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On T he Riviera NEWSLETTER OF THE RIVIERA BAY CIVIC ASSOCIATION SINCE 1960

“It’s another great day in Riviera Bay!”

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e accomplished a lot in 2010 to make our Riviera Bay Civic neighborhood a paradise for all of us. By attending way-to-many meetings and voting/voicing our/ your concerns to the proper City, County, and State officials, and by personally volunteering, your fellow residents and Board members were able to have a new Boat Ramp installed, we sought and received grants that helped us to have several “record setting” Clean-up events, (we also helped other neighborhoods with their clean-ups) we distributed 7,800 newsletters at no charge to the neighborhood, we started a drainage improvement project on Riverside Drive and another on 89th Ave, we won $500 for having the Best N/A float in the Festival of States parade, we had 2 very successful Community Yard Sales, we “adopted” 83rd Ave N, we started an active Crime Watch group, we had several well-attended Social events and din-

ners, (donating food afterwards to local homeless shelters) and we ended 2010 with our long standing tradition of candle luminaries and a fantastic “record setting” Boat parade. We’ve set our standards pretty high after last year, but I know that when everybody works together on everything we have planned for 2011, we will exceed all expectations and will set the standards the mostest higherest everest. (Remember, the Prez can make up words if he or she needs to) A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all the Officers and Board members that made great decisions in 2010, to all of our Newsletter Delivery people that saved us a ton of money on postage, to all of our helpers before and after events that saved Donna and my sanity, and to our Christmas Eve candle helpers that helped to beautify the area during the holidays, and to anyone else that helped the RBCA to retain the title of T.B.N.I.A.O.S.P If you’d like to have a say in any vote about any neighborhood decision being made in 2011, please attend our meetings or email me your concerns. See Ya Next Time I Look At Ya, Prez Dave

NEXT GENERAL MEETING • THUR, JAN 27, at 7PM (Doors open at 6:30 for Pizza social)

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL, 250 78th AVE N AGENDA: Elections, Changes & Concerns for 2011 East on 76th Ave N, straight at Stop sign to 2nd left, then right into parking lot, park as far north as possible and enter C Bldg on the west side through the double door.


2011 RBCA EVENTS There may be some meeting dates and/or location change after the January general meeting. So please look for additional information in the March/April Newsletter.

JANUARY 27 - GENERAL MEETING Elections, Budget, Discuss 2011 Events, Grants, Festival of States Parade entry planning, Areas of concern or improvements, let us know what you think we need to work on.

Holy Family School, 250 78th Ave N

MARCH 4-6 - SPRING YARD SALE MARCH 17(?) Pre Canal Clean-up Mtg, Festival of States Parade pre-meeting Enter float - We are still recycling beads so bring them to the January meeting or drop by the Hoover house 163 87th Ave N. -

Low Tide Weekend

Post Canal Clean-up Mtg, Water Conservation, Energy Savings

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

Pre-Election

Christmas Eve Luminaries

Mayor Announces Noise Control Program

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n mid-November, Mayor Foster began a program designed to give citizens a way to deal with loud car stereo noise in their neighborhoods. The initiative, called Soft Letters, allows a citizen who has seen a car with one of those really loud, subwoofer-enhanced booming stereos to report the car tag, the car make and color, along with the date, time and place of the incident, directly to the Mayor’s office. The Mayor will then send out a so-called “soft letter,” a polite warning asking the car owner to be more courteous to those around him. The letter carries no fine or other punishment and is designed to act as a reminder that this behavior is anti-social, unsafe and unhealthy. In addition to being a distraction to the driver, the noise is destructive to the ear and has been shown to cause learning disabilities in very small children. It is also a hazard to emergency vehicles; their sirens cannot be heard at intersections over this kind of racket. This program began in Gulfport, Mississippi in 2006 and has had considerable success. Our own Gulfport is now doing it, as are Largo and Clearwater. Police chiefs believe it works because it puts the ‘boomer’ on notice that others are willing to take the time to report him, and also because this noise is often associated with drug dealing; the last thing a lot of the boomers want is attention from the police department. The program is all the more important now because the state’s car stereo law is under review by the courts. It may be two or more years before a final decision comes down; during that time both the state law and several sections of St. Petersburg’s city ordinance are not being enforced. If you see a loud car on the road, and if you can safely get the tag (Florida tags only), and if the noise is within the city limits of St. Petersburg, report the information to 8937201 or mayor@stpete.org. You can also contact noisefreeflorida@tampabay.rr.com for more information or if you wish to make a complaint anonymously.


