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March St. Pete Extra: Green Thumb Fest is the event of the spring

March St. Pete Extra: Green Thumb Fest is the event of the spring

People at a festival
Photo courtesy City of St. Pete

Each month, the City of St. Petersburg has a newsletter called St. Pete Extra that shares updates on new programs, exciting upcoming events, important local news, and a wealth of insider secrets on the Sunshine City. Inside this monthly update, we always find great nuggets that we can use to make living in St. Pete better and more fun for ourselves, our neighbors, our families, and our friends.

With their permission, we are going to share some of each month’s highlights in this space, which are chock full of good info. For example, this month’s edition highlights the new St. Pete bike map and guide the city has created. Check out their website for the full list, and subscribe there to have it delivered to your inbox every month.

Get excited for Arbor Day!

Join the city at the 38th Green Thumb Festival during Arbor Day weekend, April 27-28, at Walter Fuller Park.

With educational workshops, a flower show, free mulch, and more than 120 garden, plant, and flower vendors, we know you’re shaking like a leaf – with excitement!

Details at

Get your sandbags!

DYK: Sandbags are available to St. Pete residents ALL YEAR LONG! Don’t wait until a storm is coming – avoid the lines and stock up early. Tell a friend!

Year-round sandbags are available Mon – Fri (7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) at the Pavement and Traffic Operations Building – 1744 9th Ave. N. During emergencies, locations and times may vary.

More info at

Small Biz Support

Cohorts, workshops & programs are available for small businesses of varying experience levels & industries.

Specifics at

We love, you, Mother Earth

Show some love for your home, Mother Earth, on Earth Day! Earth Day is coming up in April, and there will be an entire week of events to attend, learn, and make a difference. From goods exchanges to clean-ups, there are so many ways to give back to Earth.

Info to come at

Play ball, St. Pete

Get your cowbells ready, baseball season is back! Root on your very own Tampa Bay Rays at their opening day on March 28 at Tropicana Field. Rays up!

For tickets and scheduling, visit

Budget open House

Number crunchers – this one’s for you! Mark your calendar for April 16 at 6 p.m. for the Budget Open House. Join us to learn about the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2025 and share your thoughts and priorities with the Mayor and City officials.

Details at

Have a problem with rats?

Do you have a problem with rats? The City can help! For assistance with rodent control outside of properties and in neighborhoods, the City’s Rodent Control Program is at your service.

More at

Important Note: Any DIY use of rodenticide should be considered only after all other pest control methods have been exhausted. Certain types of rodenticides, if applied incorrectly, can have negative results. Prevent causing harm to children, pets, and wildlife by following the manufacturer’s instructions or working with a pest control professional.

Easy loans to improve your home

Whether you’re looking to improve your roof or add solar panels and hurricane shutters, SELF is here to assist with home improvements that can save you money on energy and insurance bills, increase comfort, and protect against extreme weather.

Find more information and resources at

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