BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Shepherd’s Village has been providing housing, life skills, education and other services for single mother families since Dr. Phyllis Alderman founded the faith-based ministry in Clearwater in 1992.
Today, the non-denominational nonprofit is located in a 12-unit apartment complex in Belleair Bluffs, where more than 280 families and 650 children have sought safe shelter and domestic stability since the organization relocated there in 2002.
CLEARWATER - In November, Pinellas County voters will be asked to approve renewal of Penny for Pinellas sales tax for a fourth 10-year cycle.
But before the voting begins, local government officials have to decide how to spend the money and interlocal agreements between the county and municipalities have to be signed that determine how the money will be shared.
County Commissioners began preliminary work Feb. 14 to prioritize the best use for its share. Staff estimates that $2 billion in tax revenue will be generated between 2020 and 2030.
REDINGTON SHORES - A Pinellas County Sheriff’s employee lost her job after she was arrested for DUI about 1:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, near the intersection of Coral Ave and Gulf Boulevard, in Redington Shores.
Deputies were conducting traffic enforcement on Gulf Boulevard in North Redington Beach when they observed a 2013 white Chevrolet sport utility vehicle traveling northbound on Gulf Boulevard at a high rate of speed. Deputies conducted a traffic stop at Coral Avenue and Gulf Boulevard for speeding. The vehicle was traveling 67 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, according to a press release.
LARGO - The road to home ownership can be a long and arduous journey. For the family of Miguel DeJesus and Ivelisse Marcano, that road ended Feb. 18 on 11th Avenue Northwest when the couple received the keys to their new home from Habitat for Humanity.
Before long, 11th Avenue Northwest also might become the most inspiring street in all of Largo because the family’s next three neighbors also will receive homes through Habitat.
“Just a few short weeks ago, we were able to purchase the next three lots,” said Mike Sutton, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. “The city of Largo made a $180,000 donation to Habitat in order to buy these lots and we could not be more thankful for that. It’s going to help serve four families that will realize the dream of homeownership.”
DUNEDIN - Changes to the current Dunedin Downtown Pilot Parking Plan took effect Feb. 13.
The City Commission at the Feb. 2 meeting approved the ordinance change, which allows more free parking downtown.
The Downtown Parking Plan is a one-year pilot program that was implemented in October 2016 to offset the current costs of leased lots that the city pays for and to raise funds for a potential parking garage in the future. Changes were made due to public feedback, data collected from SP+ Parking Management Company and through observance of parking needs/trends during the first quarter of the pilot program.
MADEIRA BEACH - Pressure from residents has apparently resulted in the second major development in the city of Madeira Beach being reduced in size and redesigned.
A revised plan that features a significant downsizing of the Holiday Isle Marina, proposed for the Holton property on the Intracoastal Waterway at the foot of the Tom Stuart Causeway Bridge, was presented at the Feb. 14 city commission meeting. The number of buildings is being reduced from the six approved in 2016 to two.
SEMINOLE - Just earlier this year, Bill Miller thought he might not have much longer to live. For two months, he was in and out of the hospital. First, his kidneys failed. Then he had to have his gallbladder removed.
“I almost didn’t make it,” he said. “I get very emotional. I almost passed away in the hospital and the Lord saved me for something. He took care of me.”
Miller, who bought the Lewis W. Mohn Funeral Home last year, rallied, though, and he was able to attend the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s 52nd annual Mr. Seminole awards banquet at Holiday Inn Harbourside Feb. 18.
In 2011, I reported an unusual dolphin behavior that I likened to scrimmaging in football. The football metaphor was a useful way to describe how small groups of dolphins lined up side by side, faced each from several feet away, rushed at each other, and dove at the last minute before colliding.
At the time, I could not say what they were doing. I could only say what they were not doing. They were not fighting. They were not having sex. They were socializing in an apparently choreographed competition like “scrimmaging” without a football!
Tampa Bay area venues, both large and small, will welcome a diverse selection of musical artists during the month of March. A number of concert festivals will be presented in addition to headliners such as Tony Bennett, Dwight Yoakam, Paul Anka and Celtic Woman.
Guys should slick back their hair and girls can put on their poodle skirts because it’s time once again for Richard Nader’s Doo Wop Reunion. The annual Doo Wop will be presented Friday, March 17, 7 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $45. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.