2023 was a very busy year for the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association (HONNA). Here’s a look at just a few of the many project highlights that helped make our neighborhood so unique. HONNA…
- …worked with the city to get new palm trees planted along Coffee Pot Bayou
- …painted all of the Old Northeast gateway monuments and headstones and enlisted local artist Chad Mize to put his special touch on the one at 5th Avenue NE and Beach Drive.
- …held Spring and Fall park clean-ups in North Shore Park. Over 350 pounds of trash was collected.
- …planted over 3 dozen native trees along public rights-of-way to promote and enhance our beautiful tree canopy. We are working with the city’s Urban Forestry Department to continue our tree canopy enhancement efforts.
- …and local residents prevented a drive-through restaurant on 4th street, prevented a historical house from being torn down and turned into into a parking lot, and worked with a developer to convert the locally designated historic Westminster Presbyterian Church property into residences.
- …produced the inaugural Art in the Garden Tour which showcased local gardens, artists, and entertainers. The proceeds helped fund the tree canopy replenishment program.
- …celebrated its 25th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. Rain showers didn’t dampen the spirits of the 1,500 attendees, 200 volunteers, or gallant homeowners. Part of the proceeds were donated to two local charities.
- …implemented a comprehensive communications plan that included a refreshed and updated honna.org, monthly e-newsletters to neighborhood residents, and a social media program on Facebook and Instagram that now counts over 5K followers.
- …continues to send out a weekly crime report from Officer Fuchs of the St. Petersburg Police Department via the NextDoor app.
- …began implementing a landscape plan for all gateway monuments. We will begin planting in the next month or so and will be looking for Volunteers! Updated monument lighting is also in the planning stage.
The HONNA Board of Directors looks forward to another year filled with neighborhood-enhancing projects and events that make the Old Northeast the premier neighborhood of St. Petersburg.