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A Porch Party First: A Downtown Bungalow!

Single-family homes in the heart of downtown are increasingly threatened with demolition due to development pressures, but there is one more now safe from the wrecking ball thanks to Valerie Knaust! Come visit her 1920s bungalow on April 24th for another fun SPP Porch Party.  Valerie, a well known local artist and sculptor, purchased the building a little over a year ago and has done a great job restoring it to a single family residence.

valerie knaust bungalow

Like  our other SPP porch parties, there will be music, food, and a talk from the homeowner on how and why she chose to preserve this charming bungalow.  For music, SPP is excited to present one of the Bay area's rising new stars, Ella Jet, who mixes a blend of roots rock and Americana with jangly indie sounds.  You will be sorry if miss this evening!

T-shirts and Movie Posters for Sale!!

You can now buy your Preserve the 'Burg or Movies in the Park tee shirts online via St. Pete Threads, a new local business!  And, of course the shirts will also be available at the SPP tent at Movies  in the Park and at our table during the month of May at the Saturday Morning Market.  In addition to the shirts, SPP will have the Carrie Jadus designed May Movie poster for sale at Movies in the Park and at the Market.
If you can't wait for Movies to start t get your shirt, just use the convenient link below to make you purchase at St. Pete Threads! We keep them stocked with all sizes or women or men!


SPP's President and Executive Director to speak at the Museum of History's Happy Hour with a Historian!

SPP's Board of Directors President Emily Elwyn and Executive Director Monica Kile will be the featured speakers at the May 13th Happy Hour with the Historian at the Museum of History. Monica and Emily will discuss what preservationist Wayne Wood has called the "Radical, Conservative, Liberal Concept" of preservation.
What exactly does preservation mean? Who's it for? What are it's benefits? And what about all of these drawbacks we keep hearing about? How does preservation really contribute to the quality of life in St. Petersburg? If you didn't want to already, Emily and Monica will surely make you want to Preserve the Burg! The evening starts at 6:30 pm at the Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave NE. ($5 suggested donation)  
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Prizes, trivia questions, fun, lots of people....what was it...the May Movie Announcement Party. If you missed it, below is the movie & band schedule - we think it's a great line-up! And note the special added movie evening on April 30 in west St. Pete....Yes, Movies in the Park goes west for one special evening on the waterfront at the Admiral Farragut Academy.

And our favorite St. Pete artist, Carrie Jadus, has again outdone herself with another incredible Movie in the Park poster. The poster will be on sale at the SPP tent at Movies in the Park along with new Movie in the Park tee-shirts!

  • April 30 - Cocoon (1985) - Special Location for this movie night only - Downtown has the Fountain of Youth but west side has the alien cocoons in a pool! Director Ron Howard brought an all star cast to west St. Pete 30 years ago to make the film! and SPP will be showing the movie near its filming location.  Movie in the Park West takes place on the waterfront at the ADMIRAL FARRAGUT ACADEMY (parking onsite; entrance at 9th Ave. N. & Park St.). No alcohol allowed at this movie night location. Evening's music, The Dancing Chickens!   
  • May 7 - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning story and Academy Award winning film classic. Gregory Peck stars in one of his most unforgettable roles as an attorney in a in a small southern town in the 1930's. Evening's music, Ramblegrass.
  • May 14 - Shine (1996)  - Geoffrey Rush plays a pianist who has many ups & downs before returning to the concert hall as an acclaimed musician. The film had six Academy Award nominations including Rush winning best actor. The Craftsman House presents the evening's music, Nashville recording artist Kevin So with pedal steel great Buck Reid!
  • May 21 - The Blind Side (2009) - A touching film about a family who takes in a homeless boy, "Big Mike," who becomes a pro football star. Sandra Bullock plays the mother in an Academy Award winning role. Evening's music, Sarasota Slim.
  • May 28 - Saturday Night Fever (1977) - John Travolta was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor playing the weekend teen disco king. Be sure to wear your 70's attire & dancing shoes! Evening's music & dancing with Boxcar Hollow.
Movies in the Park is FREE (donations gladly accepted)!!! Come early & enjoy the band before the movie! Purchase food & drink from some of our favorite Saturday Morning Market vendors set up onsite or bring your own picnic. Bring a blanket or low seat (some folding chairs available). SPP encourages you to bicycle to Movies in the Park and to make it easier to do so, secure on-site bicycle valet parking will be available with the St. Pete Bike Co-Op!
Walking Tours!

