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Neighborhood Notebook

Grants available for conservation

Published August 13, 2006

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly called "Swiftmud," is offering neighborhoods an opportunity to apply for its grant program promoting conservation and education.

The 2007 Community Education Grant Program provides funding for community-based initiatives that lead to the protection and conservation of Florida's ecosystem.

Programs funded in the past include: educational community workshops on water conservation, Florida landscaping education, do-it-yourself sprinklers and a waterfront restoration project.

"It's really time for people to move to Florida-friendly landscaping, and this is a great program to help promote that," said Karl Nurse of CONA - the Council of Neighborhood Associations, which is encouraging neighborhood groups to consider applying for the Swiftmud grant.

Grants of up to $5,000 are limited to one per organization, community group or individual and are not intended to fund long-term or ongoing projects. The deadline for applications is Sept. 15 and groups can find more information on the grant program at:

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The Greater Pinellas Point Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly general meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. social hour at 7 p.m. at Bay Vista Recreation Center, Pinellas Point Drive S/Fourth Street S. Residents are invited to join in the discussion about the planned redevelopment of properties between Pinellas Point Drive S and Nautico on the west side of 31st Street S. The scheduled guest speaker, Beth Rawlins, will talk about the Pinellas County "Dual Vote" ballot issue and a special presentation will be made to the St Petersburg Youth Council.

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The Edgemoor Neighborhood Association, which is bounded by 54th Avenue, 62nd Avenue N, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N and Foch Street N, will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Mangrove Bay Golf Course, 875 62nd Ave. NE. Items on the agenda will include updates from the canal and grant committee. The guest speaker will be state representative candidate Bill Heller.

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The Crossroads Estates Neighborhood Association will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the community room of the library located at St. Petersburg College. Discussion of the city traffic plan for the neighborhood and other important issues will be on the agenda.

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The monthly CONA meeting (Council of Neighborhood Associations) is set for Wednesday every month at 7 p.m. at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Topics on the agenda include the re-powering of Progress Energy's Bartow plant, and candidates running for city, county and state office.

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The Highland Oaks Neighborhood Association will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. S.

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The Lakewood Terrace Neighborhood Association, which is bounded by 34th Avenue S, Bayou Boulevard, Sixth Street S and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S, will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Maggiore Baptist Church, 4000 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S. A guest speaker from ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) will discuss managing energy costs.

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Make plans to attend the city-wide block party at Central Oak Park, 3962 Dartmouth Ave. N. Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Activities will include street bowling and sidewalk chalk art projects for children, a demonstration by police dogs and a rededication of the park ceremony. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share and their own seating. The event will be hosted by Turn Around St. Petersburg/Wrice Process members and the 34th Street Federation. Donations of food, drinks and ice are welcome. For more information, contact Ginger Brooks at

Readers wishing to submit information for the Neighborhood Notebook can contact Lorrie Lykins by e-mail at Deadline for items submitted for inclusion in the Sunday edition of the Neighborhood Times is Wednesday.

[Last modified August 12, 2006, 11:17:12]

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