg. Labeled bins of canned food, cereal, oatmeal and boxed food like macaroni and cheese are neatly organized on shelves from floor to ceiling, and there are plans to start a garden this spring to supply fresh vegetables.


Fin Financials:

Shark-related dives in Florida generated more than $221 million in direct revenue and fueled over 3,700 jobs last year, according to a report released Tuesday by Oceana, the international ocean conservation organization

Jobs Downturn? The Florida Chamber of Commerce forecasts that Florida will create 190,000 new jobs in 2017, down from the 244,400 jobs created last year. Job creation in Florida peaked in April 2016.


Fort De Soto Park was featured as one of the United States’ 10 Best Pet Friendly Beaches.

Market Time:

The Mid-Week Madeira Beach Open Air Market (Wed. 9 am – 2pm).
Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market (9 am – 1 pm) run weekly through May 2017.  Treasure Island Friday Morning Market: Through April 9, am – 2 pm.  TI Community Center Park, 104th Ave. and Park Place.


You Dine, We Donate:

The Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach’s Ocean Hai restaurant will be supporting local non-profit organizations with its new You Dine, We Donate program giving all net proceeds from food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases by diners seated at Table #31 to a different local charity selected each month. Guests who wish to participate in Ocean Hai’s You Dine, We Donate program may book a reservation at Ocean Hai’s Table #31. The program will support the following charities in 2017:

April: Autism Awareness Month – Tampa Bay Chapter;

May: Troop Rewards; ·

June: Pinellas Co. Lifeguards;

July: Clwtr Marine Aquarium; August: Pinellas Co. Schools;

Sept.: Eckerd Kids;

Oct.: Hooked on Hope;

Nov.: Clearwater for Youth; Dec.: Arts for Life.


IRB Election Results:

Nearly 1,900 people voted in the March 14 Indian Rocks Beach municipal election and they chose incumbent Phil Hanna and civic leader Phil Wrobel to represent them on the City Commission and were sworn in (March).

Indian Shores/ Duke Energy Work: Lane closures on the east side of Gulf Blvd. should be expected as Duke Energy will be installing underground cable and conduit from the intersection at Park Blvd. and Gulf Dr. to the Mini-Substation approximately 2,500 feet south of that intersection.


Fly Me To The Moon: Engel & Völkers has expanded its service portfolio to include the brokerage of business aircraft and private jets worldwide. The new division, Engel & Völkers Aviation, will specialize in aircraft sales and charter and will serve as the company’s fourth business division, joining Engel & Völkers residential  real estate, Engel & Völkers commercial real estate and Engel & Völkers Yachting.


A Man For All Seasons:

Thanks to Pinellas Commissioner John Morroni who  announced he will not seek re-election in 2018 after 25 years of service.

Penny for Pinellas Online Survey:

Citizens, tell us officials your priorities for the Penny for Pinellas 1-percent sales tax through the Pinellas County online survey through April 16.

In Pinellas County We Trust:

Nine out of 10 Pinellas County residents say they have trust and confidence in their local government, a number which far surpasses the national average (71%) for trust in government. This and other insights are the result of Pinellas County  government’s 2017 Citizen Values Survey, which was recently conducted as part of  the County’s ongoing efforts to engage the public and obtain feedback to guide future services. “Our residents continue to recommend Pinellas County as a place to live, work, raise children and retire, and that speaks volumes about the things we are doing to serve the public every day,” said Pinellas County Administrator Mark S. Woodard.

Pinellas Citizen University (PCU) Starts April 13:

Pinellas County residents can experience an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at the first-class services provided by their county government at PCU. Registration is now open for the 6-week course scheduled for Weds./Thurs.  evenings from April 13 through May 17, with a bonus Saturday class on May 20. Classes usually meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Upon completion, each graduate receives a diploma signed by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and a class picture to commemorate the event. FYI: 727- 464-4600.

Animal Welfare Report Released:

Pinellas County Animal Services, SPCA Tampa Bay, Humane Society of Pinellas, Pet Pal Animal Shelter and Friends of Strays will release the 2017 Pinellas County Animal Report this week, which provides trends related to Pinellas County’s pets. The organizations provided an update on an initiative put in place last year that aims to reunite more lost pets with their owners.

Water System Maintenance in April:

The method of water treatment for Pinellas County and its wholesale customers will be temporarily modified thru April 24. The first of two short-term changes from chloramine to chlorine disinfection in 2017 is a routine maintenance measure designed to optimize water quality and will benefit Pinellas County Utilities water customers, as well as customers in the cities of Clearwater, Pinellas Park and Safety Harbor.

