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The Pier continues to take shape in the Sunshine City. On May 31, the city received a permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on the project. City Council Chair Darden Rice said, “With this permit in hand, the next stage of important work begins on our new St. Petersburg Pier. This is one of many critical steps to ensure the pier will be built in a sound way compatible with lessened impacts on the bay.”

On June 28, at 9am, the City St. Pete leaders, citizens, and members of the Pier design will break ground on the new St. Pete Pier and Pier District. The event takes place on the north side of the Pier Approach, in front of Spa Beach.

http://ilovetheburg.com/city-prepares-to-break-ground-on-pier/

Pier to have major economic impact

Earlier in May, Lambert Advisory, an economic advisory service firm contracted by the City of St. Pete, completed an economic and fiscal impact analysis for the new Pier District. Their findings revealed a direct economic impact of $80 million — a complete return on investment in the first year of operation.

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The report also showed an estimated $15 million in annual hotel expenditures, 1,080 additional full-time equivalent Pinellas County jobs, and approximately $935,000 in annual bed tax revenue.

I am thrilled that the new St. Petersburg Pier District will not only be a world-class destination for residents and for visitors from around the world, but that it will also have such a strong economic impact. It will bring jobs as well as millions in revenue from tourism, food and beverage, and bed taxes.

– Mayor Rick Kriseman

Methodology for this study compared financial impact of other major Piers in the U.S. as well as outside the U.S. It also assessed the economic impact on the local economy of ongoing Pier operations and visits to the park by both local and out-of-area visitors.

Project is underway with $50 million budget

The Pier is underway with a budget of $50 million. The budget was approved by City Council in 2005 and in addition to construction includes all demolition, permitting, development and design fees.

The design team, a partnership between ASD Architects, Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers and Ken Smith Landscape Architects, created a Pier District that includes space for restaurants, retail, fishing and more.

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Event plaza, splash pad, open air market and more

This pier will feature space for open air markets, a fishing deck with a bait shop, restaurants, and a signature art element. There will also be children’s play equipment, a picnic area and family park, and a plaza with a tiled lawn.

You can see a full overview of the Pier plan online.

from http://ilovetheburg.com/city-prepares-to-break-ground-on-pier/

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A few weeks ago, after attending a Pinellas International Council event, I stopped in at the Train Station. I have loved this building since moving to St Pete 11 years ago and am so happy that it is being used for such great things.

I absolutely love this quote from Keep St Pete Lit’s website, “Do you read? Do you write? Do you live in or around St. Petersburg? Well then, welcome to Keep St. Pete Lit, where we celebrate and promote the area’s literary community. Whether you’re a writer, a reader or just love the arts, we want you to help us Keep St. Pete Lit. Read and Write on, my friend!” I come from a family of writers, avid book readers, former book reps and bookstore managers. My biggest moving expense is always books & records!

Keep St. Pete Lit wants to instill a love of reading, writing and storytelling in all  generations in the Sunshine City but now has special programs for the younger generations. Keep St. Pete wants to help children find their creative gifts with a new week-long summer camp.

The organizers behind the camp want to ensure that this opportunity is open to all children and families interested. So Keep St. Pete Lit is offering two Creative Writing Summer Camp tuition-free for low income families at the Morean Center for Clay.

They’re accepting 15 students each week ages 9-12. To help cover the cost of teacher’s salaries, supplies and rent, KSPL launched an online fundraising campaign. So far, they’ve raised $745 of a total $3,000 goal. A $100 donation sponsors one child.

The first camp runs from July 17-21, the second runs from July 24-28 at the Morean Center for Clay (420 22nd Street South). The creative writing workshop sessions begin at 9:30am and end at 12:30pm each day. To learn more visit  http://keepstpetelit.org/

Recent updates for the new St. Pete Pier! We have been without our iconic pier since May 2013. The St. Petersburg Pier was a 5 story inverted pyramid and a destination for both tourists & locals since it was constructed in 1973. It stretched from downtown St. Petersburg out into the the Tampa Bay. We had restaurants, local shops, fishing, pelican feeding, dolphin boat tours, pirate boat rides, boat rentals, the Pier Aquarium, a floating wedding chapel & a fantastic view from the glass elevators & the fifth floor of downtown & the Tampa Bay. It was always a nice walk with lots of activities going on. I miss it & I miss being able to take friends & family to THE PIER when they visited.

The original pier was built in 1889 by the Orange Belt Railway. It was extremely popular immediately. In 1906 the Electric Pier was a place for the trolley & steamships. So HOPEFULLY, we will soon have a pier here in St Pete again.

Here’s the latest video: ‘St. Pete In Progress’, featuring Mayor Rick Kriseman and author and city expert Peter Kageyama, is a monthly look at exciting projects and plans that are in-progress.

