The Downtown Neighborhood Association Board of Directors met on March 12, 2009, in the meeting room at the Florencia. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by Marilyn Olsen, president
Present, in addition to Ms. Olsen, were Timothy J. Baker (secretary), Allan Brockway (treasurer), Richard Freeburg, Sydni Shollenberer, John Harte, Peter Belmont and Joe Pugliano.
Minutes – Minutes from the previous board meeting, which had been distributed by e-mail, were accepted as written.
Treasurer’s Report – The report, which had previously been posted on the association web site at stpetedna.org, was accepted as presented.
Newsletter – Mr. Baker reported that the newsletter for April was ready for distribution. After some discussion, it was decided that about 1,000 copies should be distributed. This number would cover the regular association mailing list, plus about 500 additional.
Boat ramps – The City of St. Petersburg via a letter to Ms. Olsen asked for DNA suppport of an application for grant money to make repairs to various city boat ramps, including the one at Demens Landing, which is within the Downtown area. Mr. Brockway moved to approve the request. Mr. Harte seconded the motion and it was passed unanimously.
Temporary parking lots Ð DNA for several years has been seeking better enforcement of code violations that are obvious at various temporary parking lots Downtown, and also has sought changes in the rules that govern such lots. Ms. Olsen updated the board on this issue. The administration is working on new proposals for temporary lots and will soon present various options to the City Council at a workshop. Ms. Olsen has written a letter to the city outlining the DNA position, which is that such lots should not be allowed in the residential portions of Downtown.
City election – Mr. Baker suggested that DNA ask a list of questions of each candidate for Mayor, and then post the answers on our web site, and summarize them in our newsletter. After some discussion, it was agreed that Mr. Brockway would send an email to the membership asking the members to suggest questions for the candidates. A committee of Mr. Baker, Ms. Shollenberger and Mr. Freeburg was enlisted to sort through the questions and choose those that will be submitted to the candidates.
Florida Neighborhood Conference – The statewide neighborhood conference will take place in July. DNA has agreed to host about 40 attendees, which will include giving a tour of the neighborhood and providing dinner. Planning for this continues.
Centennial Update – Mr. Belmont updated the board on the work of the ad hoc committee that has been put together under the auspices of St. Petersburg Preservation Inc. to celebrate the Centennial of the first Downtown waterfront parks.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Timothy J. Baker
March 16, 2009