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Board Members present: Peter Belmont, Allan Brockway, Tim Clemmons, Richard Freeburg, John Harte, Mike Johnson, Marilyn Olsen, Joe Pugliano, Sydni Ann Shollenberger, Marie Stirling.

Members absent: Tim Baker, Gene Ormond.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) held the second general membership meeting of 2008 on Thursday, April 17, 2008, at the Sunshine Center, 350 5th Street North, St. Petersburg. President Marilyn Olsen called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

After President Olsen’s welcome, Sydni Shollenberger, Secretary, read the minutes of the January 10, 2008, general membership meeting, copies of which were also available at the materials table in the auditorium. The minutes were approved as presented.

Treasurer Allan Brockway reported a record DNA membership of 163 as of March 31, 2008. Three non-members in the audience asked for membership applications that were also available on the materials table. The checking balance at the end of March was $3,142.91.

President Olsen then introduced the architectural and design team for the new Salvador Dali Museum, expected to break ground in November, 2008. Hank Hine, the Dali Museum executive director, and the architectural team provided a Power Point presentation with artist’s renderings of the proposed museum structure and site plan and responded to questions from the audience.

President Olsen introduced Peter Belmont, a DNA board member and director of St. Petersburg Preservation Inc. (SPPI) who presented a short infomercial on upcoming projects and events of SPPI, including guided walks of St. Petersburg’s historic neighborhoods and awards for outstanding renovations that preserve the appearance of historic homes and buildings.

President Olsen then introduced Mark Johnson, executive director of the Saturday Market, who spoke about the history of the market, its extraordinary success in achieving over 100 vendors, plus a waiting list of prospective vendors, and an average attendance at the October ? May weekly event of over 5,000 people.

He also talked about prospective new locations for the market, ones that would accommodate more vendors and customers in a pedestrian-friendly area close to parking. When the market reopens in October, Mr. Johnson said he expected it to be in a new location downtown, very likely on the Al Lang Field site, at least for the 2008-2009 market season.

Following a question and answer session, President Olsen adjourned the meeting at 8:47 p.m.

The next DNA board of directors meeting is set for May 8, 2008, and the next general membership meeting will take place in July 2008.

Respectfully submitted,

Sydni Ann Shollenberger, APR
Downtown Neighborhood Association

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