Census estimates St. Petersburg lost population from 2008 to 2009
By Jamal Thalji, Times Staff Writer, June 23, 2010
“A shrinking city is not a prosperous city, some experts say. Those numbers give them reason to fear for St. Petersburg’s future.”
“St. Petersburg joins such economically hard-hit Rust Belt cities as Flint, Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit — cities that led the nation in population loss from 2008 to 2009, according to U.S. census estimates.”
“It isn’t a good sign for any area to be losing population,” said Florida economist Hank Fishkind. “It erodes the demand for all goods and services.”
Interesting: ENTIRE grant budget for Social Services is limited to HOMELESS PEOPLE.
Sent: 5/27/2010 9:13:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: [CONAnews] SOCIAL SERVICE GRANTS AVAILABLE
CONTACT: Rhonda Abbott, Manager of Veteran, Social & Veteran Services, 727-893-7627
IT IS TIME TO APPLY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES GRANTS FROM THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg (May 21, 2010) – Social service agencies may now apply for $338,000 in grants from the city of St. Petersburg. Grant applications are due Monday, June 21st by 4 p.m. and are available online at http://www.stpete.org/socialservices/social_action_funding.asp .
Priorities for funding will be limited to social service programs that provide homeless prevention services and/or services to homeless individuals and families. Proposals seeking match funding will receive higher consideration.
Grant awards will not be offered to agencies requesting less than $10,000 or more than $40,000. An agency can request funding for more than one program, but the total request cannot exceed $40,000. Agencies may submit only one application.
A Bidders/Technical Assistance Workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 1 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 100 at St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. It is requested that the organizations download the application and guidelines found on the website to bring to the workshop.
Last year, the city allocated social services grants to 20 organizations in the community.
Citizens PUNISHED for conserving water! OxyMoron!
For 40 years a water shortage has been declared.
Citizens are required to minimize usage — ticketed and fined.
Now they are being “punished” with a rate increase:
because they are not using enough water!
Tampa Bay Water wants to increase rates 8 percent
By Craig Pittman, St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer, March 19, 2010
Tampa Bay Water wants to boost rates by $1.20 a month for an average household that uses 8,000 gallons of water, according to budget figures released Thursday. The 8 percent rate increase proposal comes amid declining water usage in the region. The wholesale utility serving Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties has seen demand for its product drop 13 million gallons a day over the past year, due to lawn-sprinkling restrictions, heavy rainfall and the tanking Florida economy. Tampa Bay Water general manager Gerald Seeber said he doesn’t expect anyone to be happy about seeing a rate hike right now. “Nobody wants to have to pay more for less,” he said.
It Helps to Know Rules, Jurisdiction
Monday after daylight saving time change, at 7:15 a.m. I was adjusting my sprinkler system. A small white car drove by, and the driver smiled and waved to me. I saw Water Resources, City of St. Petersburg on it. A few minutes later he drove by again and smiled. I was surprised a few days later to receive a citation for watering on the wrong day — a minimum fine of $175 plus court costs. Wrongfully!
My residence is in unincorporated county, not in St. Petersburg. By county regulations my system was on the right day at the correct time. On the phone, we were told that a notice of violation meant our address fell within city limits. Finally it was corrected.
This could have all been avoided if the inspector had stopped and I could have told him he was out of his jurisdiction. A good map and knowing where he was would have helped!
I will never support the idea of being annexed by the city of St. Petersburg.
George Lear, Pinellas County
(St. Petersburg TIMES, 11/15/09, page 2, Neighborhood Times.)
Arithmetic, Population, and Energy
Dr. Albert A. Bartlett’s lecture on “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy,” demonstrates the fallacy of ‘sustainable growth’ thinking and consequences of such thinking.
Who we should be looking for in government positions from local, to state to national would be people who understand issues such as we have just seen in these videos and know that we have challenges that need to be met with solid, rational solutions. The days of fairy tales in politics should be over.
now this is fascinating–bigger city, less crime. . .
To: concerned citizen
Sent: 8/5/2009 5:21:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: My Plan to Address Increase in Crime
As reported in today’s Times, “Crime still climbing in St. Petersburg. Reported crime rose 9 percent, according to St. Petersburg Police Department statistics, compared with the first six months of 2008.” This serious community problem persists even though the city has reached the budgeted maximum number of police officers.
I believe we need more officers, and under my administration they will be visible in our communities.
The ratio of police to population in Tampa is 3 police officers for every 1,000 citizens. In St. Petersburg it’s 2.14 officers per 1,000 citizens. St. Petersburg would need an additional 210 officers to reach the same ratio as Tampa. Although reaching the Tampa ratio is beyond the city’s budget ability, we should have a goal of 100 additional police officers to come to 2.54 officers per 1,000 citizens (the national average) to better address St. Pete’s growing crime problems.
My goal, over the next four years, is to add 100 additional police officers on the streets of St. Petersburg. Fortunately, approximately ten will be paid for with Federal Stimulus money. Here’s how we’ll pay for the rest:
Through performance audits we will find waste and re-prioritize $1.5 million of current expenses each year and,
We will invest from ½ of 1% the first year to 3% the last year of the city’s $286 million reserve funds.
I believe the public is willing to invest a small percentage of the city’s reserve funds to make St. Petersburg neighborhoods safe and secure.
Crime is not just a public safety issue; it’s an economic development issue. High crime rates have a detrimental impact on all elements of a thriving, successful city, from tourism to job creation. The drive to end crime in St Petersburg will absolutely be the number 1, 2 and 3 priority of my administration when I am elected as the next Mayor of St Petersburg. Give me your comments
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another nail in the coffin of public perception