AARP Tampa Bay offers practical resources like job, health, and financial workshops, as well as fun activities and events to connect and help build an even stronger Tampa.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. The organization, with a membership of almost 38 million, helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families — such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse.
AARP Tampa Bay is a gold-level sponsor of the St Pete Tiny Home Festival.
The Skyway Marina District is a waterfront community conveniently located off of Interstate 275 South on 34th Street South from 30th Ave S. to 54th Ave S. in St. Peterburg. Its mission is to unite the local community, support existing business growth, cultivate new business opportunities, and promote economic and cultural development with the objective of making our district an attractive and memorable destination for local residents and tourists alike. The Skyway Marina District was officially born October 2013, when the area was named.
Chris Kenrick is general manager of the St Pete Eco Village, a nonprofit works to encourage sustainable living, green business development, urban agriculture, and sustainable health and wellness. The organization offers residency programs for people who need affordable places to live, and grows thousands of pounds of food at its urban farm in St. Petersburg. https://ecovillage-stpete.org
Jo-Anne Peck is a licensed Florida building contractor and historic preservation consultant. Starting in 1999, she began working on the Tampa Interstate Study project, which involved moving and renovating 64 historic buildings with Ybor City, Tampa Heights and West Tampa. Having realized her ultimate preservation project, she and her husband took a side path and created Historic Shed, a custom outbuilding design-build company that creates attractive garden sheds, garages and cottages that complement historic homes. Ms. Peck has an undergraduate degree in Building Science and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation. She has found designing and building little structures even more fun than expected.
Building & Zoning Codes for Tiny Homes
This talk is designed to take some of the mystery out of Zoning & Building Codes for both the DIYer and those considering hiring a contractor to build their little dream home in Florida. The emphasis will be in Tiny Houses on Foundations, but much can be applied to Tiny Homes on Wheels as well. Topics include:
Pat Dunham, aka Tiny House Advisor, is one who walks the talk. Long before the tiny house movement began, Pat lived a life in tiny living quarters for several years aboard a boat with her husband and six children. The tiny space consultant and specialist now lives with her husband of 55 years and their 35-lb dog, Annie, in their own 235 square foot home.
Living Large in a Small Space
In her talk, Pat Dunham will outline ways you can live comfortably in your own small space. Her ideas work for space-challenged living environments from tiny homes to efficiency apartments to RVs and boats. She speaks on the many benefits of living small, while offering practical advice for downsizing and useful tips for creating storage solutions.