SHINES | August 17, 2018
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City of St. Petersburg Notice of Intent to Lease or Sell City-Owned Real Estate
The City of St. Petersburg is in receipt of an offer from United Insurance Holdings Corporation, a Delaware Corporation, to lease/purchase and develop ±4.59 acres of city-owned property approximately located at 800 - 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg Florida 33701, and located within the Intown Redevelopment Area. A copy of the offer can be obtained from the City of St. Petersburg, Municipal Services Center, Real Estate & Property Management Department, 9th Floor, One - 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 or on the City's website:

Notice is hereby given pursuant to F.S. 163.380, that the CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG is inviting any alternative proposals from private developers or any persons interested in providing an alternative proposal undertaking the lease/purchase and development of the site compatible with the Intown Redevelopment Area plan. Proposals must be delivered not later than 10:00 A.M. (ET), Wednesday, August 29, 2018 to City of St. Petersburg, Real Estate & Property Management, Municipal Services Center, One – 4th Street North-9th Floor, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. Proposals received after the specified time and date for any reason will NOT be considered.

The CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG shall consider all qualified proposals and may accept such alternative proposal as it deems to be in the public interest.
New St. Pete Pier Updates

On Thursday, August 2nd, the St. Pete Pier™ moved closer to completion with several important votes by St. Petersburg City Council. An artist agreement with Janet Echelman for a Net Sculpture within the St. Pete Pier™ district was approved along with other Pier-related decisions, including:

  • A referendum to extend the 10-year lease for the “Pier Building” to entire overwater structure, including Tampa Bay Watch, operator of the Education Center.
  • Agreement with Skanska USA for additional pre-construction services related to the Pier head building, the Pier Approach and Janet Echelman Net Sculpture.
  • Additional design and construction administrative services with W Architecture for the Pier Approach project, including infrastructure of the Janet Echelman Net Sculpture and redesign of a portion of the Pier Approach project.
  • Additional design and construction administrative services with ASD and Rogers Architecture.

Pile driving for Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille begins soon, the seawall work for the Pelican parking lot has started, and the foundation for the Pavilion building is under construction.
August pier approach construction
St. Pete ranks top in state for its parks system
The Trust for Public Land, a national not-for-profit with a mission to "create parks and protect land for people" released their 2018 ParkScore rankings. 100 mid to large-sized cities were analyzed using mapping technology and demographic data to determine how well each city is meeting the need for parks.

St. Petersburg was ranked #1 in Florida and #15 nationwide.

"Our parks provide a place for the St. Pete community to get together for recreational activities and for youth to play, learn and explore," said  Mike Jefferis , city of St. Petersburg Leisure Services administrator.

Dear Penny: The Penny Hoarder Partners with Tampa Bay Times to Launch new Advice Column
The Penny Hoarder and Tampa Bay Times teamed up to debut Dear Penny as a weekly column to help readers solve money dilemmas written by Lisa Rowan, a personal finance expert and senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

The Penny Hoarder Founder & CEO, Kyle Taylor, was thrilled to announce the partnership adding, "This is what it looks like to do business in the  City of St. Petersburg . We look for ways to build each other up and I'm so incredibly proud to call it home. Sometimes the best partnerships are just a short elevator ride away."

City Seeks to Fill Vacancy on South St. Petersburg CRA Citizen Advisory Committee
The City of St. Petersburg is seeking an interested business and/or property owner, resident or stakeholder to fill one vacancy on the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) for the South St. Petersburg Community Redevelopment Area (CRA).

The City will be accepting resumes until  August 28, 2018, at 5 p.m. and expects to have an appointee confirmed by City Council in time for the CAC meeting on October 2, 2018. The term of service will end on January 31, 2020, with the new member eligible to serve two additional three-year terms. 

Please apply online at  Application to South St. Petersburg CAC   where you can also upload a cover letter and resume.

For more information about the CRA Citizen Advisory Committee, please visit:
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#BurgBiz TAO Connect
Meet Bob and Sherry, the masterminds behind the innovative technology that is  TAO Connect . This local business is located in the heart of downtown St. Pete and reimagines how mental health therapy is delivered.

Starting in Gainesville, Florida, Sherry was working at the University of Florida as the Counseling Center Director. Passionate about her work as a psychologist, she discovered that with in-person therapy, she was not helping as many students as she’d like.

“When you make someone wait for therapy, it can change the whole trajectory of their life.”

The solution? Create a company that provides online and mobile tools to achieve mental wellness.

The St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership names Jason Mathis as CEO
The Board of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership announced the hire of Jason Mathis as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. “His experience and expertise will complement our existing leadership structure in the City and contribute to St. Petersburg’s future and economic prosperity,” said Board Chair Melissa Seixas.

Prior to his hire, Jason served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance in Salt Lake City, Utah. "Many people have worked hard to build a dynamic and strong downtown for St. Petersburg,” Mathis said. “It is an amazing place and I am excited to contribute my efforts and passion to help take St. Petersburg’s economy and skyline to the next level." 

St. Pete Foodie News
Kings Street Food Counter located at 937 Central Ave will be closed "indefinitely" and reopen as a new concept that features a new restaurant and full liquor bar.

“I felt it’s the right time, and it's a great location for us to bring something new and more fitting to The EDGE district. I’m all about bringing community together and I am excited for our latest concept, ”  Stephen Schrutt , founder and CEO of Hunger + Thirst Group, said in a statement.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Tues, Aug 21st, 6:15 - 8 pm
Main Library, 3745 9th Ave N

Thurs, Aug 23rd, 6 - 7pm
City Hall, 175 5th St N

Aug 30th, 6 - 9 pm
State Theater, 687 Central Ave

1 Million Cups
Aug 22nd, 9 - 10 am

Special note: 
The Greenhouse hosts 1 Million Cups every Wednesday, 9:00 am to 10:00 am, for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in St. Petersburg. Can't make it in person?   It streams live here!

Business Startup Basics
Aug 23rd, 6 - 8 pm

How to Make Your Business Thrive, Not Just Survive
Aug 28th, 6 - 8 pm
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