Have You Seen The Improvements!? New Greater Pinellas Point neighborhood identity signs (5 total) were installed in June 2018 at Roy Hanna and Pinellas Point Drives, Dr. MLK Jr St and 54th Ave S, and 4th St S at Hillside Drive. The new signs were the result of nearly two years of planning that included the design, City of Saint Petersburg matching grant application compliance, codes compliance and vendor research, selection and contracting.
The new logo, which features an intricate navigation compass on a vivid blue background, was inspired with the help of City staffers and GPPCA Director and project lead Danny E. White. The idea was to evoke the community's nautical environment while also paying homage to the area's abundant and signature pine trees (a pinecone is at the center of the design). GPPCA members voted on the final sign design and optimal visibility replacement locations. The matching grant funding reward was handily repaid by verified volunteer hours or 'sweat equity' that was primarily contributed by GPPCA Board of Directors and members.
The old identity signs were made of wood and severely rotted; therefore, the Association opted to go with high quality, decorative, coated metal fixtures to ensure years of longevity and aesthetic appeal. The locations of the new signs was driven by mandatory compliance with City codes for signage in existing medians and roadways. Five remaining wooden signs are not currently being considered for refurbishing or replacement and will likely be removed.
In January 2019, GPPCA Environmental Chair Beth Connor took the lead on getting professional landscaping installed at the highly visible Roy Hanna/Pinellas Point Drives median. The landscaping includes native ground cover, trees, and shrub varieties, all beautifully surrounded by islands of white crushed shells and new sod. The new identity signs and the lush landscaping make for a significant and befitting improvement in an area that serves as the primary perimeter gateway into Greater Pinellas Point.
In addition to the new identity signs, the community was identified to participate in the City's tree planting program that was made possible by funds allocated as a result of the 2010 BP oil spill. The most recent tree plantings in February 2019 can be seen along 62nd Ave S from 25th St to Dr. MLK Jr St. A variety of sustainable trees line both sides of the roadway. Not only do these trees add beauty to the community, they also provide environmental value by absorbing carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people! Trees were planted in medians along 54th Ave S in 2018 and they are already thriving. For more information on the master City Tree Planting program, visit http://www.stpete.org/sustainability/trees_and_greenspace.php
The GPPCA extends heartfelt thanks to City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA, Community Services, Office of Sustainability, Parks and Recreation, Stormwater Management, Codes Compliance, City Council, and the Office of the Mayor for all of the focus, collaboration, support and hard work that makes our Greater Pinellas Point communities a truly fantastic place to call home!