• 10 Sep 2019 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    Preserve the 'Burg is pleased to announce the recent appointment of a new Executive Director, and she might look familiar! In August, the Board of Directors named Monica Kile to our top staff position. A dedicated city booster, Monica was Preserve the ‘Burg’s first Executive Director from 2013-2015 when we were called St. Petersburg Preservation. Monica returns after directing the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Eckerd College and working on special projects with organizations like The Palladium Theater and the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg. 

    Monica has an undergraduate degree in Communication from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Florida Studies from USF St. Petersburg. She spent a decade working in heritage tourism and education with the Florida Humanities Council. Monica was a member of Preserve the ‘Burg’s Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013, a period where we enjoyed renewed popularity due to our advocacy work and the advent of the beloved Movies in the Park, which celebrates its tenth year in 2019. 

    “Returning to Preserve the ‘Burg feels like coming home.  I have never lost my passion for sharing and preserving the unique character and history of St. Petersburg. I’m excited by the growth of Preserve the ‘Burg’s membership and profile over the past several years and look forward to delivering on the mission that our members believe in and joined to support.  The rapid development in our city provides challenges to maintaining our unique character, but also presents opportunities for Preserve the ‘Burg to educate, advocate, and celebrate, which are the things we do best.” 

    Through walking tours, lectures, Movies in the Park, preservation awards, and porch parties, Preserve the ‘Burg educates the public about the history of the city and the unique places that make St. Petersburg special; advocates for appropriate guidelines on the management of historic properties, neighborhoods, and resources; and celebrates the places they are working to preserve, through enjoyable community-building events. The organization has more than 1,500 members and a successful track record of gaining recognition for significant historic  landmarks and districts like the Driftwood neighborhood, the Detroit Hotel, Lang’s Bungalow Court, the Jennie Hall Pool, the Crislip Arcade and many more. 

    “I’m so excited to have Monica with us once again,” said Board of Directors President, Emily Elwyn. “She has such a deep well of knowledge with our organization and the city’s history. And she has strong relationships with stakeholders throughout St. Pete. Her passion for advocacy and ability to communicate our mission are needed at this time of rapid growth.”

    Known for her love of her community, Monica also volunteers as the Chairperson for the Coffee Pot Turkey Trot 5K benefiting the public school that her two children attend. In 2018, inspired by her husband’s recent medical crisis, Monica ran the NYC Marathon in support of aortic research, sparking a passion for long-distance running. “I’ve learned in both my personal life and career that, when faced with a challenge, the best approach is to get busy. Nothing changes otherwise. I look forward to bringing that same approach back to Preserve the ‘Burg.”


Preserve the 'Burg (formerly, St. Petersburg Preservation, Inc.) is an incorporated 501(c)3 organization. We are comprised of an all-volunteer board of directors, one paid staff member, and two part-time staff members.

The Mission of Preserve the 'Burg

Educate, Advocate and Celebrate what makes St. Pete special.


Since 1977 we have been working to secure the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, maintenance, and/or acquisition of important natural, scenic, historic, and architectural sites and structures. We accomplish this by working with the City, County, businesses, and individuals to identify historic districts and sites, landmark significant structures, and foster appreciation of St. Petersburg’s historic environment. And no matter what projects we undertake, the overarching goal is to instill in St. Pete’s citizens an appreciation of our shared heritage and culture and how this contributes to our quality of life and economic success.

Board of Directors, Staff, and By-Laws

2019 Officers

  • Emily Elwyn, President
  • Peter Belmont, Vice President
  • Rebecca Stewart, Treasurer

2019 Board Members

  • Raymond Arsenault, Ph.D.
  • Carla Bristol
  • Ken Grimes
  • Commissioner Charlie Justice
  • Matt King
  • Maryann  Lynch
  • Cesar Morales
  • Lori Durio Price
  • Robin L. Reed
  • Jeff Schorr  
  • Rebecca Stewart                  
  • Adam Vasallo
Staff

Monica Kile, Executive Director mkile@preservetheburg.org 

Laura Flint, Program and Volunteer Coordinator coordinator@preservetheburg.org 

Sabrina Hughes, Membership coordinator membership@preservetheburg.org 

Committees

If you would like to get involved with one of our committees, please email Monica at mkile@preservetheburg.org  

By-Laws

You may review our by-laws online.

E-Newsletter
Click on this link for our latest newsletter, here.

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Contact:
Preserve the 'Burg
P.O. Box 838
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
(727) 824-7802
info@preservetheburg.org
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