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As an avid organic gardener for more than 40 years, I have been composting for almost that entire time. I have made them with chicken wire, old fence boards, recycled broken rain barrels, pallets, broken wine barrels, trash cans or whatever materials that I could find. I have also purchased compost bins from various farm supply stores and gardening supply companies. When I lived in Northern California 20 plus years ago, they already had a free composting program. So I am extremely happy that my city of these last 13 years is launching this program. They even have a downloadable composting guide.

I signed up for it immediately-about 2 weeks ago-even though I bought a very small one a while back. With all of my gardening & cooking, I filled it up very quickly. Just yesterday I received an email stating that “so many St Petersburg residents are interested in composting. Due to the demand for compost bins, it is taking some time to get them all delivered. Yours should be delivered before the end of next week. Thanks again for your interest (and patience), The St Pete Composting Team”.  I’ll gladly wait. I am so happy that SO many residents signed up!!

From the City of St Pete’s website:

Composting 7-2019

Did you know that kitchen and yard waste make up about 30% of what is thrown away? Composting helps divert these materials from landfills to deliver nutrients back into the soil.

Composting is the natural process of recycling organic material, like kitchen and yard waste, which breaks down to form a usable, nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Residential Composting Program

St. Petersburg’s residential composting program supports the sustainability initiatives of the City and empowers residents to minimize their environmental impact. Residents in single-family homes who are interested in composting are invited to sign up the free and voluntary program.

Participants in the composting program will receive a composting bin from the City to use in their backyard. The bin is approximately 33″ wide at the base and 33″ tall. There will be no collection service, but the resident will be responsible for feeding and maintaining the bin and will reap the benefits of the nutrient-rich compost by spreading it on their lawn or garden or even donating to a local community garden. For more information about composting, see our composting guide .

Next Steps

  1. Complete the form to request a composting bin.
  2. Start composting!
  3. Participate in periodic surveys to help improve the composting program.

http://www.stpete.org/sanitation/composting.php

The Delta Aquarids meteor shower, which is ongoing through August 23, peaks on July 28. The reason it’ll be so good that night? Why, the moon, of course.
— Read on www.thediscoverer.com/blog/a-black-supermoon-will-make-this-meteor-shower-incredible/

It’s almost here-2019 Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Florida! March 8th-10th. It runs through downtown and along the waterfront! Photo taken from the Dali Museum Garden.

The 11th St. Petersburg Jazz Festival is happening this Wednesday, February 27th through Sunday, March 3rd, 2019.

All of the concerts are being held at the Palladium Theater and the Palladium Theater Side Door venues. The lineup of artists for the 2019 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival includes multi-instrumentalist & singer Valerie Gillespie and band, vocalist Alexis Cole with the Helios Jazz Orchestra, Remembering Sam Rivers – a tribute to jazz legend Sam Rivers from his bandmates, the  flutist Nestor Torres with Mauricio Rodrigues and Dimas Sanchez, the Martin Bejerano Trio.

Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.mypalladium.org/events/

 

 

Look which city made it into the top 20 places to visit this year in the USA according to TripAdvisor!! St Petersburg, Florida!! Yippee! For the last 13 years, I have called St Pete my home. It is surrounded by beautiful water, has gorgeous weather-especially at this time of year, tons of great restaurants representing food from around the world, farmers market, food trucks, unique shops, brew pubs, world famous museums, top-notch galleries, creative murals, waterfront parks, dog parks, boating, sports to watch or partake in, music venues, music festivals, Ribfest, Honda Grand Prix race running through the downtown along the waterfront and so much more. With an average of 361 days of sunshine per year, St Pete has the Guinness World Record for logging the most consecutive days of sunshine (768 days). Hmmm, maybe that is why it is nicknamed “The Sunshine City” in the Sunshine State.

I love it here. Come for a visit or to buy a home, I’ll be waiting for you.

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Nicknamed the “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg is a warm and pleasant beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast with much to see and do. Springtime visitors won’t want to miss the St. Petersburg Mainsail Arts Festival, a joyful celebration with artists, food, live music, and entertainment. There’s a lot to do out on the water in St. Petersburg, like this Mangrove Kayak Tour, or a Stand up Pedalboard Tour where you’re likely to spot dolphins and manatees. On a St. Petersburg Speedboat Adventure, you’ll take the wheel of your very own speedboat, exploring the coastline in style.

To see the other 19 cities, including BALTIMORE and BEND, Oregon, please go to https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2019/01/28/top-places-visit-usa-best-destinations/?fbclid=IwAR28G8o-j1FkD7sN5KIHbNvS_yBgD8wyshC9rWqL538tOaLrV0oCX_6EW1Y

How cute is this? How cool is this? I wonder how many books are in there? I want that job!! As a kid I looked forward every Thursday afternoon when the bookmobile arrived in my neighborhood shopping plaza at 3:30. I devoured books like other kids ate candy. Biographies, history, mysteries, adventure, arts, music, photography, sailing, architecture, travel, and more. I guess some things never change. Can’t wait to go see this itty bitty library on wheels!

