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1. HURRICANE PREPEREDNESS
THEY SELDOM HAPPEN HERE, BUT...
The last major hurricane to hit St. Petersburg directly was an unnamed category 4 storm in 1946. But even lesser hurricanes and tropical storms can create problems. Fortunately, Historic Kenwood is well situated away from the water and is not in an evacuation zone. But we do have lots of trees in our neighborhood, and nearly every home and garden contains objects that can turn into missiles in high wind. Advance preparation is the best way to minimize damage and loss in the event of a hurricane.
City of St. Petersburg Hurricane Information - This website offers a wealth of information including what you can do to protect yourself, your pets and your property, and what services the city and state provide, and more.
Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season - A document prepared by Kenwood resident Paul Dickens. This gives instructions with photos, showing how to reinforce your roof/attic, protect windows and vents, and strap down fences.
2. THE KENWOOD EXCHANGE
3. THINKING ABOUT RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS?
The city of St. Petersburg allows homeowners to raise up to 5 chickens(no roosters) in a coop/pen. Several neighbors already have done this and have fresh eggs every day. To see a presentation developed by Eric & Anna, two of our Historic Kenwood residents, on this backyard practice, click here. Another good resource is: www.BackyardChickens.com
4. MY HOME'S HISTORY
If you are interested in researching your home's history. Here is a pamphlet from the city of St. Pete that will help guide you thru this process.
familysearch.org A free genealogy site done by the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints, and it includes census records, which can be useful if you are searching a particular resident of a home.
UF’s collection of Sanborn Maps
UF’s collection of historical aerial photos
The FDOT database of aerials is called A-PLUS. Users can create a free account for more access, which allows them to search by year and area of interest.
To find out about accessing County Records (such as deeds filed before 1970 and tax rolls 1912-2004) on microfilm in person, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 727.464.7000
City of St. Petersburg Historic Research Library
Google News Archive Search
St. Pete. Museum of History, Flickr site, Homes Album
Occasionally addresses and the names of a particular home owner will appear in older editions of the St. Pete Times or Evening Independent.
5. NATIONAL REGISTRY OF HISTORIC PLACES
Historic Kenwood is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The city of St. Pete has created this pamphlet to describe just what that means.
6. LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT
Historic Kenwood is NOT listed as a local historic district. The city has created this pamphlet to describe just what that would mean.
7. OLD HOUSE PLANS
Many of our older homes were kit homes. These houses were built on site, but were bought as a kit with all the plans and materials coming from one source at the same time. Sears and Aladdin were two of the most famous. To look at some of these house plans, maybe even finding yours, click here. Or try one of these websites:
8. CRAFTSMAN HOUSE BUILDING IS A HISTORIC LANDMARK
The Craftsman House, located at 2955 Central Ave. is a retail art gallery, cafe and onsite pottery studio, but the building itself has a long history that includes a local historic designation by the city of St. Petersburg in 1994. To read about the history of this great example of a craftsman bungalow, click here.
9. OLD HOUSE INFORMATION
Looking for information on bungalows, fireplaces, historic colors, home history, wallpapers, or just on living in an old house, try Classic Bungalows.
10. LEAF BLOWERS
Did you know it is illegal to blow leaves in the street? Click here for the city's rules.
11. PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM VARMINTS
Many small critters may find there way into your home. For tips on protecting your home, click here.
12. PARKING REGULATIONS
13. ILLEGAL TREE REMOVAL
As a reminder to St. Petersburg residents and businesses, permits are required before removing any protected tree species with a trunk of at least 4 inches in diameter. The requirement for a permit applies regardless of whether the tree is healthy, diseased or dead. Protected trees include: ash (prickly/wild lime), bay (red), buttonwood, cedar, cypress, dogwood, elm, hickory (pignut), holly, magnolia, maple, oak, palm (royal or cabbage), pines, plum (chickasaw or flatwoods), mulberry (red), sea grape, sugarberry, sweet gum, sycamore, tupelo and willow. Also, nonresidential property owners cannot remove without a permit trees that were installed as part of the required landscaping when the site was developed. To obtain a tree removal permit, e-mail email@example.com or call (727) 893-7471. To report an illegal tree removal, call the Codes Compliance Assistance Department at (727) 893-7373. Reports can be given anonymously.
14. THE CRAFTSMAN BLOG
This blog has weekly restoration and renovation tips for old house owners and is run by a man here in Florida.
15. OLD HOUSE WEB
Ideas and advice for old house enthusiasts. There is also a very active forum. Click here.
16. OLD HOUSE JOURNAL
Professional advice on everything related to old homes from paint color to kitchens, landscaping to tile to help with renovation. Click here.
17. ALLEY RECYCLING
In order to increase recycling participation and to make it more convenient for residents who currently have their trash picked up in the alley, the city will begin alley recycling collection on Monday, January 25, 2016. Alley collection will begin on your designated recycling day. For answers to requently asked questions, click here.
18. A HISTORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF THE MAIL-ORDER HOME
There are a few homes in the neighborhood that built as kits. This a great history of that home building method. Click here.
19. A GUIDE TO LIVING WITH URBAN COYOTES
Yes, we do have coyotes in Historic Kenwood. They are in all parts of Florida in fact. There is nothing to be afraid of, but there are some things you should know about living with them. Click here.
20. NEW PROPOSSED RESIDENTIAL LDR UPDATES
The city is propossing changes to the codes that regulate new home construction in the city. These will help mus keep the character of our neighborhood by having new construction of homes bettr fit in with the size and scope of what's already ben built. Click here. Bob Jeffery and a committee made up of residents of other traditional neighborhoods gave their thoughts to these changes. Click here.