Council of Neighborhood Associations

Friday, December 16, 2005

December Message

THANK YOU to the neighborhood activists around town who made St. Petersburg a better place in hundreds of ways during 2005. We had a good year on a variety of fronts. The City adopted the Green Cities program and is finished auditing how many sustainable or smart practices we are doing. We should see several changes in 2006 as the city starts implementing the plan. Pinellas County government and the City of Tampa are both discussing implementing this same Green Cities program.

The December meeting will include a proposal from the Court Watch group to become a committee of CONA. I attended a meeting this week with the organizers and was very impressed. This group works with the police and state attorney’s office and gets repeat offenders off the streets of our community. Details will be available at the meeting. I am hopeful that a stronger court watch system combined with a system of neighborhood associations working together on crime issues will make a real difference.

CONA is planning the biggest project we have ever attempted: Pinellas Living Green Expo is an environmental educational event for sharing ideas, resources and information with individuals and the business community that will promote sustainable living through energy efficiency, renewable energy and the conservation of water, energy and land resources. We will need many volunteers in planning and helping put on the event on the weekend of 6/17/2006. We expect to have 70 booths with information and products ranging from efficient lighting to very efficient houses. Please join in and help us, help our community.

I hope you enjoy your holidays, spend time with your family and recharge your “batteries” as we prepare for an even better 2006.