City considers buying parkland on Boca Ciega Bay

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St. Petersburg residents may get a new waterfront park on Boca Ciega Bay.

On Thursday, the City Council agreed to let city staff start negotiations for the potential purchase of part or all of 4.6 waterfront acres. The land is valued at $3.2 million.

The property is one of the few undeveloped parcels of coastal uplands left in Pinellas County. The site, which is on 42nd Avenue South, has old growth oaks and pine trees.

The Tampa Bay Estuary considers it vital habitat for ospreys, eagles and other birds.

City Council member Steve Kornell is a siting member for the estuary and supports the purchase.

The city has the option of buying the entire parcel, or 1.75 acres, which are valued at $1.8 million. A home also is on the site.

Money from the Weeki Wachee Fund would be tapped for the project. The fund is used exclusively for park and outdoor beautification projects.

City Council members said they would want to ensure that neighborhood supports the plan. A couple of neighbors spoke in support of the project.

The Council also wants to find out if the land owners are willing to offer the city a more attractive price for preserving the land as a park.