Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Ride and Run with the Stars is Saturday, Dec. 3, at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. in Tierra Verde.
The family-friendly event features a 25-mile bike ride, 10K family ride, 5K certified race, 1-mile fun walk/skate, a silent auction, kid’s activities and a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf. Food, water and soda will be available while supplies last.
For 23 years, a group of people better known for the work they do to keep the county safe has devoted itself to making sure people in need have a merry Christmas. Proceeds from the annual event go to the Christmas Sharing Project, which provides food, clothing and toys for crime victims, children and families that have been nominated by members of the Sheriff’s Office.
The reclaimed water system servicing residents in north Pinellas County will be shut down Tuesday, Nov. 29, to restore the water supply at the Dunn Water Reclamation Facility.
Reclaimed water levels are critically low at the Dunn Facility, located at 4100 Dunn Drive, Palm Harbor, following repairs at the facility related to a leaking potable water pipe.
While attempting to find the source of the leaking pipe, which was discovered Sunday, the Dunn facility had to stop the flow of partially-treated wastewater for several hours, discharging it into a holding pond before it could be fully treated.
LARGO - Residents who have a love of preserving the past now have a chance to make a difference in Pinellas County. Applications are now being accepted for membership on the Pinellas County Historical Commission.
The commission consists of volunteers who primarily advise on matters pertaining to Heritage Village and prospective historical objects, facilities, and records to be displayed at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo.
The commission is composed of nine members and two alternates. Seven members are nominated by the individual members of the Board of County Commissioners for appointment by the board as a whole. The Junior League of Clearwater/Dunedin and Pinellas County Historical Society appoint the other two members, respectively.
CLEARWATER - By a unanimous decision Nov. 22, Janet Long will serve as the chair of the Pinellas County Commission for 2017. Commissioner Ken Welch received the nod from all six commissioners to take the position of vice-chair.
Commissioner Karen Seel was absent.
Long, who currently serves as vice-chair, was first elected to the District 1 seat on the commission in 2012. She was sworn in to another four-year term the same day she was elected chair for 2017. She ran without opposition in the Nov. 8 election.
CLEARWATER - The love fest continues between the Pinellas County Commission and its administrator, according to results of the annual review revealed Nov. 22.
Administrator Mark Woodard ranked 2.9 out of 3 for his functional competencies. In this category, he scored a perfect 3 in professional skills and characteristics. He scored a 2.9 in relations with the county commissioners, budget/financial management, and communications and reporting. He scored a 2.8 in policy execution.
PINELLAS COUNTY - With a promise to “make America great again,” Republican Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Following a highly contentious election bid, the businessman and television personality beat out his Democratic opponent former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Donald Trump had 48.06 percent of the vote in Pinellas County, with 238,746 votes. Hillary Clinton had 46.97 percent of the county vote, with 233,327 votes. Gary Johnson was a distant third, garnering 2.74 percent of the vote and 13,063 votes. Green Party candidate Jill Stein earned .92 percent of the vote.
More than 77 percent of county residents voted in the Nov. 8 election, casting 501,458 ballots. In 2012, 462,248 ballots were cast. Unofficial election results show 255,000 residents voted by mail, 78,166 during early voting and 168,560 on Election Day. An additional 745 provisional ballots will be counted on Friday.
Pinellas County Utilities shut down the North County reclaimed water system the morning of Nov. 2 due to critical low levels in the retention pond and excessive user demand during the overnight hours.
Additional shutdowns are required to allow for storage level recovery and to avoid damaging infrastructure. These additional shutdowns of the system began Saturday, Nov. 5, and will be in effect until further notice.
The additional shutdowns will be from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Utilities will try to keep the system in operation from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, if supply allows, for irrigation system testing and professional maintenance only.
Pinellas County residents who have underinsured or uninsured damages or losses from Hurricane Hermine have until Monday, Nov. 28, to register for assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Residents can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov until midnight on Nov. 28 or by calling 800-621-3362 and TTY (800) 462-7585. Helpline hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
FEMA advises residents to register as soon as possible. Applying for federal disaster assistance now may help if residents still have unmet needs after receiving their insurance payment. While FEMA cannot duplicate assistance covered by insurance, residents may still be eligible for assistance for losses not covered by insurance. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid, are nontaxable and do not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Utilities began the first phase of work on a drinking water quality improvement project Thursday, Nov. 3, along portions of U.S. 19 North and at the North Booster Pump Station.
The station is on the corner of U.S. 19 North and Evans Road in Clearwater.