St Petersburg, FL Community Magazine

Uplifting Stories About the St Pete Community... Green Bench Monthly is St. Pete’s community magazine direct-mailed to over 15,000 homes in the downtown, North East area. Green Bench Monthly is your source for local stories including business features, news, history, city-growth development and events. Read More

Volume 2, Issue 6, June 2017

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From the Bench: June 2017

St Pete Pride Parade

Show Your Love

LGBT Pride Month is happening now! Which means there’s a lot to celebrate. Whether you identify as L, G, B, T or an ally; this is a time for parades, remembrance, love, and support. St. Pete Pride is the first event in Florida to include a TransPride March in its parade this year. Steps like this, to make communities more inclusive, are what the world needs right now. We hope to see you at the parade dancing, singing—doing whatever makes your heart happy. Above all, show your love. Visit for more information.

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ArtComicsIssue 06-17


Jannus by Erik Jasek

About the artist: Erik Jasek is a local cartoonist and illustrator. From a very young age he has been drawing comics and making films inspired by animated cartoons, sketch comedy and science fiction films. He hasn’t changed much to this day in that regard.

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Downtown Developments

Downtown Developments: June 2017

Downtown. Photo Credit: City of St Petersburg.

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It seems like each time we take a stroll through downtown there are new restaurants and galleries opening and more apartment complexes and condo towers being built. We realize it’s difficult to keep track of everything. Luckily, we’ve done the research, so you don’t have to. Each month we will feature a few of the most exciting new downtown developments that are on the horizon for the Sunshine City.

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Boyd Hill Nature Preserve: A Connection to Old Florida

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

You may have a hard time remembering you are still in St. Petersburg. Smack dab in the middle of the city, nestled along the western shores of Lake Maggiore is a remnant of Florida’s natural terrain. Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is 245 acres of protected land that serves as a vibrantly diverse “Central Park” to our great Sunshine City. Standing on the boardwalk, facing the lake, adolescent alligators sunbathe in the foreground, while the Trop and the St. Petersburg skyline peak over the trees in the distance. It’s a surreal feeling, but also calming and only fitting that such a colorful city would have such unique park as its centerpiece.

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