City of St. Pete lays out debris response

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Starting on Monday, the city will start collecting debris from residential homes.

The City of St. Petersburg has announced a citywide debris pickup in response to Hurricane Ian.

Starting on Monday, the city will start collecting debris from residential homes. Only green vegetation will be collected, and residents are asked to sort out any normal garbage or other construction materials from the vegetation.

The city offered the following details:

— Vegetation can be left on the edge of your property line, but do not block meters or stack vegetation against other items like trees or garbage cans.

— The city will collect debris from all houses and will follow normal sanitation routes.

— There is no need to call and report the need for a special sanitation pickup.

— Debris may not be picked on your first scheduled trash pickup date. Expect the process to take time as city crews work the entire city grid.

In addition to pickup by the city, residents can take debris to one of the city’s five brush sites, which will offer extended hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Friday.

The city of St. Pete released a preliminary report this morning on damage caused by Hurricane Ian, saying the storm appeared to cause no significant damage.

The city has received reports of numerous downed trees and power lines. Fire crews also reported a handful of fires that have been contained with minor damage and no injuries.

Push teams started to head out at daybreak to remove downed tree debris from main roadways and hospital access. The crews have been working all day to clear roads and restore power.

The city also announced that the St. Pete Pier, the Municipal Marina, the Albert Whitted Airport and The Coliseum will all reopen Friday. All city-run parks and rec facilities will reopen on Monday with normal programming and operating hours.

Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified and made landfall on Florida’s Southwest coast as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, pummeling areas just south of Tampa Bay. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor told reporters Wednesday morning she spoke with Mayors of Fort Myers, Sarasota, Punta Gorda and Naples to offer resources for communities affected by the storm, which was previously expected to directly hit the Tampa Bay area earlier this week.

Damaging winds and rain lashed the state’s heavily populated Gulf Coast, with the Naples to Sarasota region at “highest risk” of a devastating storm surge. But the storm continued to impact Central Florida overnight, maintaining hurricane strength most of the way as it crossed the state.

U.S. Air Force hurricane hunters confirmed Ian gained strength over warm Gulf of Mexico water after battering Cuba, bringing down the country’s electricity grid and leaving the entire island without power. Ian was centered about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west-southwest of Naples at 7 a.m., swirling toward the coast at 10 mph.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Alder Fama

    September 30, 2022 at 8:59 am

    What about my down tree in my yard? Will they pick up that debris? It says only green vegetation but I have a lot of chunks of tree trunk that we cut up.

  • Richard B Ritchie

    September 30, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    I live on the corner of 6th avenue South and Braddock . Behind my house is the Pinellas trail. A tree fell on the trail I have cut it into pieces. It needs to be picked up. I don’t know who I would call to report this , there is also a large pile of green debris at the end of Braddock at the trail entrance

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