The Downtown Neighborhood Associaiton held its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 14, at the Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street N.
Election of Board: The first order of business was the election of a new board for 2010. Prior to the meeting, 11 members had been nominated for the 12 open seats. The nominees included incumbents Allan Brockway, Joe Pugliano, Marie Stirling, Marilyn Olsen, Michael Johnson, Peter Belmont, Marlys Meckler, Sydni Shollenberger and Timothy J. Baker. In addition, John Belovitz and Gary Grooms were on the ballot. When nominations were opened to the floor, one more nomination ? Robert Colestri ? was made. Nominations were closed and all 12 nominees were elected.
Guest Speaker ? JoAnn Urofsky, general manager of WUSF Public Broadcasting, was schedule to speak, but was unable to appear due to a conflict. In her place, WUSF Station Manager Tom Dollenmayer was the guest. He outlilned the various ways in which the University of South Florida’s media outlets are expanding their reach to the public. He noted that the television station is now working on a documentary about St. Petersburg.
Council Update ? Also speaking was City Council Chair Leslie Curran, whose district includes a portion of Downtown. She updated the association on the effort to lease Al Lang stadium to a private baseball operation, and various other items. She took time to answer numerous questions from the audience about the Pier and other topics.
The meeting was adjourned at about 8:15 p.m.
Timothy J. Baker
Downtown Neighborhood Association