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MLK/9th St. reduce to 3 lanes

Important Notice

The City is quietly moving forward with a plan to reduce MLK/9th Street to three lanes between 34th Ave. and 5th Ave. N. There has been very little notice, yet they may begin construction as quickly as later this month. The motivation is to create two large independent bicycle lanes (11 feet wide) in each direction, and eliminate one automobile lane. Some portions will be one lane south bound and some one lane north bound. Not surprisingly, 64 businesses presented petitions to the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce June 26th, asking for the Chamber to help them lobby for keeping all four lanes open. Several of the businesses fear they may be forced to close. For those of you who use 9th Street between 5th Ave. and 34th Ave/, this likely will be a major change if implemented. It is easy to see that a significant number of 9th Street users will begin to use 4th Street instead, and of course that will add to the traffic on that major artery. As we have added many new residents since 2008, a number of residents have voiced their opinions against this change and fear that traffic will become even more congested.

Anyone who is concerned about this should contact City Councilman, Ed Montanari at (727) 893-7111 or email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You should also contact Mayor Rick Kriseman at (727) 893-7201 or email him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Message from SIPOA Communications Chair - Howard Pollack

For those of you who haven’t yet heard, the new board of SIPOA was elected and in May the first meeting took place. Many topics were discussed and many useful suggestions were made, a number of committees were formed, and all in all this was a very productive first meeting.

Discussion focused on the repair and replacement of broken monuments and statues at various street corners including along the median, as well as cleaning and painting them. Further discussion centered on more beatification projects across Snell Isle, including the possible installation of a water feature within the median.

We also discussed ways to try to engage the residents of the Isle to become more involved and more informed. For those of you who aren't aware, SIPOA has a website which will be continuously updated with current information, pictures, links to City resources, including an Alert Program to keep us all safe and informed. The web address is: www.enjoysnellisle.com. Please log on and check it out.

As a new member of the Board I volunteered to act as committee chairman of communications; and so in an effort to…ahem…communicate, I want to not only advise all the residents of the meetings, but further, I want to enlist the help of those of you who would like to give a little of your time to become more involved in the things that go on in our community. Perhaps you have a story to tell, or you took a great photo, or created a wonderful drawing? Or maybe you just wish to provide insight or information? Maybe you would like to volunteer to help at one of the functions that SIPOA promotes throughout the year? We are also looking for help with maintenance/cleaning of the monuments and statues located all over Snell Isle. Whatever it may be, I want to establish a dialogue with all of you who would like to become involved, even if it means just showing up with a smile and a handshake. I would like to provide a venue for any and all offers of engagement and assistance, so feel free to reach out to me via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SAVE THE DATE – August 5 – Lawn Party/BBQ

On AUGUST 5th from 3 pm to 5 pm SIPOA has planned a great social event for all Snell Isle residents, family and friends. The theme for the party is Nostalgia, the name of the party will be "Back to The Future.” We want to celebrate the great history of Snell Isle.

The event will take place on the median lawn on Snell Isle Blvd. by the golf course. We will be serving pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and Ice cream compliments of SIPOA.

We will also have a baking contest where any residents can bring their home baked goods to be sampled for taste and prizes will be given for the best baked goods. There will also be entertainment and fun for children and teens.

We want to get an approximate head count and ask all residents who intend to attend to send an email to Howard Pollack, our Communications Director, at his email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at: (516) 356-0988 and let him know how many people from your family will be attending.

Additionally, anyone who would like to help out with their time, talent or suggestions, please send him an email about that as well. We would like to make this a successful and fun event, so please respond as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you all there this summer. Thank you. SIPOA

Please consider providing emergency contact information

Please consider providing emergency contact information to law enforcement in the event of an emergency. Should you be in an accident and first responders cannot unlock your phone to get contact information, this website, accessed only through the Florida Dept of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides an on-line tool for you to provide the information accessible by law enforcement. You must hold a Florida drivers license or Florida Identification Card in order to provide this information.

This service will allow you to provide emergency contact information to law enforcement in the event of an emergency. This information may save crucial time if ever it becomes necessary to contact family members or other loved ones. This service is only available to individuals holding a current Florida Driver License or Florida Identification Card.

Your personal information in Florida motor vehicle and driver records is blocked in accordance with the Driver Privacy Protection Act ( https://www.flhsmv.gov/privacy-statement/driver-privacy-protection-act/ )

Consider linking to this website:https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/ and entering your emergency contact information. Better safe than sorry.

Child Safety Tips from St. Petersburg Police Dept.

Officer Donald Herring – St. Petersburg Police Department Sharing child safety tips for National Missing Children’s Day

Every year in the U.S., 465,000 children are reported missing. National Missing Children's Day, which is May 25, was created to encourage parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. To commemorate this day, we wanted to share the following safety tips with you:

  • Teach children their contact information. Make sure your child knows his or her full name, home address and telephone number. Include this contact information in their backpack, coat, etc. Teach your child not to share this information with anyone he or she does not know without your permission.
  • Practice safe social media.Talk to your children about the risks of sharing too much information on social media. Explain how "checking in" on social networks and sharing location information or routines can have negative consequences.
  • Listen and ask questions. Listen if your child says someone makes him or her feel uncomfortable. Ask questions to better understand why. It is important for children to learn to trust their instincts.
  • Use Nextdoor's urgent alert tool if your child goes missing or wanders away. After contacting authorities, use Nextdoor to alert your neighbors. The first few hours after a child goes missing are the most critical. Since there's typically a window of time before emergency responders can arrive, alerting your neighbors can be an essential step.

About Snell Isle

image Snell Isle is home to the historic The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, one of the Nation's premier golf courses.
image Our tropical surroundings provide waterfront vistas for most residents. Over 80% of the homes on Snell Isle enjoy waterfront views.
image In 1920, local developer C. Perry Snell began construction on what was originally, a muddy mangrove island.

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