Kenwood News

President’s Letter – March 2019

Hello, friends and neighbors! Hopefully the first couple months of 2019 have been good for everyone. February was a fun month for us. We made our return to Metro Inclusive Health for our general meetings after their extensive renovations. Their new space for us is fantastic, as is the rest of the facility. Historic Kenwood actually ended up co-hosting their Grand Opening event, which drew hundreds of people (along with Mayor Kriseman and other City officials). It was a lot of fun and I was happy to see a bunch of Kenwoodians present.

One of our favorite annual events in March is Founder’s Day, which will be held on the 9th. Please see the separate article in this newsletter for details. I hope to see lots of friends and neighbors at this annual barbecue in HK’s Seminole Park.

I also want to touch on the planning that has been ongoing for Pinot in the Park— held on April 6th. This is one of the two biggest events in Historic Kenwood (BungalowFest being the other) and it takes a TON of time and effort to put it on. There are a few folks I’d like to recognize for their continued efforts in making sure this year’s event is even bigger and better than previous years. First are our co-chairs, Sara-Ellen Burnett (your HKNA VP) and Tegan Foster (one of the owners of Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe). Next, we have our lead chefs, Kenny Hunsberger and Jeffrey Jew. And finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to Kathy Young, who completed all of the City permits, co-sponsorship applications, etc. so that we can have this event in HK’s Seminole Park. Stay tuned for more info on our 6th annual Pinot in the Park.

Finally, I want to recognize the efforts to get Kenwood’s northwest section to be a Local Historic District. Coordinators Brian Kelly, Georgia Earp, and John Potts did a fantastic job getting together a team of block captains to canvas 245 parcels. We have the “yes” votes and the next steps are hearings at city hall with the Community Planning and Preservation Commission, followed by the final one with City Council. The dates for these are March 12th at 3:30 PM and April 18th at 6:00 PM, respectively and I’d ask that we pack the room with Kenwood residents (wearing Kenwood shirts if you have them and if not-see me!) while we make our case.

Thanks and happy March!

HKNA President, Nicole Carlisle

Become A Housing Host for St. Pete Opera

The St. Petersburg Opera Company would love to get the word out to Historic Kenwood residents about the opportunity to become a housing host for our visiting artists. They need almost 20 housing volunteers to host our professional Broadway artists coming to town January 2 – Feb. 11 for our upcoming musical, Kiss Me Kate.

In addition to the satisfaction of knowing you are providing essential support for St. Pete Opera, you will receive:

+ 2 complimentary tickets to the show of your choice
+ An exclusive backstage tour
+ Recognition in our season program
+ Invitations to our Donor Quarterly events for one year, which offer complimentary refreshments and live entertainment
+ Potential tax benefits for opening your home to benefit your not-for-profit St. Petersburg Opera Company (contact your tax advisor)

For more information on becoming a housing host please visit their website:


Become a Housing Host

34th Street Master Plan Kickoff Meeting


“Hi Neighbors, I’m excited to announce the first public meeting in the master planning process for a re-imagined 34th Street that will finally take place later this month! District 8 residents and business owners are encouraged to participate in this process. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 30th at 6 pm at Suncoast Hospice at 3050 1st Ave S, S. To sign up to receive the latest information and a future online survey on the master planning process, click here. We hope to see you there! And as always, we want to hear from you about your upcoming events, newsworthy neighbors, and businesses. Email with questions, concerns, or to be featured in our newsletter.” – Councilmember Amy Foster

Special Offer from the Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays would like to offer our neighbors an exclusive offer, ONLY for residents of Historic Kenwood!

This is a great chance for you to spend some quality time with your family and neighbors of Historic Kenwood and cheer on the Rays!

There are only a limited number of Opening Weekend tickets available (Saturday, 30 March), and all tickets purchased on this site comes with a FREE Rays hat! (total value of $75)

Buy your ticket today!




School of Rock Grand Opening – Please be Our Special Guest!

Dear Neighbors:

Because you all have been instrumental in helping us realize our dream of opening a music school in St. Pete, we would like to personally invite you to be our special guest at this weekend’s Grand Opening Festivities.  This is our opportunity to personally thank you for your hard work, commitment and belief in us to bring School of Rock to St. Pete.

Saturday, Doors Open at 10 a.m. with tours of our school and tickets for free trial lessons.  Our Headliner – The Orlando School of Rock House Band – will begin their first set at noon.  Between sets, we may just get another peek at our talented instructors on stage.  The Orlando House Band will re-take the stage around 1 p.m. for their Encore.  You will have the opportunity to witness what School of Rock is all about through incredibly talented young musicians.

Again, this is a time we celebrate months of hard work coming to fruition.  We sincerely hope that you will allow us to thank you through this event.

Julie Simpson

2401 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33701

(727) 871-ROCK/(214) 212-0197 cell

January Home & Garden Winner

This beautiful home, nominated by Brenda Gordon, boasts a lovely color palate of green and cream with striking new colorful landscaping – all making for great curb appeal! Gina Myers has been working very hard on the house and landscaping since she purchased it in February. “I moved to St. Pete 2 years ago from DC and just fell in love with the city, especially Historic Kenwood! I’m so honored! And my mom who’s an avid gardener is very proud!

City Presents the State of the Economy

Last week, the City of St. Pete hosted the Fourth Annual State of the Economy event at the James Museum.
Economic Development staff from the City focused on economic drivers, competitiveness and prosperity indicators, as well as key development indicators for the next four years.
To learn more about the State of the Economy, click here >>




The City of St. Petersburg is home to US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, one of the USCG largest commands.  The US Coast Guard is America’s maritime first responders and are unique because it is not part of the Department of Defense, but rather falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security.  Because of that, as of today January 15, 2019, US Coast Guard personnel will continue to report to duty without pay. For many Coast Guard families this is their only income.