Starting off on Friday, March 31st 7-9pm -2157 !st Ave S, St Petersburg, FLORIDA

Funky Film and Flea Market at Black Crow Coffee Roasting
Shop at Black Crow Coffee Roasting & watch a class B movie. The Night BoHo Market will have booths set up for local vendors including St. Pete Ferments, 9 Lamps, Anchor Skate Supply, Black Moth Candle Company, Bluebird Books & more.  The B-movie classic is Jesse James and Frankenstein’s Daughter. Urban Brew & BBQ will be serving food.

Saturday, April 1st

Tampa Bay Rays Kids Pep Rally at Tropicana Field 10am-1pm
Attend the Kids Pep Rally, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company. Free gift for all kids 14 and under. Family oriented entertainers & games, plus kids get to run the bases at Tropicana. Hot cool is that?!?!

Tiny Home Festival at St. Pete Eco Village  10am-6pm 302 15th St N
Learn about the Tiny Home & see some tiny homes. Learn from experts who have studied & made the transition to tiny living. For me-my tiny home is going to have to be on or near the water for it to work.

St. Pete Indie Market in the EDGE District 11am-4pm. 1133 Baum Avenue North.
Local vendors in the Burg gather on Baum Avenue between 10th & 11th Streets N outside of Green Bench Brewing.  Fine art, skateboards, cards, candles, vintage items, furniture, & much more.

Orchid Lei Making Class at Museum of Fine Arts 11am-noon 255 Beach Dr NE
Leis are associated with the graciousness of Hawaii. The MFA, in honor of Art in Bloom, invites you to make your very own orchid lei. Classes are limited to 30 individuals, ages 7 and older. All supplies included. $20 for MFA members, $30 for non-members. Must register in advance.

Feast with the Beasts at Lowry Park Zoo Saturday & Sunday 4-9pm, 1101 West Sligh Ave, 
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is hosting its brand-new food, spirits & wine fundraising festival, Feast with the Beasts! Unlimited sips & bites from restaurants in Tampa among the dinosaurs & live entertainment. Help save animals.
Tampa Bay Rowdies vs Toronto FC II 7:30pm Al Lang Stadium, 230 1st St SE
“Pack the stadium and help show support our local soccer squad as they make the push to join Major League Soccer!” so sayth the Rowdies
Sunday, April 2nd Opening Day for Baseball 
The Rays regular season begins this Sunday at Tropicana Field against the New York Yankees. Support your team!

 

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PROFARM Neighborhood Advocates
Q4 2016 Stats (March 2017)

Greetings!

Florida Realtors® recently released the 2016 fourth quarter (October through December) real estate market statistics for the state. I wanted to give you an overview of how our area is performing.

The single family homes real estate markets in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties finished out strong in 2016. Median Sale Price continued to rise through the end of the year in all three counties. Closed Sales in Hillsborough County were up and held about even in Pinellas and Pasco. Pinellas rebounded from being down in Quarter 3 of 2016 year-over-year in Closed Sales.

Inventory has shrunk year-over-year for the fourth quarter in Pinellas and Pasco, but Hillsborough is finally showing signs of an increase in Active Listings (Inventory). Median Days to Contract was down in the Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco markets, though the year-over-year margin started to soften in the fourth quarter of 2016.

As your local Realtor® and Neighborhood Advocate, I am your resource for data that affects our communities and your property value. Homeownership affordability and accessibility is a cornerstone of the Realtor® advocacy efforts at every level – local, state and national.

Here are some highlights from the Florida Realtors® Quarter 4 2016 Statistics Release for the Single Family Home Market Segment:

