Community Cleanup planned for Lassing Park in Old Southeast

Photo of beach and green space on the waterfront

Lassing Park in Historic Old Southeast in St. Petersburg is one of the most stunning spots in the city — and SHINE Mural Fest organizers have planned a community cleanup on November 14.

As part of the SHINE Mural Festival, the Suncoast Surfrider Foundation and Tampa Bay Estuary Program are excited to host a socially distant (masks required) beach cleanup at Lassing Park. Come lend a hand (or 2) and let’s clean and help protect our local waterways. Please bring your own gloves, masks, reusable cup and let’s get back to it.

This is a fantastic way for anyone who hoped to get involved with I Love the ‘Burg’s community cleanups to get out and clean up their city.

The community cleanup begins at 9am on November 14 at Lassing Park, 2042 Beach Drive SE.

Before the beach cleanup, SHINE will host an Environmental Justice + Art as Advocacy virtual event on November 5 at 5pm.

SHINE partnered with SPC Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to moderate and facilitate this discussion as part of Sea Walls: St. Petersburg.

Panelists
Nneka Jones | Artist⁣
Daniel Sebastian Padilla Ochoa | Ocean Conservancy
Tre’ Packard | PangeaSeed Foundation ⁣
Jenee Priebe | SHINE Mural Festival⁣
Jabari Reed-Diop | Artist
Danni Washington | Big Blue & You ⁣
Moderated by Kimberly Jackson | SPC ISPS⁣

SHINE is returning November 7-14 for a special edition in partnership with Pangeaseedand their globally renowned Seawalls Artists for Oceans program! ⁣

Sea Walls: St. Petersburg will feature a Florida-based artist lineup painting for a purpose and 10 new murals highlighting St. Pete’s most pressing ocean issues; exploring the interconnectedness of human and environmental health as we navigate an ongoing global pandemic.⁣

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“As a coastal city, climate change and sea level rise are ongoing threats to the wellbeing of St. Pete” the organizers wrote in an Instagram post. “Beach tourism is an important part of the area’s economy and issues of storm surge, plastic pollutants, harmful algae blooms and sustainable fisheries are important community education topics. And we know environmental issues impact our community in different ways based on social structures like race, gender, age and class. Sea Walls: St. Petersburg will artfully advocate for sustainability for all communities. “⁣

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For the safety of the artists and the general public, SHINE will be limiting its public events. If you choose to visit the mural locations while they’re in progress, the artists and organizers ask that you wear a mask, social distance from other viewers, and respect the artists’ safety by remaining at a distance. ⁣

Want to experience all of the SHINE Murals from the comfort of your car? There’s now a new drive-thru app you can use to experience the murals from your car/bike.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.