Saturday, February 4, 2012

Improvements coming to the Bay Pier

Grant awarded for improvements to Fort De Soto pier | News | Saint Petersburg News

Improvements, to the tune of a million dollars, are planned for the Bay Pier.  Disruptions to the current users of the pier will be minimal.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New fees

The long-delayed park fees are in place.
Parking Fee
Starting in 2012, a daily parking fee of $5.00 is being collected at the Fort De Soto Park at the welcome station.
If you have a valid Disabled Parking Permit/Tag, you are not required to pay the fee. You do not need to be parked in a marked handicapped space as long as permit is displayed.
People who enter the park on foot or on bicycle do not need a pass.
Annual Passes
Annual passes are available at the Fort De Soto Park Administration Office. Price is $75, Seniors $55, Limited Income, $37.50.
Volunteers who complete 100 hours of volunteer service can get a free annual pass.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

New fees at Fort De Soto will be delayed until the new year

Fees at Fort De Soto, Fred Howard parks to wait until new year - St. Petersburg Times

It's going to take a while to set up the fee collection at the entrance to the park.  So the $5 fee is coming soon, but not until after the new year.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fort finally re-opens July 27, 2011

Fortress at Fort De Soto Park reopens |

Ten months and over a million dollars later, the fort is open to the public again.  The restorations
and improvements are well worth it.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Restoration Project Hits a Snag

On to Plan B to restore fort at Fort De Soto Park - St. Petersburg Times

After removing all the trees and plants whose intrusive root systems have been causing damage to the fort for all these years, rains are causing severe erosion. Good ol' "unintended consequences".

So the restoration project has to go into overtime, and more funding has to be approved. This project that was supposed to be finished in March is now on the back burner.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

New $5 fee coming to Fort De Soto

New $5 fee coming to Fort De Soto and Fred Howard parks in Pinellas - St. Petersburg Times

There was no realistic, practical way of avoiding it any more. A fee of five dollars per car will be charged at Fort De Soto Park. Most people will agree that it's still one of the best bargains in Florida. Frequent visitors will be able to get a $75 annual pass, and people on foot and bicycles won't pay a fee. The method of collecting the fee hasn't been decided yet, and it won't be official until Pinellas County officials approve the budget.