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Many of our landscapers routinely blow grass clippings and other yard debris into our waters and streets. Did you know that no matter where this happens in Broadwater the debris will end up in our canals and Boca Ciega Bay? Did you know that fines up to $10,000 can be levied for allowing yard debris, grass clippings or pet waste to enter our waters even via street drains? This type of activity can contribute to algae blooms that lead to red tide and frankly make our canals ugly! Your lawn service is required to know these facts as well. In fact they are required to obtain a Best Management Practices (BMP) certification to do business in Pinellas County. The BMP course is a one-time 3 hour course that all employees are required to take. In order to protect our waters let’s be proactive and make sure that we and our lawn services are aware of and follow these practices. If you observe illegal activity you should make the person aware and if it continues you should report it to Pinellas County. Together we can keep our waters clean. For much more information please visit St. Pete.org/Stormwater Operations.
Volunteer for Carefest Saturday September 30th, 2017. Carefest is an annual community service day that encourages people to become more involved in their community all year. Community projects are identified and then carried out the morning of September 30th. Broadwater has participated the last 6 years and will do so once again in 2017 and volunteer hours count toward our 38th St S improvement grant. Our volunteers will be working the registration tables at Lake Vista Park. There is also a project within Broadwater to help out a widowed neighbor whose home needs windows and gutters cleaned and some light pressure washing. If you are able to volunteer or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tom at 727-638-1421. Your participation shows the city leaders that Broadwater cares so join your neighbors and show your community spirit!
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BROADWATER HELPING HANDS
On Saturday November 5th, a group of caring volunteers gathered at a home on 46th Avenue South to transform a front and back lawn, which has had multiple code violations, into a manageable, and much-improved low maintenance landscape. The project was completed in 4 hours and was made possible via a $500 mini-grant from the City of St. Petersburg. During this event, Broadwater resident Kenny Bishop (owner with wife Judy of Kenny’s Lawn & Landscape Inc in St. Petersburg) provided heavy equipment, hauling and two crew members Devon and Socorro to lead the following neighbors in the yard overhaul: Tom Ando, John Sackett, Paul Krueger, Kathy Farmer, Lowell Dexter, Kristen Mory, Kelly Bradshaw, Lynn Hobbs, Brenda Coefield, Cheryl Cook and John Braamse. We can’t thank you all enough for making a huge positive neighborhood impact. Volunteer hours for this project will also be used to match grant funding for the 38th Street project that is in progress. None of this would have happened without the incredible drive and organization of Kristen Mory who does so much for Broadwater and the Skyway Marina District.
We thank you for your passion and commitment to making Broadwater and our surrounding area great!! When it comes to the Helping Hands program, the basic premise of the program is to help a neighbor in need, but also help the neighborhood and everyone who resides there. A quote from Shirley Chisholm sums it up nicely, “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” Thank you so much to all the volunteers who implement so many ideas for our neighborhood and community year round! Click for more event pictures.
If you or a neighbor in Broadwater needs a helping hand or you would like to be a Helping Hands volunteer, please contact Kristen Mory at 727-688-9597 or email@example.com
Your dues are appreciated and support the many activities of the Broadwater Civic Association. Thanks to our 314 paid members in 2016. We ended up at 59% and 8 more members than last year’s total. The 2017 membership form was included in the Winter Broadwater breeze or you can download it here. Please feel free to add a donation to your membership fee to allow us to do more to improve our already great neighborhood. Please be sure to fill out your membership form completely even if your information has not changed. This will insure that we have your information up to date.
May 1, 2017, another perfect biking day.
In the spring of 2013 I wrote a pictorial Breeze article (Where the Sidewalk Begins . . . ) after my first visit to Clam Bayou Nature Preserve, accessed at the end of 34th Avenue S (off 37th Street S) behind the Wal-Mart/Ceridian area. In the 4 years since that article, a new south side has been built and there is an addition to the north side.
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5th Annual Broadwater Halloween Party October 14th
It is hard to believe that one year ago we were just taking pledges for this project. What a difference a year makes!! This beautiful new entrance to 48th Ave S is a testament to what Broadwater is all about. The diligence of John Sokol, Mike Zito and the rest of the committee members along with great cooperation from the City of St. Petersburg and the two bordering residents were the key ingredients to a successful project.
The monetary support from caring residents and a city grant funded the improvements and our volunteers are keeping this area looking great. Thank you to all who made this a reality!
Living Local Broadwater is a video produced by the City of St. Petersburg showcasing our wonderful neighborhood.Shay Brumbaugh and her crew did a great job capturing the essence of Broadwater with the help of Mike & Debbie Zito, Gerry & Lynne Moore, Mel & Priscilla Williams, Mike & Maria Roesner, The Joyner Family, Mike Milvain, Tom Ando and George Canizares. The seven and a half minute video will run at various times on St Pete TV or you may find it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/bY5244DWjTQ.
