Kenwood News

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

New Business of the Month

Pedego electric bikes of St. Pete recently opened at 2315 Central Avenue. They sell, rent, service, and give tours on the # 1 brand of electric bikes in the USA.

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