  • Closed Sales: Slightly up for Pinellas County; up for Hillsborough County and down only slightly for Pasco County for Quarter 4 2016 from Quarter 4 2015. This statistic is a good indicator of the overall health of the market, and successful closed sales mean a win-win for both buyers and sellers.
  • Pinellas County: 3,351 Closed Sales Q4 2016 vs. 3,271 Closed Sales Q4 2015, a 2.4% increase
  • Hillsborough County: 4,641 Closed Sales Q4 2016 vs. 4,225 Closed Sales Q4 2015, a 9.8% increase
  • Pasco County: 2,335 Closed Sales Q4 2016 vs. 2,340 Closed Sales Q4 2015, a 0.2% decrease
  • Median Sale Price: Up for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 4 2016 from Quarter 4 2015. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half the homes sold for less.
  • Pinellas County: $218,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2016 vs. $185,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2015, a 17.6% increase
  • Hillsborough County: $225,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2016 vs. $205,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2015, a 9.8% increase
  • Pasco County: $185,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2016 vs. $160,000 Median Sale Price Q4 2015, a 15.6% increase
  • Inventory (Active Listings): Down for Pinellas County and Pasco County and up just slightly for Hillsborough County for Quarter 4 2016 from Quarter 4 2015. When inventory is low, there are fewer houses on the market and buyers are often competing for homes or have a tougher time finding a home that suits their exact needs. Flexibility, planning and preparation are key to being able to make an offer on a home when you do find what you’re looking for.
  • Pinellas County: 3,288 Active Listings Q4 2016 vs. 3,317 Active Listings Q4 2015, down 0.9%
  • Hillsborough County: 4,382 Active Listings Q4 2016 vs. 4,364 Active Listings Q4 2015, up 0.4%
  • Pasco County: 2,217 Active Listings Q4 2016 vs. 2,491 Active Listings Q4 2015, down 11.0%
  • Median Days to Contract: Down for Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and Pasco County for Quarter 4 2016 from Quarter 4 2015. The midpoint of the number of days it took for a property to receive a sales contract during that time. The faster a home goes to contract, the less time it is on the market for sale. Another good indicator for sellers and a tool for buyers to understand how to reach their goals in a hot market.
  • Pinellas County: 29 Days Q4 2016 vs. 31 Days Q4 2015, a 6.5% decrease
  • Hillsborough County: 32 Days Q4 2016 vs. 39 Days Q4 2015, a 17.9% decrease
  • Pasco County: 30 Days Q4 2016 vs. 41 Days Q4 2015, a 26.8% decrease

Please don’t hesitate to email me at AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com or call me at 727-804-6566, if I can be of service. Thank you so much.
© 2017 Pinellas Realtor Organization

There is always a special kind of excitement in the weeks leading up to the race. Our city’s streets are turned into a 1.8 mile racetrack along the waterfront. The track has 14 turns and goes past the Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theatre, around Pioneer Park, along the waterfront past the St Petersburg Harbor & Marina and onto the runways of Albert Whitted Airport. The races include Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge, Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks, Indy Lights & Pro Mazda. It has been fun to walk down the middle of the downtown city streets with partial track walls closing in on both streets. I have lived here for 11 years now & I still find all of this so cool.

People come from all over the world to see this race. Some watch from the track stands, others watch from their boats, and some watch from their condos balconies. Of course, it will also be shown on national TV. I will go into the grounds on Friday where one can see the cars up close & sometimes even meet the drivers before or after their practice & qualifying runs.  On Sunday, I will be on the top floor of my parents’ condo building watching with great glee as the race speeds past the building on 2 sides with 2 hairpin turns. Yes, it IS noisy but oh, so awesome!

You can purchase tickets & get more info at  http://gpstpete.com/  in advance or at the gate.

I am so excited. After a long 58 year break, the St Petersburg Yacht Club Habana Sailing Race has been re-instated this year. The fleet of boats left the St Petersburg harbor this morning at 10am and will sail 284 nautical miles to arrive at the Hemingway Marina in Havana on Thursday, March 2nd. On Saturday there will a Nautical Parade & the Torreon de la Chorrera Regatta to Morro Castle.

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photo by Annalisa Weller July 2015

The Micara, a Cuban boat with all Cuban sailors, is among the 81 yachts & 550 sailors.

In 1929 George S. Gandy, Jr., a well known yachtsman and son of the builder of the first bridge across Tampa Bay, sailed his 36′ ketch Cynosure to Havana.  There he met with Commodore Rafael Posso of the Habana Yacht Club and the St. Petersburg-Habana yacht race was born.

The first race started off The Pier in St. Petersburg March 30, 1930 and finished at Morro Castle at the Habana harbor entrance. Eleven boats participated and was won by the schooner Haligonian owned by Houston Wall of Tampa.  The race was sailed over the same route from 1930 through 1959 with the exception of three years of World War II, when the race was cancelled, and 1958 when political conditions in Cuba required the fleet to go to Miami. The last race in 1959 race had 37 yachts participating.

Glad to see it back! Wishing you smooth sailing.

Please come join us this evening for networking, eating, drinking & visiting the Museum of Fine Arts at a reduced price. Held on the steps of the museum-right across the street from our Coastal Properties Group-Christie’s International Real Estate office on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. Last month, a great time was had by all.

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On Valentine’s Day,

You’ve given roses, flowers, balloons, candy & jewelry. Why not not give your sweetheart a diamond of a house for Valentine’s Day?

This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Shore Acres home in St Petersburg is all remodeled and ready for you to move in. I’ll even add a big red bow! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

https://www.trulia.com/property/3223754998-1766-Maryland-Ave-NE-Saint-Petersburg-FL-33703

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

(727) 804-6566
AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com

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