The Mission of Preserve the 'Burg:

Educate, Advocate, Celebrate!

Preserve the ‘Burg works to keep St. Pete special. We believe in the importance of maintaining a unique sense of place to enhance quality of life and encourage economic vitality. Through walking tours, Movies in the Park, lectures and panel discussions, porch parties, and Preservation Awards, we educate residents and visitors about the unique cultural and architectural history of the city and celebrate those places that keep St. Pete special. 

Since our founding more than 40 years ago, Preserve the 'Burg has grown into the city's authority on cultural and historic landscapes of importance.  We help guide and shape conversations about what our community values enough to preserve, and advocate with city officials for appropriate guidelines on the management of historic properties, neighborhoods, and resources.

Preserve the 'Burg has a successful track record of helping to save important landmarks and neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, dating back decades to the preservation of the Vinoy Hotel and the historic Roser Park neighborhood.  In recent years Preserve the 'Burg played a role in saving Lang’s Bungalow Court, the Crislip Arcade on the 600 block of Central Avenue, the Jennie Hall Pool, and the Virginia Burnside house.

Preserve the 'Burg (formerly known as St. Petersburg Preservation, Inc.) is an incorporated 501(c)3 organization. We are comprised of an all-volunteer board of directors, a full time Executive Director, and several part-time staff members.

Board of Directors, Staff, and By-Laws

2020 Officers

  • Ken Grimes, President
  • Cesar Morales, Vice President
  • Rebecca Stewart, Treasurer
  • Matt King, Secretary

2020 Board Members

  • Raymond Arsenault, Ph.D.
  • Peter Belmont
  • Bob Carter
  • Jackie Crain
  • Jeff Danner
  • Emily Elwyn
  • Ken Grimes
  • Sharon Hayes
  • Harry Heuman
  • Commissioner Charlie Justice
  • Matt King
  • Maryann  Lynch
  • Cesar Morales
  • Robin L. Reed
  • Jeff Schorr  
  • Rebecca Stewart                  
  • Adam Vasallo

Monica Kile, Executive Director 

Laura Flint, Program and Volunteer Coordinator 

Louise Diesbrock, Newsletter Editor,


If you would like to get involved with one of our committees, please email Monica at  

  • 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.”

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Preserve the 'Burg is funded in large part by the support of our members. So join today—be part of the effort to Preserve the 'Burg! 

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Preserve the 'Burg
P.O. Box 838
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
(727) 824-7802
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