RBCA “ADOPTED” 83RD AVE N 3rd Clean-Up – Saturday, Feb 26th

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eep Pinellas Beautiful has a road adoption program, and the RBCA has adopted 83rd Avenue N, east of 4th Street North to the San Martin Bridge. This program requires us to clean the area 4 times a year for the next 2 years.

We will meet at the front parking lot of the closed Rio Vista Elementary School just off 83rd Ave NE and Macoma Drive. The more volunteer’s we have, the less distance has to be covered by each person. We will give you all the supplies needed, and as usual, we won’t charge you anything at all for all that great exercise. Please call 727579-3644 to volunteer or just show up the day of the event. If you have a local business and are interested in sponsoring volunteer T-shirts with your advertisement or logo, call to discuss the details. Hope to see you there. __________________________________________________

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T These were just a few of the volunteers and just some of the trash we picked up, and the 2 containers of recycled material. We had 11 volunteers: David & Donna Hoover, Cyndy Justin Austin Glynn, Dave & Kim Kandz, Andrew Smith, Randi Langas, Ingrid Busselle & Casey Greenwood.

We completed our first clean-up on May 22nd in conjunction with our Annual Canal Cleanup, our 2nd clean-up on October 9th and now we are planning our 3rd Clean-Up Day for Saturday February 26th starting at 10:30 am till 12 noon.

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his year, because of our past clean-up efforts, the RBCA in addition to our yearly Canal Clean-up, has the option to help 3 other locations. All the details have not been worked out yet, but if all goes as planned, we will be looking for additional volunteers to do a clean-up at Weedon Island, to help North East Terrace a newly formed neighborhood just south of Holy Family which backs up to an additional portion of Weedon Island. The 4th location may be the area’s east of our canal system adjacent to 4th St at 97th Ave N (Tinney Creek) and 78th Ave N (Turner Creek) to try and prevent trash entering our canal systems or Sawgrass Lake which is the body of water that drains into our 78th Ave canal system. More details to follow in our March/April newsletter.


Spring RBCA Yard Sale MARCH 3rd, 4th & 5th

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t’s time once again to trade your unused stuff taking up your space for somebody else’s unused stuff that takes up even more of your space. We always have a great turnout for this event. Our Spring Yard Sale is set for March 3rd, 4th & 5th and no, you don’t have to have your sale all 3 days. The RBCA will advertise this event in the St Pete Times and the Flyer, as well as set up the large signs along 4th Street and 83rd Ave. We also have a few smaller directional signs to place inside the neighborhood, but any other signs (inside the neighborhood) directing traffic to your location are up to you. To have your location marked on the maps: 1.) You need to be a current RBCA member, membership runs Jan-Dec. 2.) Call me at 579-3644 and clearly leave a message with your name, address and phone number or email the info to daybugme2@yahoo.com. Remember, the RBCA signs are only put on streets where we know there are sales. If noone calls on your street, it will not be marked with any signs. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO DISTRIBUTE MAPS AND MAYBE SET UP SIGNS.

We have a very limited time to have all the maps printed, pick them up and separate them into packs of about 20 each, distribute those packs to each location throughout the entire neighborhood, put up all the big signs and attach some of the maps to them before it gets too dark. Marking a last minute sale location can get pretty hectic. (only those you may have set up). We will pickup all of the RBCA signs Sunday pm, weather permitting. It’s expensive enough to print 500 to 800 maps without having to pay to replace the 2 or 3 signs we lose every yard sale due to people “helping” us remove them. I hope everyone gets rid of or finds as many treasures as possible during the entire weekend. We will also try to get the Goodwill & Pinellas County Haz-Mat trailer in the parking lot at 8901 89th Ave N (if the building is still vacant) on the weekend of the yard sale. PS. As you go through your yard sale stuff, please keep in mind we are always looking to recycle your Gasparilla beads for our Festival of States Parade Float - call me and I’ll come pick them up.