All donations will be distributed to our local US Coast Guard families through the Sun Coast branch of the US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA)*.   The Sun Coast CPOA covers approximately 670 active duty members north to Yankeetown, FL south to Ft. Myers.   The USCG base in St. Petersburg is home to approximately 220 active duty personnel.  Units such as Yankeetown are surrounded by a small community, some donations received from the St. Petersburg area will be pushed up north to Yankeetown to help evenly distribute donations to all Coasties and dependents in need.

Below is a suggested list of item that could be of help:


Grocery Gift Cards (Public, Aldi, Winn Dixie, Walmart)

Gas Station Gift Cards

Non-perishable food items

Snack for kid’s lunchboxes


Protein bars,

Health Snacks

Cleaning Items to include paper towels, dish soap, hand soap, bathroom and kitchen cleaning products, laundry detergent

Toiletry items to include toilet paper, feminine products, toothbrushes/toothpaste for adults and children, body soap, shampoo, conditioner

Baby items, diapers (all sizes) pull-ups (all sizes for both girl and boy) baby wipes

City Employees will be participating in this donation campaign until further notice. We would like this to be a joint effort with our associations in helping the Coast Guard during the shutdown. Since we already have set up the logistics with the Sun Coast CPOA; donations can be dropped off at the Community Services office, located at City Hall (175 5th St. North) or we can set up a day/time to pick up. If you have any questions – contact Amanda Kubisiak at 892-5141 or

*CPOA is a not for profit, war veterans designated 501(c) organization that among many other things, assists USCG members and their dependents in urgent need of assistance.


Your Sunshine City

2019 Excellence In Development Award Winner

“At the 2018 State of Economy presentation on January 9th, Bob Jeffrey was named the 2019 Excellence in Development Award Winner. Jeffrey, a long time District 8 resident, and affectionately known in some circles as the unofficial mayor of Historic Kenwood, began his career with the city developing neighborhood plans. Later, as the Director of Development Services Jeffrey began work on rezoning the entire city, and adopting a new zoning code. He is largely responsible for theresurgence of the Historic Kenwood and Grand Central District neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. As a real estate investor and community activist, Jeffrey has also rehabbed over 50 residential units in Historic Kenwood. Thank you Bob for your hard work and dedication to the city – Congratulations! ” – Council member Amy Foster

Thank you for your vision and your years of service to our neighborhood! We love you, Bob! – HKNA

President’s Letter – January 2019


I’m Nicole Carlisle, your new Historic Kenwood president. I would like to start off by saying that I think it’s pretty cool that, after 8 years and 3 Kenwood houses, I get to write my very first president’s letter! This neighborhood is truly special to me. I really feel as though I have found a true home- a place that is diverse, inclusive, friendly, and just plain fun. I love how active and engaged in the community we are. In fact, I brag to non-Kenwoodians all the time about how awesome we are! From our porch parties, to events in Seminole Park, to Art Walks and everything in between, there really is something for everyone. After jumping right in and serving as the Kenwood merchandise coordinator for over 7 years, I was excited to join the board last year as the vice president.

For this year, I’m happy to serve on the board again, joining returning members Sara-Ellen Burnett (your new vice president), Michelene Everett (past president), MJ Baker (our superb secretary!), and two board members from last year, Frank Clemente and Jim Woodfield. I’d also like to welcome our new treasurer, Kay Aude, and two new board members in Darrel Gordon
and Betty Smith. Check out their bios to learn more about them. Let’s talk about 2018 for a minute. We had a really fun and successful year. Our Dining for Art event grew and we had a brand new finale event A Grand Mingling. We’re using the proceeds for local artists to create finials for some of our street signs and I cannot wait to see how they turn out! One of our other big events was the 20th annual BungalowFest. It was a gorgeous day and we had just about 800 people come through our neighborhood to tour the 9 homes on display. The event could not have been successful without the help of our home selection committee, Jen and Alec Smith, and all of our hard-working volunteers, including our coordinator, Kay Aude. And artist Mike Toth came through for us again with a spectacular logo and design. A special thank you also goes out to our sponsors, Jim and Julie Longstreth of Your Neighborhood Realty, and the SPCA. The ad sponsorships for our BungalowFest brochures also helped make this event a huge success for our neighborhood. Historic Kenwood also made some really great progress with creating more local historic districts. One large section of the neighborhood, the NW Quadrant, has the votes to proceed, and (probably as you are reading this) we are getting the application process started. More info to come on this! For this coming year, we have a few new people taking over some of our programs and events. Cherie Bright will be our new layout and design editor for our monthly newsletter, helping out the always wonderful Carolyn Gambuti. Board member Betty Smith will now be in charge of our monthly porch parties (see her if you’d like to volunteer for a month!). And last, but most certainly not least, is Jamelia Triola, who is taking over our fantastic Kenwood Kidz program. She is taking over for Charla Cribb, a long time Historic Kenwood resident and local artist who has also been an active participant in both the neighborhood and the Artist Enclave. A big thank you to Charla, who is moving to be closer to family. Thank you for being such an integral part of our neighborhood for so many years. We will miss you!

Finally, I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. I’m very proud and excited to serve as president this year and look forward to all of our fun activities to
— Nicole Carlisle, President

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