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The Downtown Neighborhood Association held its membership meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, at the Sunshine Center.

By a unanimous vote, the most recent minutes and treasurer’s reports were approved as posted on the association web site, www.stpetedna.org.

Guest Speaker – The guest of the evening was Dr. Robert Marbut, the founding chief executive officer of Haven for Hope, San Antonio, Texas, and a consultant on the homeless to Pinellas County. The goal of Haven for Hope is to provide temporary shelter for the homeless, but also to provide them with the means to return to society in the longer term.

Dr. Marbut is working with Pinellas County on those same goals, and reported on progress so far in 2011.

Waterfront Goals – In June, several members of DNA made presentations to the City Council on the vision plan that DNA has adopted for the Downtown Waterfront, and hopes to have implemented as official city policy. The presentations were repeated at this meeting for the membership.

President’s Report – President Marilyn Olsen reported that the city has federal grant money to install ten charging stations for electric vehicles, and would be moving forward soon on that project. She also announced that the association’s next Urban Porch Party would be on August 10 at the Sage. Mark Johnson of the Saturday Morning Market will be the guest speaker at that event.

Submittted by

Timothy J. Baker

DNA secretary

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