Urban Porch Parties, the SPDNA Sunshine Awards, our Tour of Homes, the latest updates on city projects that affect downtown St. Petersburg and so much more – it’s time to get involved!

Here’s what we do…

The St. Petersburg Downtown Neighborhood Association provides a collective voice to City residents on the issues that matter to us all. Through social networking activities, we are able to meet our neighbors, share ideas and focus on issues that affect quality of life and economic development. Members are able to stay in touch with the neighborhood issues that matter to them most.


SPDNA throws porch parties with a twist. From homes, to high rises, to local businesses…each porch party has its own unique experience. We make the most of our downtown neighborhood by selecting a unique “porch”, a compelling speaker and delicious food.


Our meetings give you the opportunity to hear information that affects our community first hand. Council members, the St. Petersburg Police Department, mayors, developers and community leaders are among those who speak at our meetings and answer your questions. Learn how you can become part of the solution.


From events that showcase our local businesses and talent to fundraising for non-profits, SPDNA gets involved with the community. Our downtown neighborhood offers a range of involvement opportunities from park clean up to arts initiatives.

Check out the current Clean Waterways Project.


The Sunshine Awards recognizes individual people, places, and organizations that help make downtown St. Pete a world-class destination for living, working, and playing. Community participation was huge with over 1900 votes received. Our first event was emceed by multi-Emmy winning television actor and host, downtown St. Pete resident Jerry Penacoli.


The Pier and Downtown Waterfront Master Plan are two of many civic initiatives that impact our neighborhood. SPDNA provides resources to get involved through our meeting speakers and information on city meetings affecting these and other areas of interest for our neighborhood.


The tour of homes is an annual affair celebrating the rare and exceptional spaces of downtown St. Petersburg residents. Past tours have included homes in Snell Arcade, Parkshore Plaza, McNulty Lofts and Signature Place.

SPDNA Vision

As the cultural, civic and entertainment epicenter of St. Petersburg, what happens downtown often affects the entire city. With one of the country’s largest waterfront park systems to one-of-a-kind museum collections, downtown’s many assets have brought the city international recognition along with high demand. A highly-walkable mix of residential and business have also made the downtown neighborhood, along with surrounding communities, a highly desirable place to live, work and play. It is our goal to maintain and enhance downtown’s quality of life by strengthening the connection and collaboration between government, commerce and residents through advocacy, social interaction and information.

SPDNA Timeline

1993 Mirror Lake Neighborhood Association Formed

1999 Mirror Lake Neighborhood Association becomes Inactive

May 1999 Tim Clemmons becomes President of NoDo

May 12, 1999 North Downtown (NoDo) Neighborhood Association Forms

June 1999 NoDo Neighborhood Association puts out First Newsletter

May 2000 Merger Proposed for NoDo and University Park Neighborhood…

May 2000 NoDo adopted the Vision Statement

2002 Tim Baker becomes President

January 2004 The Downtown Neighborhood Association was created with the…

2005 SPDNA is Influential in Development and Community Advancement

2009 Waterfront Development Vision Statement is written under President Marilyn…

2009 SPDNA expanded to current boundaries

October 2009 First SPDNA Urban Porch Party

October 2010 SPDNA adopted the Downtown Waterfront Vision Statement

2013 Tour of Homes and Sunshine Awards begin under President Gary…

2015 Al Scafati is elected President

2016 Clean Waterways Project is launched.

2017 Gina Driscoll is elected President

2018 Matthew Weidner is elected President