Watering Restrictions Begin April 1:

Seasonal reclaimed watering restrictions in place between April 1 and June 30 during traditional dry season as well as year-round conservation measures allowing irrigation using potable, well, lake or pond water two days per week on assigned days based on house address.  South County reclaimed watering restrictions apply to Pinellas County Utilities-supplied reclaimed water customers located south of  Ulmerton Road and are based on house numbers.

  • Addresses ending in an even number (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) water Tue., Thur. &  or Saturday
  • Addresses ending in an odd number (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) water on Wed., Fri. & or Sun.
  • Addresses with mixed or no addresses, such as common areas associated with a residential subdivision may water on Wed., Fri.& or Sunday
  • Irrigation prohibited between 10 am – 4 pm daily & on Monday

Stormwater Developer

Guidance: In a continuous effort to practice superior environmental stewardship and foster continual economic growth and vitality, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners approved the Pinellas County Stormwater Manual. The ordinance goes in effect on April 1; the manual provides guidance for designing sites and infrastructure using newly adopted criteria and best management practices (BMPs) for water quality and flood protection. Pinellas County is offering a workshop May 3, 8:30 am – 4 pm @ Magnolia Room of Pinellas County Extension (12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo).


Pepper Fest April 8-9: Turn up the heat with music, sauce tasting, jalapeno-eating contest and more. England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st St.;

Arts Fans:

Art Walk is the 4th Saturday of every month at Pinellas Park Arts Village,  5600 Park Blvd.


Happy 60th Bday:

The year-long celebration continues May 6 with a salute to veterans 70’s style @Horan Park 11 am – 5 pm in partnership with the Veterans of South Pinellas. On July 9, enjoy a champagne brunch at the Don Cesar Hotel and Oct. 6, you can rock your way through the 90’s at the kick-off concert for the Friday night October concert series in Horan Park 7- 9 pm. On Dec. 1, the birthday culminates with the annual tree lighting/ boat parade viewing party in Horan Park 6-8 pm. FYI: Jennifer @ 727.363.9274;

Register For Summer Camp:

Sign up at St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, for full and half day summer camps for kids who have completed K-6th grades, from swimming to specialty camps (robotics, archery). FYI:  727-363-9245.

Pass-a-Grille Merchants thrive in Spite of Road Construction:

Please continue to keep the Boutiques, Gift Shops, Churches, thrift shops and restaurants of Pass-a-Grille in mind as construction of Pass-a-Grille Way continues. They will need support of all us locals over the off-season to continue to thrive. When the road is finally finished, it will be Paradise again.

Upham Beach Rock Groin Installation Begins This Spring:

The project will remove the yellow bags from the 5 locations cur- rently on the beach and replace them with 4 new rock T-Groins. The project will be man- aged by Pinellas County and the awarded contractor has indicated that they intend to begin work on June 1st and complete work ahead of schedule as early as the end of November 2017. The rock is being barged in and will be delivered from the beach side and not over the roads.

Don CeSar Price Tag Revealed:

A massive hotel real estate investment trust paid more than $200 million to acquire the Don CeSar St. Pete Beach and its sister property. A corporate entity tied to Bethesda, Maryland-based Host Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HST) paid $214 million for the 277-room Don CeSar and the 70-room Beach House Suites by Don CeSar, according to a late February regulatory filing.


Dining & Drinking:

Il Ritorno doubling its downtown space…The Galley is the newest hip hang-out, nautical décor and yummy chow…Need a work space downtown? Check out The Station House where you can conduct a meeting, event and be an innovator…City Bistro took over Central Perks Café…Flute (bubbly, caviar) will open this spring on Beach Dr…Both the NY Times and Orlando Magazine featured downtown St. Pete, praising its vibrant arts & live/work/play neighborhoods.

Are You A Journalist?

The Poynter Institute invites Tampa Bay high school students for a week-long prestigious summer program June 12-16. Application deadline May5;

New @ Vinoy:

Paul’s Landing, the new restaurant under construction at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is slated for completion late 2017.

The 200-seat restaurant, which is part of a multi-phase renovation underway at the Vinoy, will be built on the property’s esplanade — the upper deck above the pool area — which overlooks the marina & St. Petersburg skyline. The restaurant will take up about half of the esplanade space; the other half will remain event space.

The Longest Table Benefits WUSF Public Media April 6:

This glorious al fresco food feast located on Bayshore Drive NE from the Museum of Fine Arts to the Vinoy starts at 5:30. Ticket prices depend on the restaurant you choose with options ranging from Mattison’s to 400 Beach.