RBCA 2010 Thanksgiving Dinner Great Success!

2010 Thank You

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e want to Thank everyone who helped out at all our events this year. The RBCA is a volunteer run and operated group. Without the volunteers who get involved with the board, general meetings, yard sales,

clean-ups, Easter Egg Hunt/Ice Cream Social, Festival of States Parade Float, Police and Fire Hero Appreciation/ Neighborhood Picnic, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Eve Boat Parade and Luminaries, none of this would be possible. We also want to Thank all the Businesses and Neighborhood

residents’ who have donated supplies or gifts to our many events. It is because of all of you that we can offer the RBCA neighborhood all of these events. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact me or any of the board members listed on the back page.


Christmas Eve Boat Parade O

n Christmas Eve, we conducted our annual RBCA Boat Parade, and a wonderful parade it was with lots of well-decorated boats. It was obvious that many people spent countless hours attaching lights to their boats and getting the decorations arranged in spectacular fashion. The weather was perfect and we had a moderate tide. About 25 or 26 boats made for a good parade. Noted photographer, Lee Stelling, was aboard the lead boat and shot some great photos. After navigating the basin, we proceeded down to the 83rd Ave bridge and made a “U” turn, heading for the mangrove turn into the neighborhood. We went up the canal, headed straight for the VanGelder homestead, at which time Sweet Pea was to lead the smaller boats down the short canal to the right, while everyone else circled the “box” canal just to the West. Well, as sometimes happens, people got confused and a number of boats lost parade form and had to catch up. All in all, it went pretty well and, after the Grand Canal, we paraded through the basin behind Treasure Lane NE. As a finale, most of the boats took a Left, up the small canal between Treasure Lane and 1st Ave. N.E. and went all the way up to the bridge by Jim Kenefick’s house. Jim had his sailboat decorated and it

sure looked good. We got rousing cheers for pressing on, all the way up and next year we will do more of the same. On all the canals, lots of residents made the investment in both time and effort, to host parties of family members, other neighbors, and friends. Next year, we will schedule the form up time at 6:00 P.M. and head into the 4th Street basin at 6:30 P.M. That seems to be a realistic schedule that will allow plenty of time to organize the parade, yet give participants a few extra minutes.


Christmas Eve Luminaries

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Speaking of next year, if I am chosen to once again, lead the parade, I am going to go down every one of the neighborhood canals, to the end. We will have two Captain’s meetings, in the month of December, before the parade, and we will issue maps of the route. I have never felt such a spirit of cooperation and neighborhood pride as I did Christmas Eve. Thank you . . . and Happy New Year to one and all!

e had a GREAT Christmas Eve Luminary display this year. A Big THANK YOU goes out to Marc & Carrie Plotnick, Nancy Haines, Heather Green and her crew, Terri Hammer, Debby-Lance & Crystal Obst, Matthew Spencer, Karen Smith, Kenny Turcotte, Kim Triplette, Sandy Mitchess, Mark & Julie O’Brien, Dawn Jones, Ingrid Busselle, Denise Spornraft & Diane Croft, Mike & Mary Reed, Karen Demario, Cyndy-Guy-Justin & Austin Glynn, Don Steer, Wendi Folkersen and her crew. This is not an easy job and some of our volunteers take on a large area. We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers for the candle routes to help split up the amount of homes one person has to handle. This is also a great way to meet your neighbors. I also want to Thank Jean Tyack, our Candle Chairperson for her many years of participation. This is a long standing tradition for the Riviera Bay Civic Association that we are very proud of. We actually have people from other

neighbrohoods drive through our area and comment on the beautiful display and want to know how to get their neighborhood to join in. If you are interested in helping us next year or know of another neighborhood or church that would like our assistance getting started, please call Jean at 5769300. _______________________________

Christmas Display Competition Next Year?

