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Waterfront Parks Foundation
Proudly supporting St. Petersburg, Florida's waterfront parks!
MAY 2020

Message from our President

A Salute to our Board of Trustees

It has been eight years since the inception of the Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation (WPF). The organization has worked diligently over this period to "Preserve, Protect, and Promote" St. Petersburg’s amazing waterfront parks. Our success as an organization has been made possible through the generosity of our supporters and the unwavering commitment to the Foundation’s Mission by our Board of Trustees. I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the WPF Board members for the time, talent and treasure they have each afforded to the community through their service to the Foundation.
The Waterfront Parks Foundation began in 2012 with two boards: the Board of Trustees and an Advisory Board. The Board of Trustees was the governing Board that guided policy for the organization and was comprised of men and women passionate about the preservation and protection of the privately-funded gift of the waterfront parks, by our City founders, for the benefit of all of St. Petersburg. The Trustee Board was made up of myself, as President; Charles Osterholt, Secretary; Tami Simms, Treasurer; and Board members Kent Lydecker, Ph.D., Robert Lovejoy, Joan Jaicks, Peter Betzer, Ph.D., Doug Fischer, Ed Montanari, Will Michaels, Ph.D., Don Howe and Marty Wallace.  Joel Giles, Esq. provided pro bono legal services for the WPF formation. Later Board members were Mike Cheezem, John Bowman, Helen Levine, Ph.D., David Feaster, Velva Lee Heraty, Karen Brown Dunlap, Ph.D. and Jesse Perez. The first Advisory Board was made up of like-minded community stakeholders and leaders that included the Foundation officers, and members Robert Carter, Tim Clemmons, Philip Graham IV, Mack Hicks, PhD., Sherry McBee, Ed Montanari, Peter Belmont, Esq. and Matt Shapiro. In 2016 we joined the two boards into one Board of Trustees. The current Board is comprised of officers Phil Graham, Charles Osterholt, Tami Simms and Logan DeVicente, Vice President, who make up the Executive Committee; and members Peter Betzer, Ph.D.; Robert Carter; Colleen Crutchfield; Bill Dahl; JP Fatseas; Doug Fisher; David Fischer; Harvey Ford, Esq.; Philip Graham IV; Patti Helton, Ph.D.; Mack Hicks, Ph.D.; Don Howe; Joan Jaicks; W. Richard Johnston; Will Michaels, Ph.D.; Sally Poynter; Ross Preville; and Robert Ulrich, Esq.  Mike Jefferis, Parks & Recreation Administrator and Councilman Ed Montanari are Ex-Officio members and Therese Johnson is our Executive Administrator.
These dedicated volunteers represent the BEST of St. Petersburg and provide leadership in other areas of our community as well. We are most fortunate to have these individuals guiding the policy and performance of our organization. I am grateful for their contributions toward the preservation, protection and promotion of our amazing Downtown Waterfront Parks!  Thank you, Board Members, Past and Present!

Phil Graham, Jr., President
Waterfront Parks Foundation

Waterfront Parks In The News

Tampa Bay Times ArticleA recent Tampa Bay Times article featured the floral plantings installed in North Straub and Flora Wiley Parks in early April. The plantings were made possible by a generous donation to the WPF from the Majeed Foundation. 

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Dr. Peter Betzer

Meet Our Board Members—Peter R. Betzer, PhD 

Board Member Peter Betzer has served on the Waterfront Parks Foundation since its inception, and he brings a valuable wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. Peter and his wife, Susan Beers Betzer, MD, moved to St. Petersburg in 1971, soon after he earned his PhD in chemical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. He joined the faculty of the University of South Florida’s Department of Marine Science, where he served until retiring in 2008. During his tenure there, Dr. Betzer served as Founding Dean and Professor of USF’S College of Marine Science...

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RESCHEDULED:  Date Changed to October 18, 2020 

The Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation will now hold its 3rd Annual Champagne Shuffle Fundraiser on Sunday, October 18, 2020, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the historic St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, 559 Mirror Lake Dr. N., St. Petersburg. Originally scheduled for April 5th, the event was postponed due to Covid-19 Pandemic. All tickets purchased for the original event will be honored at the upcoming fundraiser. Ticket purchasers may also request a refund via our contact page.

Watch for additional information on the Champagne Shuffle in the coming months. We hope to see all our friends, families and visitors at this popular event in October!

New Plants in North Straub Park

Watch video of the recent (planting) installation of thousands of new flowering plants in the landmark section of North Straub Park at the corner of 4th Ave and Beach Dr NE. 
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New Plants in Flora Wylie Park

Watch video of how this tiny section of Flora Wylie Park was transformed into a welcoming (site) sight for drivers, joggers and walkers along North Shore Dr NE.
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These floral plantings, which will be refreshed seasonally over the next several years,  were made possible thanks to a generous donation to the WPF by the Majeed Foundation.

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Board of Directors


President—Phil Graham, Jr.
Vice President—Logan DeVicente
Secretary—Charles Osterholt
Treasurer—Tami Simms

Board Members
Peter Betzer
Robert J. Carter
Colleen Crutchfield
Bill Dahl
JP Fatseas
Doug Fisher
David Fischer
Harvey Ford
Philip Graham, IV
Dr. Patti Helton
Mack Hicks
Don Howe
Joan Jaicks
W. Richard (Dick) Johnston
Will Michaels
Sally Poynter
Ross Preville
Robert Ulrich
Therese P. Johnson - Executive Administrator
Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Tax ID# 46-1298072.

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