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The Town Talk

Kenneth City's Official Newsletter

December 2021

Stay connected with the Town of Kenneth City


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Sign up for the Town's Newsletter by texting KENNETHCITY to 22828 to get started.

Please note that the Town's Newsletter will only be delivered through the end of 2021. We encourage everyone to sign up for the newsletter to be emailed to you. Otherwise, there will be printed copies available at Town Hall.

Feeding Pinellas Holiday Donation:

Strengthening our Community

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The Town of Kenneth City's Council voted to make a donation to Feeding Pinellas Empowerment Center.

The Feeding Pinellas Empowerment Center is an expansion of Feeding Tampa Bay's FoodPlus programs alongside the Trinity Cafe. This Empowerment Center, located at Northwest Church on 54th Ave., provides wrap-around services in addition to nutrition assistance such as SNAP benefit assistance, education and job training.

"The Feeding Pinellas Empowerment Center, a localized solution of Feeding Tampa Bay, will also serve as the heart for our other programs within the County."

Trinity Café is a free, full service restaurant for those in need of a healthy meal. Beginning November 1, 2021, enjoy a 3-course meal on site at Trinity Cafe Pinellas, serving nutritious, chef-prepared meals Monday – Friday each week.


Northwest Church, 6330 54th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33709

Serving Hours:

Monday – Friday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Feeding Pinellas will be attending the Town's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which is scheduled for December 11, 2021 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Carl Schleck Park (6000 54th Avenue North). They will be celebrating with the Town by handing out cookies and promoting their services.

Kenneth City

Police Department

Our patrol officers continue to concentrate on high priority traffic locations to increase awareness and promote safety. Here is officer Cruz and Nikki, who was rewarded with a gift card for making sure she and her children were buckled up! Seatbelts save lives. Drive safely this Holiday Season!

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Due to recent auto burglaries in town, the Town of Kenneth City's Police Department would like to remind residents to "Lock it or Lose it." Lock your vehicles. Lock the doors to your home and make sure your garage is closed for the night.

Let's all do our part to prevent crime and preserve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

Community Ties Run Deep for Vice Mayor Zemaitis

by Jaylyn Mischke 

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 “It’s important to be involved in your community,” Megan Zemaitis said. And she should know. Megan moved here when she was just five years old. She grew up volunteering at the town’s Halloween events and was excited to see James Ernst Playground open with equipment that she helped pick.

  Megan was elected to Kenneth City Council in March of 2020 and has served as Vice Mayor for the last year. Now she has two new roles—Head Swim Coach and Family and Community Liaison at Hollins High.

 Her role as Liaison gives her an opportunity to help kids in our community that are in need. Some need mentors. Some need food assistance. Some need clothing. “This is another way I can give back to my community,” Zemaitis said. “It was humbling to have to find the students in need of Thanksgiving meals and get the food in their hands. I could see how grateful they were. I wished I could’ve helped more.”

  Her soft spot extends to the swim team, too. When a sophomore signed up that could not swim, Megan didn’t turn her away. She taught her to swim.

  “When I went to Dixie, it didn’t have a great reputation. Our swim team had fun, but we never won a meet. It could be embarrassing.” This year, Hollins High Swim Team won not just one, but two of their meets against local rivals from Pinellas Park and Gibbs. They made it all the way to regionals and even had a diver take fifth place at the FHSAA state championships.

  Her swimmers dramatically lowered the times of their personal bests and, just as important, they bonded like family. If you would like to be a sponsor or a volunteer for Hollins High, please contact Megan at

Community Planning with Forward Pinellas

The Town of Kenneth City has partnered with Forward Pinellas to work on several planning related programs including a review of Chapter 54 of the Town's Code of Ordinances.

Forward Pinellas will present to the Town Council, administration, and residents the results of their research and data collection on December 15th, 2021. From this research and data collection, Forward Pinellas will present at least three viable options for the Council’s consideration.

Forward Pinellas is a land use and transportation planning agency that guides integrated transportation and land use solutions that sustain economic value by connecting the communities of Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region. Forward Pinellas, and their services, are paid for through your property taxes.


Construction Site

Best Management Practices

The Town of Kenneth City is very conscious of our Town's Impact on the Environment. Sediment and a host of other pollutants from construction sites can make their way into our waterways can do great harm. To reduce this harm, Best Management Practices must be maintained during construction activity.

