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  • City of South Pasadena 7047 Sunset Dr. S. South Pasadena, FL 33707

    Seasons Greetings!

    Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

    from the City Commission and staff.

    Mayor Max V. Elson Administration Department

    Vice Mayor Lari Johnson (not pictured) Community Improvement Department

    Commissioner Gigi Esposito Finance Department

    Commissioner David Magenheimer Public Works Department

    Commissioner Gail Neidinger Public Safety Department

    Quarterly Newsletter website: December 2017 Winter


    Notice is hereby given to all registered voters within the corporate limits of the City of South Pasadena, Florida, that a general election will be held on March 13, 2018 in the City of South Pasadena for the election of two Commissioners. A Meet the Candidates forum has been scheduled for Thursday, February 8, 2018 (see page 2). If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk at 347-4171.

    Save the date!

    32nd Annual Artspring Exhibition March 23 - 25, 2018


    Block Party March 24, 2018

    See page 9 for all the details.

  • Page 2

    Employee "Spotlight" Mike Gregg - South Pasadena Fire Department

    Our city is fortunate to have a firefighter/EMT who has been providing services for us for almost 38 years. That individual is Mike Gregg. Mike came to the South Pasadena Fire Department in March, 1980. Prior to that, he worked for the SAS Ambulance Service who would later become Sunstar for Pinellas County. Mike was inspired to become a firefighter by his grandfather who was a firefighter in the City of Philadelphia, PA. Mike’s sister and brother told him they knew this would be his vocation from the time he was a child. Mike grew up in Pinellas County from early childhood and he recalls many changes over the years. Before the county was developed with housing and shopping areas, you could see orange groves and dairy farms along the major roadways. Of the many things Mike likes about working in our city, he enjoys driving the large fire vehicles. He doesn’t have a favorite job in the department; both emergency services and fire activities are equally fulfilling. He simply likes “doing his job” for the city and our residents. Mike will be retiring from the city in 2018 but may still stay involved working with Sunstar as he does on his off days. He will be able to travel to Georgia with his wife of 31 years to visit friends, play some golf, work out in the gym and spend time with his son, daughter, two grandchildren and his “grand dog”. The City of South Pasadena sincerely thanks Mike for all his years of dedicated service and wishes him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.

    Meet The Candidates Forum

    Thursday, February 8th Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    Forum held from 7-8 p.m.

    City Hall Commission Chambers

    Moderated by:

    The League of Women Voters

    The forum will be televised on the City’s Cable Channel 643.


    Waste Connections Inc. has announced that starting January 3, 2018, recycling will be serviced on Wednesday only. They ask that you place your recyclables out for collection before 6 AM to ensure pick up.

    If you have any questions, please contact Waste Connections Inc. at 727- 572-6800.

  • Page 3 Season’s Greetings! With the holidays upon us, I hope you have been enjoying festive celebrations with your family and friends. Unfortunately for us this year, the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade and Tree Lighting event had to be canceled due to inclement weather. But don’t worry, the parade will be back in full force next year! The Holiday Open House and Concert was a great time as always. Santa mingled with partygoers and we all enjoyed some great food, music, and merriment. Check out pages 10 and 11 for pictures. Another great event I attended recently was the grand opening of the new cardiac catheterization lab at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Its state-of-the-art technology allows doctors to quickly diagnose and address a variety of heart issues that previously would have had to be transferred to another facility. The lab is a valuable addition to the hospital and I am thankful for everything that Palms of Pasadena is doing to care for our local community! If you have been keeping up with Commission discussions lately, you may already know that a major focus for us right now is our fire station. Built in 1978, the station does not meet many of today’s standards and the Commission has been actively considering our options in pursuit of a new station. Because of FEMA regulations, building a new station would likely require a larger piece of land than the current property, but that is hard to come by in our small city. We are optimistic that the right opportunity will present itself soon so that we can continue to provide top notch public safety services.

    As we all start thinking of resolutions for the new year, I want to encourage you to attend and participate in our upcoming events. Come learn about your local firefighters at our First Annual Fire Department Open House on January 20th. Exhibit art or volunteer during our Artspring Exhibition from March 23rd-25th. Enjoy entertainment, food, and games at the block party on March 24th. For more information about events and ways to get involved, please contact City Hall at 727-347-4171.

    From the Mayor’s Office

    Mayor Elson with Palms of Pasadena Hospital staff and community leaders at the opening of the new cardiac catheterization lab (December 4, 2017).

    Happy Holidays from all of us in the very merry

    Administration Department!

    Mayor Max V. Elson

    Back L-R: Deputy City Clerk Brianna Wetherwax, City Clerk Carley Lewis, Administrative Secretary Virginia Alvarado. Front L-R: Mayor Max V. Elson, Santa Claus

  • Page 4

    The South Pasadena Fire Department will hold its First Annual Open House on Saturday January 20, 2018 from 11 am until 2 pm. We would like to invite our residents, business owners, families, and friends to Fire Station 20 at 911 Oleander Way South, South Pasadena, FL for a chance to see our fire station, witness our fire and EMS crews in action, as well as visit educational displays from Saint Petersburg Fire Rescue, Pinellas County Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will provide a K-9 demonstration and free refreshments will be provided. Safety is everyone's concern, especially during the winter months. We want the people of South Pasadena to be safe so they can fully enjoy the wonders of the holiday season. Below are some things to consider and be aware of from our South Pasadena Fire Chief, David Mixson.

    Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

    Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. The South Pasadena Fire Department would like to help you reduce your risk to winter fires and other hazards, including carbon monoxide and electrical fires. Heating Heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every five fires (40%). Carbon Monoxide Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, etc. do not burn. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of CO. Carbon Monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months, and in residential properties.

    Winter storms Most of the U.S. is at risk for winter storms, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season, and heating equipment is involved in one of every six reported home fires, and one in every five home fire deaths. Generators Portable generators are useful during power outages, however, many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of portable generators can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. Candles December is the peak time of year for home candle fires; the top four days for home candle fires are New Year’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve. Each year between 2009 and 2013, an average of 25 home candle fires were reported each day. Electrical Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Roughly half of all home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while nearly another half involved other known types of equipment like washer or dryer fans, and portable or stationary space heaters. Christmas Tree Disposal Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasing flammable as they continue to dry out in your home. Nearly 40 percent of home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur they’re much more likely to be serious. For more information on how you can put a freeze on winter fires, please