FYI Tickets: 800-661-0823  Sponsorships:

New Business District:

Businesses surrounding Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg have come together to create an official business district to better brand the area and attract  economic activity & development. The 15-block area extends from Sixth Avenue North to Baum Avenue in between Central Avenue and First Avenue North and from Fifth Street to Second Street anchored by the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement when it opens.

St. Petersburg Preservation Guided Walking Tours, 727-463-4612.


April 28, 8-10 am-Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s Future of the Region Awards Breakfast:

This program highlights projects and programs that exemplify regionalism, and recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions that benefit the regional community. FYI:  727-570-5151 x10  Hilton Carillon Park Hotel, 950 Lake Carillon Dr.

May 2nd Special Election:

The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections mailed 67,222 ballots March 28 to domestic voters residing in the City of St. Petersburg for the May 2.

St. Petersburg Special Election Referendum. To request a mail ballot, visit  call 727-464-VOTE (8683) or email The deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is 5 pm @April 26.

EDC Appoints New Vice-Chair:

The Board of Directors of the St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) appointed David R. Punzak, Shareholder with Carlton Fields, as the organization’s Vice Chair. Following his term as Vice Chair, Punzak will assume the position of Chairman in 2018.


Spring News:

Gigi Esposito and David Magenheimer were sworn in to serve on the Commission. Free outdoor concert by the South Pasadena Comm. Band May 18 7:30 pm @ Galatea Garden Band Shell 7015 Sunset Drive South. For more news,


People-Safe Roads:

A committee aimed at making roads friendly for pedestrians and cyclists adds mobility transit planning in Tampa Bay lacks. The committee was given the green light to spend up to $1 million to widen sidewalks in the Skyway Marina District.

The Getaway x 2:

The Skyway Marina District team has accomplished the unimaginable a $2.2M waterfront restaurant to the list of accomplishments that has taken place this year. The Getaway restaurant, that is located up on Gandy will be opening a second location in Maximo Marina. The Getaway will be opening in the 4,000 square foot building on the south side of the marina that once housed a MarineMax sales office.  It will include a large patio as well as a waterfront, dockside bar. While plans are still in flux, the seating capacity should be between 250 and 300.


TIA was named Best Airport in North America in the 15 million to 25 million passengers per year category, as part of the Airport Service Quality awards conducted by Airports Council International, the international trade group representing airports…Tech On The Go, Potbelly Sandwich shop and “The Eatery”  launched featuring Buddy Brew Coffee, Bella’s Italian Cafe, Fitlife Foods,  Yogurtology, Square 1 Burgers and Liquid Provisions…Richard Gonzmart will debut  his brands (Columbia, Ulele, Café Con Leche, Goody Goody)…Also opening are Bavaro’s (Italian), Louis Pappas Fresh Grek and FitLife Foods.


April 15 – Car Show:

Tierra Verde Business Partnership (TVBP) & Premium Productions rolls out its Sixth Annual Classic Car & Truck Show and Taste of Tierra Verde 11 am – 3 pm.  Oo and aah over the 125 classic vehicles, enjoy food and music by DJ Tommy Tunes, fun kids’ activities. Downtown Tierra Verde parking lot, 1110 Pinellas Bayway South

OLLI @Eckerd College Summer Line-Up:

Folks 50+ can enjoy more than 40 inspiring classes starting in May.  For the first time, OLLI will be presenting in early May the highly popular 2017 TED talks held a week before in Vancouver, BC and presented in a cinema experience in Miller Hall on the Eckerd campus in St. Petersburg. Among the many OLLI Summer Term’s classes offered are “The History of Spring Training,” “Broadway Today,” “Prehistoric Astronomical Structures,” “Gone with the Wind: The Man Behind The Film,” “Carol King & Her Tapestry of Song,”  “BBC Planet Earth II Film Doc.,” “Wild Florida,” “The Birth of Rock ‘N Roll,” “Current Issues in Constitutional Law,” “Civil Rights Hero Harry T. Moore” and “Florida’s Deadliest Storms.”  OLLI summer activities include two theatre productions at the Francis Wilson Theater in Clearwater & three presentations from the British National Theatre in London.

Eckerd College’s Presidential Events Series: In recent years, zoos and aquariums have been subjected to heated criticism. However, zoos play a vital role in education, conservation and animal welfare. “The Role of the Modern Zoo” is the speaker topic April 9 @ 1 pm in the Triton Room when Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Executive  Director Tony Vecchio discusses the role of the modern zoo, then a panel of local animal caretakers, researchers, conservationists, behaviorists and others will continue the discussion.