These best management practices include:

  • The use of silt fencing, turbidity curtains, inlet protection and construction entrances/exits.
  • All construction sites must have a qualified inspector that is responsible for the inspection and notification of stormwater BMP maintenance to the responsible contractor. Training can be obtained through the state program: https://
  • All BMPs must be inspected at least once weekly and after a rain event of a half inch or greater.
  • Perimeter controls such as silt fencing, turbidity curtains, diversions and construction entrances must be installed before mass grading occurs.
  • All construction equipment such as dump trucks, tractors, dozers, and concrete trucks must not track sediment into the roadway.
  • Maintenance and repair of construction equipment must be located and designed so that pollutants (i.e., oils, fuels, solvents) will not enter the town's stormwater system (MS4).
  • Soil stock piles (spoils) must be properly located, and appropriate BMPs (i.e., silt fencing, stabilization, tarps) must be implemented to prevent off-site sediment impacts.
  • Appropriate concrete washout areas must be located on site and properly contained.
  • Phase grading and excavation activities must be used to minimize soil disturbance when possible.
  • Disturbed soil exposed for seven days or more must be appropriately stabilized

National Flood Insurance Program

Community Rating System (CRS)

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a national voluntary program that encourages, recognizes, and rewards local floodplain management activities that go above and beyond the minimum requirements for participation in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The CRS has three goals:

  • Reduce and avoid flood damage to insurable property.
  • Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP
  • Foster comprehensive floodplain management.

Under the Community Rating System (CRS), communities can be rewarded for doing more than simply regulating construction of new buildings to the minimum national standards of the NFIP. Under the CRS, the flood insurance premiums of a community’s residents and businesses are discounted to reflect that community’s work to reduce flood damage to existing buildings, manage development in areas not mapped by the NFIP, protect new buildings beyond the minimum NFIP protection level, preserve and/or restore natural functions of floodplains, help insurance agents obtain flood data, and help people obtain flood insurance.

Kenneth City participates in the NFIP and is designated a Class 8 community, enabling residents a 10% discount on flood insurance premiums for properties (or contents) in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and a 5% discount for properties (or contents) outside the SFHA.

When you renew your Flood Insurance Policy, please check for your "Community Rating Number" stated on your policy. If your policy states a number other than 8, and you are a Kenneth City resident, please call your insurance agent to correct the policy.

Visit the Pinellas County Flood Map Service Center to obtain information related to your Risk for Flooding.

  • My Flood Risk Map App provides an overview of your flood risk and flood insurance requirement by clicking on your property or using the search function in the upper left hand part of your screen (Pinellas County).
  • All-In-One Flood Map App provides detailed flood insurance in one map app by clicking on your property and turning data layers on and off (Pinellas County).

SFHA zones begin with the letter A and V as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) of Kenneth City.

To view the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), please visit the FEMA Flood Maps page.



The 2022 municipal election will take place March 15, 2022.


Qualifying for candidates will begin Thursday, December 16th

and run through Thursday, December 23rd.


Dates and Times to pick-up or drop-off candidate qualifying

packets at Town Hall, 6000 54th Avenue N


·       Thursday, December 16, 2021 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Friday, December 17, 2021       8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Monday, December 20, 2021    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Tuesday, December 21, 2021    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Wednesday, December 22, 2021     8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

·       Thursday, December 23, 2021        8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Seats up for election:         

     Two (2) Councilmembers


If you are interested in running for any of these positions, you need to be a Kenneth City resident for at least two (2) years and a registered voter.  


Remember, you MUST have your DRIVER’S LICENSE & VOTER ID CARD with you when you pick up a packet.

Upcoming Town Council Meetings,

Workshops & Events

December 8, 2021 6:30 pm Town Council Meeting

December 11, 2021 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Carl Schleck Park

6000 54th Avenue North

December 15, 2021 6:30 pm

Council Workshop - Forward Pinellas

Chapter 54 Town Code of Ordinances

Council Meetings and Workshops are located at

4600 58th Street North, Kenneth City, FL 33709

Please contact Town Hall at 727-498-8948 if you need any assistance

related to Americas with Disabilities Act (ADA) and inclusion.

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Kenneth City Town Hall • 6000 54th Avenue North • 

Kenneth City, FL 33709 • (727) 498-8948

Police Department & Community Hall • 

4600 58th Street North • Kenneth City, FL 33709

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