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f you were on 209 89th Ave NE on Christmas Eve, you would have seen the snow flying and a sound & light show that was hooked up to a computer by Brenda & Dave Padot. We have a video that will eventually make it to the www.RBCA.org website. Brenda says they will be trying something different next year, but hopes to have the snow machine again. Maybe we can get a judging committee formed and have a little competiton. I know there is a great display on 85th Ave N also that could win some prizes. Start thinking about your displays for next year.

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he Southwest Florida Water Management District is encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to “Skip a Week” of watering during the cooler months of January and February. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesn’t need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to threequarters of an inch of water every 1014 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, then you can turn off your irrigation system and operate it manually as needed. “Overwatering in the winter can encourage pests and disease in your lawn,” said Sylvia Durell, FloridaFriendly Landscaping project manager. Skipping a week of watering is as easy

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• Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on 30 percent of the lawn. • Grass blades are blue-gray. • Footprints remain on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it. Skipping a week of irrigation will help conserve drinking water supplies that the public needs for critical uses during the dry season. In fact, if everyone skipped one week of irrigation this season, it could save an estimated 1.7 billion gallons of water. In addition to entering the dry season, the region has experienced an extremely dry fall, with dry conditions expected to continue through next spring. All 16 counties within the District are under a Phase I water shortage alert. For additional information about water restrictions and water conservation, contact your local utility or visit the District’s web site at www.WaterMatters.org/skipaweek/. _______________________________

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founded Dog Tag Heroes in early 2010 as I am a widow of a Vietnam Veteran, whose death was service related. I have lived in St. Petersburg for thirty years, and owned and operated a maintenance business for 18 years before moving on to become a Volunteer Coordinator with a Pinellas County Hospice for over six years and one year as Director of Volunteer Services in Chattanooga, TN., until I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. I am now in remission going on two years, turning my energy to “Dog Tag Heroes� a 501c3 non-profit organization.

From first hand experience in caring for a veteran exposed to Agent Orange, with no help from any organizations, I understand the many struggles of veterans with medical problems and financial burdens. To make my loss meaningful, I have turned a negative into a positive by assisting veterans and active soldiers going through some of the same difficulties as my husband and to help alleviate their stress and or struggles by offering the programs listed on our website. Visit the website: www.dogtagheroes.org to see the great work that has been done already as well as volunteer opportunities. You can also email me at: kathy@dogtagheroes.org


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traight from St. Petersburg, the home of the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant, is your opportunity to help select the next Miss America! Cast a vote for our own Miss Florida, Jaclyn Raulerson now through January 13. You can cast your vote online, or text MAFL to 24470 (message & data rates may apply). Then, watch Jaclyn take the crown — live from Las Vegas — January 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Cast your vote at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYvoALiUJS8&sns=fb

Recycle Your Christmas Cards

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ach year 2.65 billion Holiday cards are made. Instead of throwing out your old holiday cards, consider gathering them, both from your homes and work places and help out St. Jude’s Ranch. Children at St. Jude’s earn money by creating new holiday cards from the old. Mail the cards to St. Jude’s Card Recycling, 100 St. Jude Street, P.O. Box 60100, Boulder City, NV 89006. If you would prefer, you can bring them to the RBCA January meeting and we will take care of it. _______________________________________________

Recycle Your Old Batteries

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on’t just throw your old batteries in the trash to end up in the landfill. We will have a collection bucket at each RBCA General Meeting to collect old batteries for recycling.


