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You don’t want to miss this. Today, Sept 21st, 2019 is FREE Museum Day in St. Pete!! 
The following museums are offering free or discounted admissions. Please check with the museums for hours & discounts.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast
Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Avenue
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue
The James Museum, 150 Central Avenue
Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street South
The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Boulevard (Free admission for Pinellas County residents with ID only)

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

Thank you to all that presented and attended the Economic Development Forum held by the Pinellas Realtor Organization and the Pinellas International Council on June 11th. Great appreciation goes to St Pete City Council Members Brandi Gabbard Kunard, Alan DeLisle and Rob Gerdes as well as Tampa International Airport representative Danny Cooper for such an informative presentation. We would also like to thank our Pinellas Realtor Affiliate sponsors Christine Washick and Tommy Rex both from Affordable Lock and Vladimir Larivaud from Title & Abstract Agency.

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/

Nationwide existing-home sales increased in October after six straight months of decreases according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Closed Sales for Single Family were up 8.8%, with 1,121 in October 2018 versus 1,030 in October 2017. Dollar Volume for Single Family Homes saw a 17.7.0% increase from $306.3 million
in October 2017 to $360.6 million in 2018. Dollar Volume for Townhome/Condo increased 30.1% year-over-year, with $134.5 million in October 2017 compared to $175.1 million in October 2018.

The Median Sale Price for Single Family Homes was up by 13.3% from last year, at $259,900 for October 2018 versus $229,450 for October 2017. The Median Sale Price for Townhomes/Condos was $162,750 for October 2018, up 8.6% from
$149,900 in October 2017.
The Average Sale Price for Single Family Homes rose 8.2% from $297,387 in October 2017 to $321,704 in October 2018. The Median Time to Contract for Single Family Homes was 30 days in October 2018, down 3.2% from 31 days last October. The Median Time to Sale for Single Family Homes was 68 days this October, down 10.5%
from 76 days last October. The Months Supply of Inventory for Single Family Homes increased 11.5% year-over-year, with a 2.9 Month Supply this October, as compared to a 2.6 Month Supply in October 2017.
New Listings for Single Family for October 2018 were 1,433, up 9.2% from October 2017 at 1,312. The Active Listings for Single Family Homes rose 9.9% from 2,985 in October 2017 to 3,280 in October 2018. Paid in Cash sales for Single Family increased 10.3%, from 301 in October 2017 to 332 in October 2018.

The Average Sale Price for Townhome/Condo was $248,653 in October 2018, up 20.0% from $207,280 in October 2017. The Median Time to Contract for Townhome/Condo market was 29 days in October 2018, down 14.7% from 34 days October 2017. The Median Time to Sale for Townhome/Condo market was 68 days in October 2018 and 75 days in October 2017, down 9.3%. The Months Supply of Inventory for Townhome/Condo
rose 7.1% at 3.0 months in October 2018 from 2.8 months in October 2017. New Listings for Townhome/Condos for October 2018 were at 942, up 9.4% from 861 in October 2017. Active Listings for Townhomes/Condos were up 5.6% from 2,111 in October 2017 to 2,230 in October 2018. Closed Sales for the Townhome/Condo segment increased 8.5% year-over-year, at 649 in October 2017 versus 704 in October 2018. Paid in Cash sales for
Townhome/Condo increased 3.9%, from 361 in October 2017 to 375 in October 2018.

Representing almost 8,000 members, the Pinellas Realtor® Organization is one of the Tampa Bay area’s largest professional trade associations. The organization advances and promotes the real estate profession through professional development programs, government affairs, and political advocacy and maintains a high standard of conduct by real estate professionals through professional standards training and administration.

Oct 2018 Stats

Source: Florida Realtors

Oct 2018 Monthly Stats

For more information on these stats, home buying or home selling in the St Pete to Clearwater area, please feel free to contact me. Thanks so much.

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.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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