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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - To be around for 100 years takes some staying power and that is exactly what the Indian Rocks Beach Post Office has. The Post Office celebrated its 100th anniversary on Dec. 10 with a ribbon-cutting event.

Mayor R.B. Johnson, who cut the ceremonial ribbon, said that it was a remarkable achievement for the Post Office to have endured this long.

The first post office was established Dec. 10, 1914, on the mainland side of the Intracoastal Waterway along the narrows. It was actually part of a general store and doctor’s office.
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BELLEAIR - Three candidates will be vying for two open seats on the Belleair Commission in the March 10 election. The deadline for qualifying candidates was Dec.16 and the two incumbents will be joined by a former commissioner in the race.

The incumbents are Stephen Fowler and Michael Wilkinson. The challenger is Karla Rettstatt, who served two terms on the commission from 2004 to 2008.

Rettstatt, who left the commission in 2008 because of health issues in her family, said she is ready to go again.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The latest phase of the city of Belleair Bluffs’ ongoing road construction and drainage control project is nearing completion.

Public Services Director Robert David announced at the Dec. 15 City Commission meeting that the current work on Cortez Avenue will likely be done in a week or two.

“We’re trying to get the curbing and paving done next week and hopefully have a nice road before Christmas,” he said.
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Sunday, December 14
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is expected to schedule public hearings soon regarding potential manatee protection zones in western Pinellas County.

Indian Rocks Beach City Manager Gregg Mims sent information in November to Conservation Commission biologist Scott Calleson about the City Commission’s position by consensus on the issue.

Mims said at the City Commission meeting Dec. 9 that Calleson told him that the Fish and Wildlife Commission decided not to take up the individual requests until they had the public hearings in January and February.
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Wednesday, December 10
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BELLEAIR -Belleair commissioners voted 5-0 to grant a certificate of appropriateness to the owners of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. That means owner-developer Mike Cheezem of JMC Communities can now demolish the hotel and get on with building his townhouse/condominium development on the land.

The decision was made at a special commission meeting Dec. 9.

Earlier in the day, before a standing room only crowd, the town’s Historic Preservation Committee voted on the issue and the outcome was the same.
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BELLEAIR - Although commissioners were meeting on Dec. 9 to discuss the fate of the Belleview Biltmore hotel, there were some tense comments made regarding a card, which had been circulated throughout the town and whether or not it was authorized.

The story began at the end of the commission meeting on Dec. 2 when Commissioner Stephen Fowler produced a box from under his desk. The box contained a hard cover, coffee table-type book extolling the virtues of a Peabody hotel in Memphis, which had been renovated. Included was a sample of a large postcard, which would be mailed to Belleair residents suggesting the Belleview Biltmore could have the same success as the Peabody.

Then during the week letters surfaced from two executives of Peabody supporting the restoration of the Biltmore and suggesting the company would help with raising the capital needed for the project.
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CLEARWATER - There are holiday lights on Gulf Boulevard after all. Just days after the Sand Key Civic Association decided it could not afford to pay for lighting up the poles this season, a donor stepped forward and offered to pay the bill, and now there are lights.

Arlene Musselwhite, the outgoing president of the association, said she was surprised when Bill Wolf, the president and owner of Midway Services of Clearwater, called and offered to help.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Attempting to get across busy Indian Rocks Road at the city of Belleair Bluff’s only crosswalk north of West Bay Drive has become a dangerous undertaking. Concern for the safety of pedestrians in the area was the major topic of discussion at the City Commission’s Dec 8 workshop.

The crosswalk, at Sunset Boulevard and Duncan Drive, is especially significant as it sits in the midst of the bustling retail district. Indian Rocks Road is also a popular route for walkers and bicyclists night and day.

There are no pedestrian-operated flashing lights at the crosswalk, although it has been recently repainted, Public Works Director Robert David said.
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Wednesday, December 3
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The new chief of the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District has only been on the job a little over a month, but already he knows what he’d like to do to make the department more efficient, and most of that has to do with money.

Salvatore D’Angelo’s first day on the job was Oct. 3 He was hired to replace Robert Polk, who retired after three years on the job. D’Angelo had been the deputy chief of the North Naples Fire District. He says his biggest challenge is to find a better way to fund the department.
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• Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
American Legion cookout
SEMINOLE – American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., holds a cookout every Saturday and Sunday at the Tiki Bar from 1 to 5 p.m.

Breakfast is held the first Sunday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m. and the monthly spaghetti dinner is held the first Tuesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m.  

The dining room is open to the public. Legion membership is required to purchase alcohol.  

For more information, call 391-6324.
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Farmer’s market
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Farmer’s Market will take place on the first and third Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pop Stansell Park, 797 Florida Ave.

The market will run from November through April.

Featured items will include natural and organic fruits, vegetables, soaps, foods and much more, including a variety of locally produced foods.

Vendor spaces are limited, and can be applied for at www.csapalmharbor.org /market.

CSA Palm Harbor is a part of the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, the entity providing leisure services to the unincorporated residents of Palm Harbor, East Lake, Ozona and Crystal Beach.
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Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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• Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.   Guests are welcome.  

The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.   Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email jmartin2040@tampabay.rr.com.
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• Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Holiday Lights in the Gardens
LARGO – The 14th annual Holiday Lights in the Gardens event will be run Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Parking is available at either 12520 Ulmerton Road or 12211 Walsingham Road.

The gardens are magically transformed into a star-studded venue of more than 750,000 twinkly LED lights daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A stroll through the shining gardens has become a tradition for visitors from both near and far as they are wowed by colorful lasers, animated figures and entertainers at this festive celebration of the holiday season.

A donation of $4 is requested for visitors 13 and older. Children 12 and younger are free. For information, call 582-2147 or visit www.flbg.org.
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Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd. 

On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations. 

Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
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MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions
CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.  

The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.

To help, contact Karena Morrison at 518-4659.
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Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meeting
SEMINOLE – Seminole-SPC Toastmasters meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.

This personal development program is ideal for supervisors and other leaders, or those aspiring to learn vital leadership and communication skills.

Contact Dennis Hamel at 374-2612 or visit seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org for more information.
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• Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.  

The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.  

Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.  

For more details, call 893-7918.
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