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David Hoover..................................579-3644 / daybugme2@yahoo.com Jean Corsetti..........................................576-1506 / jcorsetti@verizon.net Lori Intravichit...........................................................................576-2903 Lisa Touchton.............................. 576-8443 / lisatouchton@hotmail.com Sean Singh.......................................570-8458 - seanbsingh@gmail.com : Kathy Crow.............................................. 578-7649 / k4rnr@yahoo.com Pauline Foster.............................................................................576-1468 Jenny Healy...............................................................................576-2765 Donna Hoover.................................579-3644 / daybugme2@yahoo.com Eve Joy...................................941-981-9366 / evejoy33702@yahoo.com Dave Kandz..............................................642-8567 / dave@rbdigital.biz Roy O’Neil...........................................578-8754 / royoneil@verizon.net Andrew Smith...................813-453-3407 / andrewacs@tampabay.rr.com Donna Hoover.................................579-3644 / daybugme2@yahoo.com Lisa Touchton.............................. 576-8443 / lisatouchton@hotmail.com Missy Martino.....................................577-5500 / RBCAnews@aol.com Al Martino...........................................577-5500 / RBCAnews@aol.com

Pauline Foster .........................................................................576-1468 Jenny Healy .............................................................................576-2765 Donna & David Hoover................579-3644 / daybugme2@yahoo.com Jean Corsetti..........................................576-1506 / jcorsetti@verizon.net Lisa Touchton.......................... 576-8443 / lisatouchton@hotmail.com

Jean Tyack, Chairperson .........................................................576-9300 Donna Hoover...............................579-3644 / daybugme2@yahoo.com Lisa Touchton...........................576-8443 / lisatouchton@hotmail.com Hal Hammer ...................................576-5257 / hammer8314@aol.com

(locate any dept and phone number in the city) (For ongoing problems and response within 24 hours) .................................... Mayor@stpete.org / ....council@stpete.org / deborah.larson@stpete.org

David Hoover..................................579-3644 / daybugme2@yahoo.com David & Donna Hoover..................579-3644 / daybugme2@yahoo.com Alternate: Jean Corsetti........................576-1506 / jcorsetti@verizon.net

Eve Joy..........................................577-5254 / evejoy33702@yahoo.com Lance Obst................................................578-9718 - dobst@verizon.net Andrew Smith......................813-453-3407 / andrewacs@tapabay.rr.com Jason Touchton.............. 576-8443 / captainjason@seafarichartersfl.com Donna & David Hoover..................579-3644 / daybugme2@yahoo.com Debby Obst...............................................578-9718 - dobst@verizon.net Jean Corsetti.........................................576-1506 / jcorsetti@verizon.net Eve Joy..........................................577-5254 / evejoy33702@yahoo.com Lisa Touchton.............................. 576-8443 / lisatouchton@hotmail.com

Animal Control ..............................................................................582-2600 Chamber of Commerce ..................................................................821-4069 Codes Compliance..........................................................................893-7373 Curb, Street, Sidewalk Repair........................................................551-3151 Neighborhood Partnership..............................................................892-5141 Public Utilities................................................................................893-7761 Reclaimed Water.............................................................................892-5111 Sanitation........................................................................................893-7398 Sewer Repair..................................................................................893-7261 Street Light Outage.................................................................800-228-8485 Street Signs/Traffic Signals............................................................893-7421 Water Resources: ext. 0 .................................................................893-7261 Water and Navigation ....................................................................453-3385 (Dock permits, report Mangrove cutting, etc.) Weedon Island Preserve..................................................................453-6500

Dave Kandz..............................................642-8567 / dave@rbdigital.biz Roy O’Neil...........................................578-8754 / royoneil@verizon.net Andrew Smith...............................813-453-3407 / andrewacs@msn.com

We are your neighborhood civic association and we work for you to maintain and improve your neighborhood. If you have not joined or renewed your membership in the Riviera Bay Civic Association, please take a moment to fill out this membership form and bring it to the next meeting or send your dues to the address below. Please show your support by sending in at least $10.00. (A larger amount would be appreciated!) One association membership per household includes your spouse and children, to be purchased each calendar year.

I would like to join/rejoin the Riviera Bay Civic Association. Enclosed please find at least $10.00 (more is appreciated) association dues for our family for January through December. Name: _________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email: ________________________________________ Please make checks payable to: Riviera Bay Civic Association Mail to: Riviera Bay Civic Association, 9890 2nd St. North, St Pete, FL 33702 (727) 576-8443


RBCA News 2011-Jan/Feb