INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - After more than a year, a memorial for the victims of 9/11 will soon be a reality.
On June 7, dozens of residents and dignitaries from all over Pinellas County gathered in front of the fire hall of the Suncoast Fire & Rescue District in Indian Rocks Beach for the groundbreaking for the memorial.
The idea for the project came in 2011 when the district received a piece of steel, which had come from one of the buildings of the collapsed World trade Center. The decision to create a memorial was led by Fire Inspector Bob Hill who drew a concept incorporating the steel.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The city of Belleair Bluff’s Fourth of July celebration this year will likely be missing one of its most touted elements.
A parade honoring Belleair Bluffs’ 50th anniversary tied in with the Independence Day festivities had been seen as one of the more significant parts of the yearlong schedule of fiftieth birthday activities.
But it probably won’t happen, event coordinator Taylour Shimkus said at the June 17 City Commission meeting. The reason is, not enough participants have signed on.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies don’t suspect foul play in the death of an Indian Rocks Beach woman.
Relatives found the body of Penelope A. Lacy, 58, in the backyard behind her home on Beach Trail about 10:15 a.m. June 15. Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue responded and pronounced her dead. Deputies said the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine cause and manner of death.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - What was thought to be a resolved issue between Belleair Beach and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over the number of parking spaces required for funding of beach renourishment has spurred discussion again.
Now Belleair Beach wants support in its renewed fight with the state.
Indian Rocks Beach Mayor R.B. Johnson told the commission meeting on June 11 that he had received a letter from Belleair Beach asking for help.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - A massive road and sewer project involving Mehlenbacher Road, which runs along the boundary of Belleair Bluffs and Belleair, has started. The road has been closed intermittently for the past two weeks, and more closures are due until the job is completed sometime in August.
Bluffs Public Works Director Robert David gave an update on the project and related work on adjacent roadways at the June 10 city commission meeting. This is a Belleair project, which is now 80 percent complete, David said, based upon the work that has been done in the southwest part of Belleair.
The final 20 percent of the work is focused on Mehlenbacher Road, which is split down the middle between Belleair and Belleair Bluffs. The road has been closed only for a day or two at a time so far, David said. Mehlrose, Eagle’s Nest and Opal Roads, all in Belleair, have been closed for resurfacing, milling and curbing.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The public is invited to attend the city’s annual flag retirement ceremony, which will be held Friday, June 14, noon, in Chic A Si Park, located Fourth Avenue and Second Street in Indian Rocks Beach.
The annual ceremony properly retires American flags, which have become torn and tattered in community service.
American flags may be brought to the ceremony or delivered to Indian Rocks Beach City Hall, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd., or to VFW Post 10094, 14288 Walsingham Road.
BELLEAIR - The American Radio Relay League will hold a field day beginning June 22 at 2 p.m., on the east side of the Belleair Parks and Recreation field.
Field day is a 24-hour event to test amateur radio operators’ ability to set up and operate their radio equipment during and after disaster emergencies.
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the United States and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
BELLEAIR BEACH - The city’s dispute with county and state authorities over public parking requirements needed to qualify for beach renourishment has been reignited.
The issue appeared to be resolved several months ago when the Florida Department of Environmental Protection proposed a rule change that would significantly reduce the number of parking spaces required.
The “final change” would have left Belleair Beach just four spaces short, down from 29 under the current rules.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
No auditions are necessary.
For more information or additional details, call director Anna Bona at 939-2952.
Downtown Optimist Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG - The Downtown Optimist Club meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 6:30 p.m. at Tic Tock Restaurant, 8123 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Call Vi at 527-2656.
English classes PINELLAS PARK – The fall session of English classes for speakers of other languages is beginning at Sacred Heart Catholic School, at 7951 46th Way N.
The free classes are held every Tuesday evening between 6:30 and 8 p.m. They are available to any adult who wishes to learn or perfect their English skills: speaking, reading, writing and comprehension. Walk-ins are welcome. The fall semester ends Dec. 11.
For more information, call 541-4447.
Harmony Home Health caregiver support group LARGO - Harmony Home Health caregiver support group meets Tuesdays, 3 p.m., at 13787 Belcher Road S., Suite 220, Largo. For additional information, call 288-3503.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. at the Seminole Family Restaurant, 6869 Seminole Blvd.
Each meeting features a speaker on various community topics. The public is invited to attend. Call 319-8343.
Meet Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters
SEMINOLE – Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters will be available to meet with citizens at Chick-fil-A, Seminole Plaza, 10790 Park Blvd., on Tuesday, June 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., during the fast food restaurant’s family night event.
Citizens are invited to stop by to meet the mayor and share any input and opinions they have.
Chick-fil-A will provide fun for the kids, including face painting, craft activities sponsored by Seminole Home Depot and a free kid’s size Icedream with toppings.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palm Harbor community chorus PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Centre, 1500 16th St. No auditions are necessary. Call director Anna Bona at 939-2952 for details.
Seminole SPC Toastmasters meeting SEMINOLE – The Seminole SPC Toastmasters group meets Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. at the Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St.
The meetings are open to the public.
Toastmasters exists to help folks become successful speakers and leaders. It is a self-paced, time-tested program that helps participants gain confidence in their personal and professional life.
Visit www.seminolespc.toastmastersclubs.org or call 688-3420.
Seniors play pinochle CLEARWATER – The Senior Citizens Services of Clearwater offers pinochle every Tuesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m., at 1204 Rogers St. Both new and seasoned players are welcome. There is no charge and refreshments are served. Call 442-8104.
TAMPA – The members of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Eastern Airlines Silverliners International will meet Tuesday, June 18, 1 p.m., at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2425 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa.
Silverliners is an organization composed of former flight attendants for Eastern Airlines. The group also invites former flight attendants of other airlines to join.
Six Florida Gulf Coast Chapter members recently returned from an international board meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
For membership information, call Barbara Reed at 813-671-3078 or Janice Henry at 813-837-4312.