Tierra Verde Residents Celebrate 32 Years for Top It Off Imprints and Embroidery:  Established in 1985, the company is a locally owned and operated provider of custom screen-printed T-shirts and embroidered apparel and locals Laura and Gary Eaton are co-owners, purchased the business in 2013.   FYI:


Treasure Island/Maderia Beach (TIMB) Chamber of Commerce Host Health Expo May 18:  Health-related businesses are invited to participate in a Health Expo May 18, @ Treasure Island Community Center, 154 – 106th Ave. The Health Expo is scheduled from 1 pm till 4 pm. Attendees can enjoy health tips and live entertainment. TIMB Chamber at 727-360-4121.

New Source Security Adds Key Partnerships to Better Serve Client Needs in Security, Safety, & Liability Risks: Bill Phillips, CEO and Managing Consultant, has confirmed new national affiliations for expanded executive and personal protection, and enhanced pre-employment and background screening and checks. He emphasizes, “As our client base has grown and their risk and exposures have changed, we have expanded our capabilities to meet their current and future needs. Through our affiliation with The World Protection Group (WPG), we can now provide our individual & business clients with the quality event and travel protection services they require. CEO Kent Moyer and  his staff have a stellar reputation, which is why we chose them.” For highest reliability and accuracy, New Source Security also is now connecting its clients to the services of RSI, a fully-accredited background service firm. FYI:  (847) 420-0348.

Tidbits by Nanette Wiser

Kudos April 2017

50th Anniversary  Live Dixieland Jazz 

The Bilmar Beach Resort celebrated  the 50th Anniversary of live Dixieland Jazz on March 8 with a Mardi Gras-themed celebration in the Crystal Sands Ballroom.

Back in 1967 the original owner Russ Baltz started the tradition of Dixieland Jazz on the beaches of  Treasure Island.  Through two changes in ownership, the hotel has kept the tradition alive  What’s amazing is the loyal following of music fans who flock to their shows. The Dixieland Jazz Band plays the Bilmar Beach Resort every Wednesday  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Clyde Smith, the Bilmar Beach Resort General Manager, expects a lot of regulars.  “In attendance were Mrs. Jackie Reis from St. Petersburg.  She attended the very first show in 1967 with her husband Andy.  The Reis family (round photo) has been guests at the Bilmar since 1965 and still bring 4 generations of family to the Bilmar on Treasure Island every July 4th Holiday Weekend,”  says Smith.

The Bilmar Beach Resort is the heart of  Treasure Beach Island and a perfect home away from home for the local festivals, Friday farmer’s market and catching up with friends with a Gulf view at Sloppy Joe’s and Bilmar Beach Café.

10650 Gulf Boulevard,  Treasure Island, FL 33706  |  (727) 360-5531  |  |

The Florida Bibliophile Society (FBS) awarded its first Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Contest award this February to Eckerd College freshman Emma Gregory. She received the $500 prize in a ceremony where she got to meet Harrer, a founder  of the FBS in 1983. Gregory had submitted an essay about her love for collecting books about sea creatures and short story anthologies to the committee.

Students at all the colleges in the Tampa Bay area were eligible to win. Gregory’s mother and sister, who attended the February ceremony, were certain about what she would spend her loot on: “More books.” Photo courtesy of Eckerd College.

Photo ID  L to R: Lee J Harrer & Emma Gregory

Celtics Youth Basketball Team – Madeira Beach   

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge, located at 14020 Marguerite Dr in Madeira Beach, recently sponsored a Madeira Beach Recreation youth basketball team.  The team, called the Celtics, won the league championship. Gulf Beach Lodge is dedicated to supporting the community and its youth programs in order to assist in building a positive outlet for our young people. The Lodge encourages other organizations and businesses to take part in supporting our children and their sports teams throughout the year.

Gulf Beach Masonic Lodge No. 291, chartered in 1950, has been an active force on the Gulf Beaches for 67 years. Members included bankers, contractors, teachers, Congressmen, soldiers, pharmacists, police, firefighters, and a myriad of men from all walks of life. Open to men ages 18 & up, offers an opportunity to be proactive in the community. Be a part of a three hundred years fraternity.  Some notable Freemasons were George Washington (& 15 other US Presidents), Ben Franklin, Henry Ford, Red Skelton and General Douglas MacArthur. Interested in more information about Freemasonry?  Visit or contact Secretary