The Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association (HONNA) is one of the oldest and most vibrant neighborhood associations in St. Petersburg.
HONNA was founded in 1974 as the North Shore Neighborhood Association (NSNA). A name change occurred in May 2002 to reflect the prevailing use of the name “Old Northeast” when referring to the neighborhood.
HONNA was the first neighborhood association to participate in the City of St. Peterburg’s Neighborhood Planning Program and to complete the first neighborhood plan developed by the City of St. Petersburg. Through this program, HONNA developed and adopted many first-time programs such as Neighborhood Redevelopment District (NRD), Neighborhood Design Review (NDR) guidelines, etc. The neighborhood plan for the Old Northeast Shore won an award of excellence from the Suncoast Section of the American Planning Association for neighborhood planning in 1990. HONNA also achieved National Historic District status for the neighborhood, and received many commendations for the scope of the effort as it was achieved almost entirely with volunteer effort.
HONNA volunteers organize a variety of events and programs year round, some that draw visitors from throughout the Southeast. Please visit events web pagevents web page, which captures the major events organized by HONNA for the neighborhood’s benefit. All of these events are family oriented. The best known HONNA event is the Candlelight Tour of Homes (December) that showcases a variety of homes and exemplify the architectural diversity in our neighborhood. Proceeds from this event are donated to local charities. Other events are the Easter Egg Hunt (March or April), Independence Day Children’s Parade (July), and Halloween Festivities (October).
HONNA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Neighborhood meetings are held quarterly and often enjoy a pot luck theme. A Board of Directors, which meets monthly, provides Association oversight and coordinates many of the social and business activities.
HONNA membership is available to anyone living in the neighborhood. Members who are residents or own property have voting privileges on HONNA matters brought before the general membership.