Council of Neighborhood Associations

Monday, January 08, 2007

January 07 Message

Welcome neighbors. 2007 is going to be a spectacular year for CONA. As I keep telling everyone, we are a new CONA and our # 1 charter is to work hand in hand with city staff, all neighborhood associations city-wide and all our wonderful residents. We will do our very best to better represent the interests of the neighborhoods of St. Petersburg. We all want the same thing – to make St. Petersburg even better ! ! !

First, let’s take a moment to thank some very special people who worked so hard to help us meet our goals for 2006. Karl Nurse, thank you for leading us. Tom Killian, thank you for mentoring us. Annie McWilliams, thank you for keeping us solvent. Conrad Weiser, thank you for documenting us so meticulously. Ingrid Comberg and Patricia Guaveia, thank you for training our future leaders. Steve Plice, thank you for PLGE. Mo Eppley, thank you for making our newsletter, website and pamphlets look great. CONA members, thank you for making these successes possible. There is not enough space to individually list everyone’s names. To all who worked so hard to make 2006 the success it was, we say

THANK YOU, THANK YOU,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU ! ! !

Your CONA officers have been busy over the holidays working with City Staff on a number of projects. We hope to have a Neighborhood Retreat set up within the next two months for all Association Presidents to attend to discuss their concerns. We know you have a number of “hot” issues that need more than just a 90 minute discussion at our CONA meeting. Look for an update and an invitation very soon.

Each month we are inviting our City Departments to give a brief presentation of just what they do and then take
questions from the audience. We will start with Julie Weston, Development Services. With the new LDR’s in March, there are a lot of questions. As in the past, we also hope to regularly see our City Council members, County Commissioners and other elected officials at our meetings.

2007 is going to be busy. We need YOUR help and participation to represent YOU. It was only a few years ago when our US President was decided by a few towns in Florida. Time Magazine just named YOU the most influentialperson of 2006. YOUR attendance matters. The issues CONA focuses on and the work CONA does is decided by YOU. Help support YOUR neighborhood at CONA this year by voicing YOUR concerns. Do not miss this opportunity to be heard. Remember, the third Wednesday of each month is YOUR CONA time. Make it in red on your calendar.

See YOU at the next CONA meeting.

Please join in “working together for a better St. Petersburg.”

Barbara Heck
CONA 2007 President

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