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2018 April

May 15, 2018

St Pete Pride Board of Directors Meeting

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Metro Welcome Center – 2227 Central Ave / St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Board Members in Attendance: Chrys Bundy

J. Aller

Stanley Solomons

Susan McGrath

Scion Crowder

Luke Blankenship (Interim Executive Director)

Board Members Absent: Laura Legaretta

Nathan Bruemmer

Richard Brandt

Agenda Item

Discussion and Action



  • Scion called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm


  • Kate Thorpe, Secretary, GCDA

    • Kate introduced herself. She is here to help foster the relationship between GCDA and Pride.

    • The board discussed various ways the CGDA can participate with SPP year round, not just in June.

    • Invitation to attend the GCDA meeting next week. (April 25th, Imagine Museum, 6pm)

  • Jim Nixon, Metro/LGBT Liason to the Mayor’s Office

    • Here representing the Mayor’s Office in making a request to work with GCDA to potentially extend the Street Festival to 31st St N.

    • The City has already decided that they are unwilling to pay the $6500 for the additional police costs. This does not include the street closures, etc.

    • Luke pointed out that the current logistics setup on the website that allows vendors to pick their site would need to be reworked at an additional cost.

    • The potential installation of rainbow crosswalks was discussed. This is currently under review by the City.

  • Aaron Gustafson, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

    • Here to help foster relationship with the board in hope of spreading the word that members of the LGBT community can indeed be Big Brothers / Big Sisters.

    • June 9th, event at Dunedin Lanes, an LGBT business.

Approval of Minutes

  • Scion made a motion to approve. Standley seconded.

Approved unanimously

Executive Director’s Report

  • Sponsorship:

    • WellCare, $6,665

    • Aveda Pharmacy, $2,500

    • Humm Kombucha, $3,150

    • Raymond James likely renewing

  • Registration Update

    • 76 Parade, 149 Festival Entries

  • Grand Marshall

    • Voting update was shared with the board

  • PRIDE Guide is in Production, ready for delivery June 1

  • Maps for both North and South Straub was discussed. New events for South Straub and the family area was discussed.

  • The new “Artist Zone” in South Straub

  • Other new art events were discussed.

  • VIP areas are available for rent along the route

  • Other communications options for day of event were discussed.

  • RVs will be in the same place as last year.

Treasurer’s Report

  • Savings $15,900.42

  • Checking $110,540.02

  • Petty Cash: $1,373.21

  • Brokerage $18,060.03

Associate Board Report

  • New member: Frank Hay

Committee Reports

  • Hiring Committee – Interview process start 4/18.

  • Trans Committee: Event at Flying Boat the Friday, 22nd. – Family Friendly

Old Business

  • No Updates

New Business

  • No Straws St. Pete – Vendors will be encouraged to only provide straws when requested.

  • The possibility of a bead recycling program was discussed.

  • Upcoming Events:

    • Tallahassee (Luke & Richard)

    • Grand Marshall Announcement (April 26th)

    • Harvey Milk Festival (May 12th in Sarasota)

    • Equality Florida Gala (May 12th Mahaffey Theater)

    • One Magical Weekend & Gay Days (May 31st – June 3rd)- Representatives TBD

  • Stanley & Luke attended Miami Pride and gave an update.


  • Meeting Adjourned 8:38 PM

  • Next meeting will be May 15th.


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