VARIOUS NUMBERED ITEMS OF INTEREST,
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1. HURRICANE PREPEREDNESS
THEY SELDOM HAPPEN HERE, BUT...
The last major hurricane to hit St. Petersburg directly was an unnamed category 4 storm in 1946. But even lesser hurricanes and tropical storms can create problems. Fortunately, Historic Kenwood is well situated away from the water and is not in an evacuation zone. But we do have lots of trees in our neighborhood, and nearly every home and garden contains objects that can turn into missiles in high wind. Advance preparation is the best way to minimize damage and loss in the event of a hurricane.
City of St. Petersburg Hurricane Information - This website offers a wealth of information including what you can do to protect yourself, your pets and your property, and what services the city and state provide, and more.
Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season - A document prepared by Kenwood resident Paul Dickens. This gives instructions with photos, showing how to reinforce your roof/attic, protect windows and vents, and strap down fences.
2. THE KENWOOD EXCHANGE
3. THINKING ABOUT RAISING BACKYARD CHICKENS?
The city of St. Petersburg allows homeowners to raise up to 5 chickens(no roosters) in a coop/pen. Several neighbors already have done this and have fresh eggs every day. To see a presentation developed by Eric & Anna, two of our Historic Kenwood residents, on this backyard practice, click here. Another good resource is: www.BackyardChickens.com
4. MY HOME'S HISTORY
If you are interested in researching your home's history. Here is a pamphlet from the city of St. Pete that will help guide you thru this process.
5. NATIONAL REGISTRY OF HISTORIC PLACES
Historic Kenwood is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The city of St. Pete has created this pamphlet to describe just what that means.
6. LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT
Historic Kenwood is NOT listed as a local historic district. The city has created this pamphlet to describe just what that would mean.
7. OLD HOUSE PLANS
Many of our older homes were kit homes. These houses were built on site, but were bought as a kit with all the plans and materials coming from one source at the same time. Sears and Aladdin were two of the most famous. To look at some of these house plans, maybe even finding yours, click here. Or try one of these websites:
8. CRAFTSMAN HOUSE BUILDING IS A HISTORIC LANDMARK
The Craftsman House, located at 2955 Central Ave. is a retail art gallery, cafe and onsite pottery studio, but the building itself has a long history that includes a local historic designation by the city of St. Petersburg in 1994. To read about the history of this great example of a craftsman bungalow, click here.
9. OLD HOUSE INFORMATION
Looking for information on bungalows, fireplaces, historic colors, home history, wallpapers, or just on living in an old house, try Classic Bungalows.
10. LEAF BLOWERS
Did you know it is illegal to blow leaves in the street? Click here for the city's rules.
11. PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM VARMINTS
Many small critters may find there way into your home. For tips on protecting your home, click here.
12. PARKING REGULATIONS
13. ILLEGAL TREE REMOVAL
As a reminder to St. Petersburg residents and businesses, permits are required before removing any protected tree species with a trunk of at least 4 inches in diameter. The requirement for a permit applies regardless of whether the tree is healthy, diseased or dead. Protected trees include: ash (prickly/wild lime), bay (red), buttonwood, cedar, cypress, dogwood, elm, hickory (pignut), holly, magnolia, maple, oak, palm (royal or cabbage), pines, plum (chickasaw or flatwoods), mulberry (red), sea grape, sugarberry, sweet gum, sycamore, tupelo and willow. Also, nonresidential property owners cannot remove without a permit trees that were installed as part of the required landscaping when the site was developed. To obtain a tree removal permit, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 893-7471. To report an illegal tree removal, call the Codes Compliance Assistance Department at (727) 893-7373. Reports can be given anonymously.
14. THE CRAFTSMAN BLOG
This blog has weekly restoration and renovation tips for old house owners and is run by a man here in Florida.
15. OLD HOUSE WEB
Ideas and advice for old house enthusiasts. There is also a very active forum. Click here.
16. OLD HOUSE JOURNAL
Professional advice on everything related to old homes from paint color to kitchens, landscaping to tile to help with renovation. Click here.
17. GUIDE TO FIRE SAFETY
This site has a lot detailed information on how to prevent home fires. Disclamer: This from a home security website and we make no recomendations of such systems.