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18th annual Broadwater family picnic
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What a perfect day it was for the longest running Annual Broadwater Event on March 26th for a crowd of 160 thanks to all of our volunteers lead by Gia Ockuly. Along with plenty of great food brought by our residents, our chefs served hamburgers, hot dogs, and Johnsonville brats from the grill. TASCO provided great music and inflatables for the kids. We also had some great door prizes thanks to 45 of our generous local merchants. Please support these great businesses that support Broadwater!
Many thanks to the following folks for donating their time and energy making this event a success for the 18th straight year: Edie Creter & Chuck Goes (our photographers), Ray Ockuly, Mike Zito, Roger Sheahen, Dana Farden, Mark Ewin & Jerry Williams (the grill masters), Dana Ando, Paula Briggs, Melanie Diaz, Patti Ewin, Linda Farden, Rhonda Fuller, Evelyn & Jim Hill, Lynn Hobbs, Lisa Mets, Erkki Taada, Jean Sheahen, Lee & Paul Krueger, Linda Morgan, Mike & Maria Roesner, Tim Stevenson and the 9 awesome members of the TASCO Team led by Yoser Pacheco. Thanks also to all our 2017 Association members and our advertisers who support our social events all year. Go to Picnic to view or download photos of this event.
What a great showing by our 15 well decorated and creative boats on December 10th! Thanks to all of our captains and crews, those who watched from the shore and those who voted.
The voting was very close and the top 3 boats were:
3rd Place Love Boat (#1):
2nd Place Engine 9 (#9):
1st place Tulsa(#8):
Thanks to John and Sue O'Conner for organizing this wonderful event and hosting the pre-party and Debbie and Mike Zito for hosting the awards party.
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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
On Saturday September 24th, Broadwater volunteers took part in Carefest 2016. Carefest is a nationwide volunteer day where individuals, groups and associations join forces to complete projects identified by local groups. This year Broadwater adopted two projects. Thanks go out to Vicki Linkovich, Junia & Mike Milvain, Gia Ockuly, Tom Ando and Bailey & Sarah Tapia for volunteering to staff the registration tables at Lake Vista Park. Block Captains Tom Hobgood and Brian Dault along with Sue Lamoureux organized the 40th St. S project where volunteers installed a fence gate and cleaned up a neighbor’s yard. Thanks also to Ken Lamoureux, Paul Kegel, David Perillo and Evan, Toby & Jedi Dault for volunteering their time and energy. All of you made a difference!! We hope to continue this type of effort on a regular basis to help others and improve Broadwater! View More Pictures of the event.
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.
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.
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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38th St Improvements Survey
Our 38th Street Beautification project is completed! We have much to be proud of and have received very positive feedback from residents. Our team worked very hard on the project from Mike Zito's idea of replacing or covering those ugly bollards with new ones. Not a bad idea but it was more of a temporary cosmetic approach and we felt we needed a long term fix. John Sokol, our Broadwater resident Project Manager, joined Mike and came up with ideas after viewing other bridge railings around St. Petersburg. Tom Ando, Thom Burton and Ted Vandigriff joined the volunteer team. After many meetings amongst ourselves and with the City, we paid $1500 (the only funds from the Broadwater Civic Association) for a civil engineering firm to work with us and the City to provide some acceptable options. We then prepared an online survey in June 2016 for all interested Broadwater families to help in the decision making and also pledge money toward the project. 125 responded to the survey and 111 pledged $28,898. We ended up with 84 donors who contributed $24,425 which is a very impressive $290 per donor! The City of St. Petersburg contributed via a beautification grant of $ 20,000 and installed the new curb and gutter. If not for this community partnership, this would just be a short story about a failed idea. Instead it is a great example of how a neighborhood can find a solution for a difficult task, overcome obstacles and rally around a civic idea that really improves the whole neighborhood as well as the northwest side of Maximo Marina.
In order to keep this area beautiful we are requesting the cooperation of all Broadwater residents. If you see anything that could possibly cause damage or create a mess please inform the offenders or call the police non-emergency number. The signs posted in the area say "No Stopping, Standing, or Parking" so there should be no activity there. Most of the local dock and seawall companies have been sent a letter to inform them of the project and requesting their cooperation. Alternatives for delivering materials are to unload on the street at the project site or load at Maximo Park or Gulfport Marina (for a small fee). We are requesting that every Broadwater resident using a dock or seawall company be sure to inform your contractor of the limitations on 38th St S. A copy of the letter is available for download here.
Thanks to all of you who help beautify Broadwater and our 38th St S team of John Sokol, Mike Zito, Tom Ando, Thom Burton, Ted Vandigriff, Kenny Bishop, Kelly Bradshaw and the City of St. Petersburg Neighborhood Partnership and Engineering Departments. Any excess funds will remain in a separate account for upkeep and other neighborhood improvements.
You may still contribute by mailing your check made out to Broadwater Civic Association to Mike Zito 4369 48th Ave S St. Petersburg, FL 33711. If you have any questions contact Mike Zito at Mikepzito@gmail.com or 813-727-7035.
The 4th Annual Broadwater Halloween Party on October 22nd was held on a picture perfect night for 170 attendees who arrived with some great original costumes and some creative Halloween themed foods. The 63 kids in attendance had a blast on the hay ride piloted by Sean Nyitray. Those who dared to enter the haunted house were greeted with some new twists this year including a haunted jeep and a few more live actors! The costume and themed food contests brought out the best in our creative Broadwater kids and adults. Lynne Hobbs took the award for best side with her pumpkin cheese dip and Cecilia Canizares won for best dessert with her spooky chocolate cake. Thank you to all who participated in all of the contests! This event was made possible through the planning and hard work of Sean, Jennifer & Nova Nyitray, Gia & Ray Ockuly, Mark & Patti Ewin and Tim & Kristie Wagner. Thanks also to Tim Stevenson, Tom Ando, Charlie Phillips, Kristen Mory, Rich Ruiz, Derek Kilborn, Tony Schott (Johnsonville Brats), Dawn & Rick Tripolino, Alex Rollar, Leesha, Mackenzie, Kasey, Emma, Amada, and our photographers Philip Creter, Erkki Taada and Danita Tang. And of course none of this would have been possible without our wonderful hosts, the Canizares Family, who are always very accommodating and always provide us with some great kids to help clean up the day after!
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