St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Present: J. Aller, L. Legretta, S. McGrath, M. O’Hara, S. Provenzano, R. Robinson.
Absent: D. Painter and S. Solomons (excused)
Quorum present: Yes
Executive Director: Eric Skains
Grand Central Business District Board of Directors, Brian Longstreth.
Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President, Scion Provenzano.
1.1.Jeff Danner from the Grand Central District Association (GCDA) spoke at length to reasons St. Pete
Pride’s festival should not relocate. Points mentioned were neighborhood feeling, and a sense of ownership. Eric Skains and Scion Provenzano thanked the GCBD for attending and pointed out that St. Pete Pride is not abandoning the GCBD but would like to include them on a new Friday evening event as a prelude to St. Pete Pride with a focus on restaurants, bars, and other business along Central Ave. It was also noted that with possible future relocation, St. Pete Pride has the potential to save up to $20,000. This move is also driven by a survey completed independent of St. Pete Pride in 2014.
November meeting minutes were presented by Secretary, Mark O'Hara. Motion made by Susan McGrath and seconded by Scion Provenzano to approve the minutes.
Treasurer Stanley Solomons forward reports stating we have $56,672.65 in total deposits.
3.1. Investment in our brokerage account at Raymond James has occurred.
4.1. Taste of Pride is Saturday 19 March 2016. Courtney Bishop is working diligently at securing
restaurants. President Scion Provenzano will be working to get the room rental underwritten
by Raymond James.
4.2. St. Pete Pride has secured usage of Tropicana Field main parking lot for the parade staging
area. Current route is 11th Street to Central Ave., Central Ave east to the bay.
5.1. Executive Committee
5.1.1. A grand marshals subcommittee will be formed headed by Jay Aller and Susan McGrath. All past grand marshals that were elected by the public will be invited to participate in this subcommittee. The focus of this subcommittee will be to come up with potential nominees for the grand marshal.
Old Business 6.1. None
7.1. Correspondence 7.2. Events
7.2.1. See shared calendar
7.2.2. Beginning with the February meeting, relocation to the LGBT Welcome Center, 2227
Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33713. 7.2.3. Taste of Pride, Saturday, March 19, 2016.