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City of St. Pete Beach to Break Ground on a Vital Sewer Environmental Improvement Project

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Please see below for a press release for the ground breaking ceremony taking place next Tuesday in St. Pete Beach. This is an invitation to you/media to attend the ground breaking and interview community leaders on the project.

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For Immediate Release

10/20/2020

City of St. Pete Beach Breaks Ground on a Vital Sewer Environmental Improvement Project

St. Pete Beach— 10/20/2020 — The leadership of the City of St. Pete Beach is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony on a sewer improvement project that will help pave the way for the future. The ceremony will be held on October 27th, at 10 a.m. at the corner of Gulf Boulevard and Gulf Winds Drive. The contractors, engineering group on the project, elected officials, and city leaders will be on hand to celebrate and take part in the groundbreaking.

The goal behind the project is to provide reliable sanitary sewer service to the City of St. Pete Beach, expanding a system currently at capacity. The leadership of the City of St. Pete Beach is dedicated to providing a healthy environment and reducing contamination. This project is designed to address the unsanitary sewer overflow that could occur with extensive rains.

City Manager Alex Rey said, “St. Pete Beach is known for its beauty and gorgeous waters. This project is an investment in keeping them pristine, protecting our environment, and updating an older system with current environmentally-friendly technology that reduces our risk of future contamination. It is an exciting expansion to our environmental commitment.”

The City of St. Pete Beach has contracted with Metro Equipment Service, Inc. for the improvement of the sanitary sewer system under Gulf Blvd, Gulf Winds Drive and Boca Ciega Drive. As approved by the City Commission, the 18-month project will include installing a new sanitary sewer force main pipe and four new lift stations to increase system capacity and reliability.

The project will start at the intersection of Gulf Winds Drive and Gulf Boulevard and will work north to Boca Ciega Drive and then to 87th Ave connecting to Pump Station 1. It’s expected that work will start on Gulf Blvd at 37th Ave working north to 55th Ave connecting to Pump Station 2 by the June/July 2021 timeframe. There are also four new Lift Stations that will be built at 44th, 50th, 55th, and 59th Avenues during that time. The City will post ongoing project construction updates on http://www.stpetebeach.org/construction.html.

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About the City of St. Pete Beach
The City of St. Pete Beach is a barrier island community located just off the Pinellas County mainland of Saint Petersburg, just south of Treasure Island, and 20 miles from Clearwater Beach. With miles of pristine, white sandy beaches, year-round sunshine, an abundance of recreational opportunities, restaurants, and shopping, St. Pete Beach is one of the most enjoyable places to live and vacation, in the world.

The City of St. Pete Beach has a permanent population of about 10,000 residents, but is also a popular winter residence for people living in other parts of the United States, Canada and Europe. Nearly 28 percent of the total residential homes and condominiums in St. Pete Beach are owned by people claiming primary residence elsewhere, reflecting a high volume of seasonal visitors.

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