Love Where You Live
The City of St. Petersburg works tirelessly to help preserve and improve the health of its nearly 100 neighborhoods, and encourages residents to get involved in these efforts. From its website (https://www.stpete.org/residents/community/improve_your_neighborhood.php), the City offers the following information and resources.
Neighborhood Team: The Neighborhood Team is staffed by City employees who, along with volunteers, assist people in need. While code enforcement is necessary to protect the values of aging properties, some homeowners cannot afford to repair their homes. Neighborhood Team workers help relieve that burden. Free home improvement services are available to St. Petersburg homeowners who are elderly, disabled, or low-income. They include the following:
- Exterior painting
- Handicap access ramps
- Minor roof repairs and patching
- Roof tarps
- Minor plumbing
- Junk/trash & debris removal
- Overgrowth removal
- Code violation repairs
Call the Neighborhood Team at 727.892.5363 to determine eligibility and schedule a site visit.
People Helping People: The Neighborhood Team helps restore pride of ownership, improves the appearance of neighborhoods, and provides volunteer and donation opportunities. The Team welcomes donations of exterior paint, building materials and supplies, gently used tools, etc. If you are interested in volunteering or want to make a donation of supplies and materials, contact the Neighborhood Team.
Neighborhood Cleanups: Neighborhood cleanups are provided once a year for neighborhoods through an application and approval process. To organize an annual neighborhood cleanup call 727.892.5141.
Housing Assistance Programs: Residents who need help with repairs to their existing home or want more information on low-interest loans for a home purchase can contact the Housing Department at 727.893.7247.
Stray Animals & Injured Wildlife: Pinellas County provides resources and actions for residents with concerns about free roaming community cats, illegally tethered or lost animals, injured wildlife, and other urban animal issues. Visit the Pinellas County Animal Services website to learn about they do and how they can help you. (http://www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices/)
Rodent Control Program: The City can assist in rat control on the outside of properties and in neighborhoods. The City will send out a Rodent Control Technician to inspect a property, place a tamper-resistant bait station in a rodent-attracting location outdoors, and advise on how to help rat prevention. To schedule an appointment for inspection, call the City’s Rodent Line at 727.893.7398. For help with rodent control inside a residence, contact a private exterminator.
Storm Drain Marking Kits: Storm drains are designed to drain excess rain and groundwater from streets and other paved surfaces during a storm. The City provides storm drain markers to let neighborhoods know that storm drains are only for rain and educate the public on the need to prevent storm water pollution at the source. These signs raise awareness about the connection between storm drains and local waterways and can help to deter littering, excess fertilizer use, dumping, and other practices that contribute to storm water pollution and localized flooding. Kits include the markers, maps, and the tools needed to attach the markers to the storm drain covers.
Facilitate a Neighborhood Traffic Plan: The City’s Neighborhood Transportation Management Program works with Neighborhood Association and residents to address neighborhood goals relating to mobility, efficiency and safety. The purpose of a Traffic Plan is to alter driver behavior, improve conditions for non-motorized street users, and to enhance livable communities.
The Making of St. Petersburg, by Will Michaels
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If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one and are thinking of selling, talk to The Mesimer Team.