CONA meeting on recycling issues postponed

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Curbside recycling ends its fourth week in operations in St. Petersburg today, and it’s fair to say that it’s been a bit bumpy in its rollout throughout the city.

Among the issues of contention among some neighborhood groups is the request that the city perform alley recycling pickup in the same fashion that trash is collected.

Alley access is available in 40 percent of St. Pete neighborhoods, but as SPB’s Janelle Irwin reported on Thursday, a host of neighborhoods have banded together and sent a letter to the city pleading for a more flexible program.

City officials have maintained that there will be tweaks to the program once it’s fully launched, with the City Council addressing those issues in due time.

Mike Connors, St. Petersburg’s public works administrator, was scheduled to discuss the issue at a meeting of the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) this coming Monday. However, a brief report in today’s Tampa Bay Times indicates that the meeting has now been postponed.

CONA President Marlene Murray tells the Times that Connors said he had to postpone due to scheduling conflicts, and it will be rescheduled for later this month.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at