St. Pete Beach installs paddle board rental stations

ST. PETE Beach front, Fla. — St. Pete Seaside opened 4 fully automated paddle board rental stations throughout the city on Tuesday in reaction to citizens inquiring for more access to drinking water recreation.

What You Will need To Know

  •  St. Pete Seashore opened four thoroughly automatic paddle board rental stations Wednesday
  •  City officers explained the choice to set up the stations was in response to residents inquiring for extra obtain to water recreation
  • The installations have been part of the city’s strategic system for far more drinking water obtain, which up coming phone calls for new docks to be constructed

“We are just making an attempt to hit some of the goals we established with our strategic strategy,” said St. Pete Beach front COO Jennifer McMahon. “This was just one of them.”

Two of the rental stations are positioned close to the snack shacks on Go-A-Grille Beach front and Upham Beach front. The other two stations are at Egan Park and McKenney Park.

McMahon mentioned residents can be expecting additional amenities soon.

“We’re introducing docks, new types, listed here at Egan, at McKenney, so folks can obtain water,” she said.

The metropolis partnered with a corporation known as PADL to put in the self-company paddle boards. Each and every station has 4 paddle boards that can be rented for $19 for every hour by way of the PADL app.

“I consider it’s super awesome — this is a real neat, modern, way for individuals to be equipped to get out on the h2o and recreate in St. Pete Seaside,” reported resident Karen Marriott. “You really don’t have to tie it to the roof of your car or truck. You do not have to have a position to retailer it in your garage.”

Marriott’s also the owner of North Beach Windsurfing in St. Pete Beach. Even even though Marriott sells paddle boards from her organization, she’s not threatened by the rental stations. In reality, she was 1 of the residents asking for it.

“I consider it can only be useful,” she mentioned. “At the time folks get out on the water and discover out how excellent it is … maybe they grow to be avid paddle boarders and they want to arrive get a single from us.

“Our principal company is windsurfing and we call paddle boarding the gateway drug to windsurfing.” 

St. Pete Seashore Mayor Al Johnson stated he believes extra citizens will be employing the rental stations than guests.

“It truly is a high-quality of lifestyle detail for us,” he reported. “We don’t have a good deal of the seashore, so we are hoping to get the parts we own and try to make it much more helpful for people to come go to, and for the residents.”

Marriott reported she’s grateful that metropolis leaders are receptive to tips from people.

“As a resident, heading to conferences and inquiring for issues like, ‘Gosh, is there anyway we can get drinking water obtain?’ You definitely anticipate that no-1 will at any time do just about anything,” she explained. “The mayor and the city supervisor have all been so accepting of strategies. So, that’s really amazing. It’s part of what will make St. Pete Seashore terrific.”​

The city is the first Pinellas County beach town to get paddle board rental stations. The only other station in the county is situated at Philippe Park in Basic safety Harbor.