Members present: Tim Baker, Peter Belmont, Allan Brockway, Tim Clemmons, John Harte, Marilyn Olsen, Joe Pugliano, Sydni Ann Shollenberger, Marie Stirling
Members absent: Dick Freeburg, Walter Hall, Mike Johnson
Guest: Paul Chiavacci
The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) Board of Directors met at The UPS Store on 2nd Street South in downtown St. Petersburg, on Wednesday, September 12, 2007. Tim Baker called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.
Allan Brockway presented the treasurer’s report. Number of paid members is 135; balance in the bank is $1,945.05.
Tim Baker announced the next general meeting scheduled as a City Council Candidates’ Forum on Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m. in the Sunshine Center, 5th Avenue and 4th Street North.
The group discussed the subject of redesignating Al Lang Field as park zoning under the CityÕs new land development regulations. The consensus was that Tim Baker and Marilyn Olsen would discuss with City Council members the introduction of a motion to that effect by a member of Council.
Tim Clemmons and Peter Belmont led a discussion on the appropriate approach by DNA to the appeal by the Westin Hotel developers scheduled before City Council on October 4, 2007. The consensus was to authorize Belmont and Clemmons to discuss with representatives of the developer and officials of the Old Northeast Neighborhood Association, which has also opposed the two previous proposals set forth by the Westin Group, significant modifications to the design and scale of the project. The Environmental Development Commission has twice turned down proposals for the Westin Development at the corner of 1st Street and 5th Avenue North, leading the developer to appeal the decision to City Council.
The two board members will report to fellow DNA board members before the end of September on what they have been able to achieve in the discussions and negotiations and, at that time, board members will be asked to vote on the best course of action to follow at the October 4 City Council appeal.
John Harte, chair of the Tree Committee, reported on new trees planted by the city at the Mirror Lake shuffleboard complex and at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Guest Paul Chiavacci raised questions regarding cleanup of a public alley. He was given names and contact information for city staff and an official at a company owning property abutting the alley.
A brief discussion of possible fundraisers ensued. Among possibilities discussed were a chili cook-off and a shuffleboard tournament, possibly between all the neighborhood associations in the City, with prospective co-sponsorship by CONA and the City of St. Petersburg.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:59 p.m.
Treasurer’s reports and approved minutes are posted on the DNA website in the Archives section.
Sydni Ann Shollenberger, APR
Downtown Neighborhood Association