The Spring Saturday Morning walking tour season is winding down as SPP gets ready to start the summer walking tour schedule. The final Spring Saturday tours include the Waterfront on April 11, the funky old southeast on April 18 (see below) and Historic Kenwood on April 25. We are still working on finalizing the summer tour schedule but you can expect an evening tour about once per month. The first summer Twlight on the Town tour will be on May 12!

On April 18 SPP will feature the funky and historic Old Southeast, known for its eclectic styles of homes, hex block sidewalks and historic waterfront Lassing Park. In conjunction with the tour, the neighborhood will be holding its annual plant swap with plants, gardening supplies, tools, etc. available to trade or share. The neighborhood will also have a raffle of donated gardening related items. The plant swap takes place in Chattaway's parking lot starting at 9 am. All told, it adds up to a great way to greet the weekend with the plant swap, followed by the walking tour followed and ending with a beer and chatterburger!

SPP's final spring Downtown Lunchtime Tour with SPP president Emily Elwyn will be on Friday, May 8. The approximately 1 hour tour is a great way to get a quick intro on St. Pete history! Tour starts at noon in front of Mickey's Caf? & Organics at 318 Central Ave.

All of the walking tours are free to SPP members, just $5 for non-members. Saturday tours start at 10 am. Click on the tour links above for more details, starting location for the respective tour and for reservations (recommended but not required).
Rising Tide: Will Sea Level Rise Doom the Burg's Next Boom? Next Program in the "Boom, Bust, and the Built Environment" series is May 21!

The first three programs in the SPP's lecture series, funded by the Florida Humanities Council and Estelia Mesimer, Real Estate Consultant, have drawn crowds of more than 100 people each. We expect the next program, at the Karen Steidinger Auditorium on the USFSP campus to be no different!

As Florida overtakes New York as the country's third largest state, it seems a fait accompli that Florida will continue to draw new residents by the millions. But as the climate changes and the icecaps melt, how much of Florida will remain above water? What impact will rising sea levels have on property values and insurance rates? Will people continue to flood to Florida, or will flooding cause residents to flee the state? And what does it mean for historic preservation?


Dwight Dudley, Florida House of Representatives District 68; David Hastings, Professor of Marine Science & Chemistry, Eckerd College, Gary T. Mitchum, Professor and Associate Dean, USF College of Marine Science.

Program is free for all attendees. Reception featuring appetizers and cash bar begins at 6:30 pm. Program begins at 7.

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: Karen Steidinger Auditorium, 100 8th Avenue SE, St. Petersburg, 33701


Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. 
Ordinance Update!!

SPP put out an "Action Alert" recently about the preservation ordinance amendments and hundreds of you responded, thank you!  With your support, on April 2, city council passed on "first reading" a compromise forged by Mayor Kriseman and supported by SPP to make the historic district application process a more neighborhood friendly process. Council also scheduled a July 23 public hearing, the final step in the adoption process. Additionally, city staff will be holding at least one public information meeting before the July hearing in an effort to end the confusion some have been given about what the changes mean.  


What is it all about - It is about whether the city should change the process for neighborhoods wanting to apply for historic district designation.  SPP believes the present process is broken, preventing neighborhoods desiring to submit an application from being able to do so.  Submittal of an application is the first of many steps in the district designation process and initiates the scheduling of public hearings. After holding at least two public hearings, city council ultimately decides if a historic district application should be approved. 


What is it not about - It is not about imposing restrictions on neighborhoods, allowing a small group to dictate to the majority what one can do to their property nor about making it more expensive for homeowners to maintain their property.  

Want to find out more - You can go here to read the SPP action alert on the issue or click on this link for a   Q & A about troser pk hist dist flag he proposed ordinance changes.  Or, if you would like to get the detail on how preservation is good for the economy, including the data supporting the conclusion that historic districts help to maintain and to improve neighborhood property values, click here! Would you like to see 10 reasons why historic districts are good for neighborhoods here!


Have more questions, send us a message and we will be happy to talk to you!