A vintage bookmobile is road tripping all over America — and of course it’s spending the winter leg of its trip in Florida. The concept from the Brooklyn Art Library is an amalgam of creativity. Shelved inside a rebuilt 1985 Piaggio are hundreds of sketchbooks from the museum’s archives.

https://ilovetheburg.com/art-on-wheels-brooklyn-bookmobile-set-to-cruise-through-the-burg/

The minds behind the Bookmobile consider it an “installation to engage with local communities on a deeper level. More than just an opportunity to browse sketches, visitors will learn about the complex cataloging system and how to mobilize a global project.

The vintage museum on wheels will make several pitstops in the Tampa Bay region.

From December 18 through December 20 it will be posted up outside Intermezzo at 1111 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. The Bookmobile will also be in attendance at the St. Pete Saturday Morning Market on December 15 and December 22.

Want to participate in this project? You can order your own sketchbook and send it back filled with the images and ideas in your head. Your work will then travel with the Bookmobile as an ever growing, ever changing exchange of ideas.

Learn more about the project on the Sketchbook website. You can also get a bit more on the background of the Brooklyn Art Museum by visiting their website. There’s plenty of flights from TPA to La Guardia, JFK and Newark International if you’re ever itching to experience Brooklyn.

*Featured image via Brooklyn Art Library

article via https://ilovetheburg.com/art-on-wheels-brooklyn-bookmobile-set-to-cruise-through-the-burg/

Local artist alternative holiday market in St Petersburg, Florida waterfront park

Takes place in South Straub Park November 24.  Shop local. Support local. Enable the makers and collectors in the Sunshine City to prosper while picking up a totally unique gift for a loved one. 10-5pm for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/374707542937157/

Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
The parade begins at Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE., and runs along Bayshore Dr. to Fifth Ave. N. Following the Santa Parade, Mayor Rick Kriseman lights up the downtown waterfront around 8pm in North Straub Park for St. Petersburg’s annual Tree Lighting. Stay after the Santa Parade & Tree Lighting to enjoy a night in the park with games, a marching band performance, concessions and more! Starts 5:30pm. Take the downtown looper FREE to avoid the hassle of looking for parking along Beach Drive.

We are thankful for this!

The newest member of the Pinellas International Council! Thank you, Brian Woods and Sharon Woods, for the great photos!! Love it. Jason is so cute!!

3 hour layover in Baltimore,so my daughter & grandson visited & brought me a fantastic gift. My grandson knows that I have plates with Maryland blue crabs🦀 (Of course), seahorses, turtles & octopus but no Manta rays. How cool is this?!?! Thanks, Kyle & Sarah Weller-Bentivegna!!

By Veronica Brezina-Smith  – Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal

A bright yellow vest clings onto my blazer and a group of plane spotters and the airport staff stand out on the runway awaiting Copa Airlines’ arrival from Panama City with one of the most modern aircrafts in the market.

“Get ready,” the airport media relations team members say, as onlookers prepare cameras to snap the moment the blue and white plane lands during a hot Thursday afternoon.

Veronica Brezina@TBBJVeroni

@CopaAirlines new Max9 airplane coming in @FlyTPA @TBBJnewsroom

Sept 2018

The plane was rolling in as if it was a celebrity strutting down the red carpet. The airport conducted a water arch salute, where water cannons spray at the same time, creating an arch the plane passes under. The celebratory arch is done rarely at the airport, as the airport staff said it has to be a major inaugural flight or for a long-term pilot who is retiring for one of the airport’s big carriers.

“It’s the beginning of a new era, introducing the first Boeing (NYSE: BA) 737 MAX9. It’s a symbol of pride for the airline, Panama and the Copa team members,” Fernando Fondevila Leyton, Copa’s regional manager for North America, told Tampa Bay Business Journal during the celebration of the plane landing in Tampa.

Copa Airlines (NYSE: CPA) has been offering service to the Tampa airport since 2013 and recently the airline started increasing its service from Tampa to Panama.

“Tampa is a key market for Copa,” Leyton said. “It’s been a successful destination for Copa Airlines. It allows us to operate the only nonstop service from Tampa International to Panama City, our Hub of the Americas, and from Panama beyond with more than 55 destinations, connecting Central America and the Caribbean with the Tampa community.”

However, the new MAX9, 166-seat plane elevates the airline’s existing fleet with spacious and luxurious seats and technology.

The business class cabin, dubbed the Business Class Dream, has lie-flat seats, 16-inch touch screens, remotes, USB ports and more space for storage.

Copa also introduced a new section for the economy class that has 24 seats that offer more legroom, touch screens and USB ports as well.

Additionally, its engineering is even more superb as it has a new LEAP-18 engine, which makes it 40 percent quieter and one of the most advanced in the world.

This MAX9 represents a big change for the airline, which will be used on the longest routes of Copa’s network of its 80 destinations.

“It actually allows us to reach other corners of the continent and continue to promote Panama as the top destination,” Leyton said.

Copa will add four more MAX9 planes between October and December, eight more in 2019 and an additional nine in 2020. The total number will grow to 71 in the coming years.

He said aircraft is going to also fly to San Francisco in early 2019.

By   – Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal

For more photos  please see https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2018/09/21/copa-airlines-lands-first-international-flight.

 

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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