ELECTIONS & REFERENDUMS
On November 7th we will cast our votes for mayor of St. Petersburg as well as three City Council seats. Candidate information can be found at www.votepinellas.com. There are also two referendums to vote on. One is the Penny for Pinellas vote that will seek approval to extend the 1% sales tax that has been in place since 1990. The funds from this tax, which applies to the first $5,000 of a single purchase, are used only for long-term capital infrastructure projects in Pinellas County and 24 surrounding communities including St. Petersburg. Additional information can be found at www.pinellascounty.org/penny. There is also a referendum to approve a privately funded one-story parking garage for the Vinoy. The improvements do not involve taxpayer funding and will add 270 new parking spaces behind the hotel. The parking garage will be available for hotel guests, attendees of on-site events, people in the community who use The Vinoy’s facilities and diners who visit the hotel’s restaurants, which are open to the public. As a historic part of downtown St. Petersburg, portions of The Vinoy property are subject to deed restrictions and require approval from the City’s residents for construction. The additional parking is expected to help alleviate the shortage of spaces downtown. Additional information can be found at www.VinoyImprovements.com. Be sure to vote on November 7th!
3rd annual skyway marina district may day race
Thank you Broadwater for helping to make the May Day Race on May 6th such a great success! The event hosted just over 500 participants ranging from ages 3 to 79. Participants in the races got a beautiful tour of Clam Bayou, and the 10K racers ran/walked south on 37th street where they were greeted at a water stop by some of our steadfast Broadwater volunteers. The event culminated with awards and a Kids Dash for Cash around the Ceridian campus. The event also included food, a DJ, kids inflatable obstacle course, cash grab machine, vendors, free massages, and more. Proceeds from the race will be donated to local Pinellas County Schools via the Pinellas Education Foundation and to the Skyway Marina District to support improvement projects within the district. This event would not be possible without the incredible support from our local business sponsors and from all of our wonderful volunteers. Broadwater volunteers included May Day Race Committee members Vicki Linkovich, Gia Ockuly, Lynn Hanshaw and Kristen Mory and race day volunteers Tom Ando, Mike Milvain, Kelly and Karlyn Bradshaw, John Deermount, Brian Shiely, Jeff Joyner and Evan Mory. We thank and ask you to support our great sponsors: Ceridian, UPS Store, Flamingo Resort, Magnuson Hotel, Bay Moorings Animal Hospital, Maximo IGY Marina, Fit2Run, Anytime Fitness, Island Massage, Paradise News, Cadence Realty Group, Eckerd College, Grand Villa, My Spine & Joint, Tosti’s, Jeff Joyner & Associates Realtors, Wannemacher Jensen Architects, Brewburgers, Jabil Circuit, Oneill’s Marina, StorMax Self Storage, BB&T Bank, Spare Room Mini Storage, Elite Watersports, St Pete YMCA, Endorphin Sports, Pinellas Point Civic Association, League of Women Voters, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, Skyway Diner and the Broadwater Civic Association. Photos can be viewed at can be viewed on Facebook at Skyway Marina District and May Day Race.
We wish to thank the many Broadwater residents who volunteer their time to contribute to the success of the Skyway Marina District!! All residents can serve on a committee or attend SMD meetings. Visit http://skywaymarinadistrict.org/ or contact Keri at 727-866-2696 or Keri@SkywayMarina.com
160 folks attended this event on December 17th. It was a wonderful night thanks to Evelyn Hill and her dedicated volunteers Jim Hill, Dana & Linda Farden, Paul & Lee Krueger, Dana & Tom Ando, Rhonda Fuller, Maria & Mike Roesner, Kristie & Tim Wagner, Gia & Ray Ockuly, Lynne Hobbs, Jerry Williams, Jean & Roger Sheahen, Sean Nyitray, Karrie Klement, Karlyn & Kelly Bradshaw, Vicki Linkovich, Judy McCain and our photographers Chuck Goes and Edie Creter.
We wish to thank Voices of Jazz led by Charlie Phillips for providing great music all night. VOJ had the dance floor rocking from the first song and several Broadwater musicians were able to play a song or two with the band! We also thank the Staff of The National Guard and our raffle prize donors: Smith & Associates - Lee Krueger & Debbie Zito, and Pinch-a-Penny Pools. Special thanks to all of you who attended, shared some great dishes and generously donated to our National Guard Families (including Rob Amsler who graciously donated his 50/50 winnings!). With the match from Broadwater and the 50/50 raffle proceeds, we were able to donate a total of $2000!
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