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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - A committee is trying to increase flood insurance awareness in Indian Rocks Beach and hopes to reduce the rates that property owners pay for their policies.

The city’s Program for Public Information Committee is trying to get the word out about flood insurance as part of the steps the city takes to upgrade their rating through the National Flood Insurance Program’s system.

Indian Rocks Beach Planning and Zoning Director Danny Taylor said the city reduced rates by 5 percent five years ago. With the help of the committee, the city hopes to reduce the rates an additional 5 percent this year.
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BELLEAIR - When the town of Belleair bought the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club two years ago, the concern was how good an investment it would be for the town.

Putting $3.5 million into anything for a town with just 4,000 residents can be a risky proposition. Putting it into a golf course that constantly needs to market itself and do business is even riskier still.

The man who runs the course and has been around golf all his life said he is confident the Belleview Biltmore will be successful.
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Wednesday, May 20
BELLEAIR - The bulk of renovations at Belleair Town Hall will begin in the next two weeks with the work expected to be finished in two months.

City commissioners May 19 authorized Town Manager Micah Maxwell approve all spending up to $130,000 on the Town Hall renovations. The commission had approved a budget of $130,000 for the project as part of the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget, but the city manager’s spending limit on project items was $20,000.

The request is “so we don’t have to keep on coming back to the commission every time we have an item that’s over $20,000. I’m sure there will be some of those items. Air conditioning is one that comes first to mind, and we expect to get that rolling as soon as we can,” Maxwell said.
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - An August or September opening is planned for the long anticipated bait house and convenience store the county is building on the Belleair Causeway Bridge. Public Works Director Robert David gave an update of the store’s status at the May 18 City Commission meeting. The project began in January.

David said the building is now nearly complete and would be finished by the end of June. A concessionaire must be hired and other operational functions taken care of before the doors can be opened to the public, he said.
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The Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach May 13 welcomed guest speaker Lisa Trunzo, executive director of Hannah’s Homeless, who related her personal story and the story of the Hannah’s Homeless organization.

Hannah’s Homeless is a collective group of compassionate humanitarians who provide support and services to the St. Petersburg’s homeless population. That support is in the form of clean clothes, personal hygiene items, non-perishable food items and laundry services for their daily influx of needy homeless.
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Wednesday, May 13
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - What began as a series of changes to clean up the language in the city of Indian Rocks Beach’s noise and alcohol establishment ordinances turned into an evening long discussion over what does or does not constitute too much noise and who is qualified to decide that.

The debate at the commission meeting on May 12 began with Heather Boles, owner of the Sand Bar and Grill on Gulf Boulevard. Her establishment was suspended from having live music for nearly four months because she received three violations of the noise ordinance. She told the commission it was all because of one neighbor who constantly complains.

“It is not fair that one or two people can hurt a business with unfair demands and unfounded complaints,” she said. “It happened during the season and has hurt my business greatly.”
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Hundreds of people are expected to join hands on the beach in Indian Rocks Beach Saturday, May 16, to help raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and efforts to seek clean energy solutions.

The annual Hands Across the Sand/Land gathering will be held at noon May 16 at the county park between 17th and 18th avenues, across Gulf Boulevard from Guppy’s. Check-in is at 11 a.m.

Dave Rauschkolb founded Hands Across The Sand/Land in October 2009. Hands Across The Sand/Land is endorsed by national environmental organizations including Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Gulf Restoration Network, and Center for a Sustainable Coast. In-kind supporters are Urban Paradise Guild and Blue Frontier Campaign.
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Community Calender
• Thursday, May 28, 2015
Author talk and book-signing
DUNEDIN – Author Fawn Germer will host a talk and book-signing event on Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m., at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave.

Germer – a bestselling, Oprah-featured author and speaker – will talk about her new book, “Reset.” After a year of grief, loss and hard knocks, Germer trekked 70 miles of Pinellas County beach and discovered the power of reset.

A books-signing will follow the program. Call 289-3080.
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Indian Rocks Beach Library story time
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library. The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Children of all ages are invited.
Oil painting classes
INDIAN SHORES – Oil painting classes are held Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Indian Shores Municipal Building, 19305 Gulf Blvd.

Classes are for both beginners and the more experienced intermediate artists. New students begin with basic fundamentals and move toward working independently from their own photographs or subject matter. Class time consists of a demo, an instructional time, painting time, and  critique time. Instructor Betsy Schoepf works with each student individually.

Students will learn about paints, brushes, color mixing, composition, and all of the basics needed to form a foundation in traditional oil painting.  Individual creativity is emphasized.

The class fee is $25 per session. The class is continuous. No membership is necessary. For more information, call 595-1083 or email betsyschoepf@gmail.com.
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Ombudsman local council meeting
LARGO – The local council of Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.

The local council is seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided.

All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents – who often have no one else to advocate for them – are encouraged to call 888-831-0404 or visit the program’s website at ombudsman.myflorida.com.

The local council meets to discuss the program’s current activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues on the fourth Thursdays at the Mary Grizzle Building, 11351 Ulmerton Road, Room 136, in Largo. The open session of these meetings begins at 1 p.m.

Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.
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Pinellas Seminole Women’s Club indoor picnic
SEMINOLE – The Pinellas Seminole Women’s Club will host an indoor picnic Thursday, May 28, 11:30 a.m., at Freedom Square’s Roskamp Auditorium, 7800 Liberty Lane.

Cost is $12 for lunch. Funds raised will be used to provide scholarships to women. For more information, call 581-8745.  
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Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The GFWC Seminole Junior Woman’s Club meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.

The group is dedicated to serving the community, particularly through programs helping children. Club activities include providing dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg; and the SJWC’s annual “Share Our Spirit” food drive, which helps feed Seminole children during the winter holiday break.

Call 398-0558 for more information.
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Treasure Islettes bingo games
TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Islettes conduct bingo games every Thursday evening at the Treasure Island Community Center on 106th Avenue.

Early bird games begin at 6:45 p.m. and regular games at 7:45 p.m. The games benefit fundraising efforts for local scholarships.

Amenities include a snack bar, free coffee and cash prizes. No alcohol is allowed and persons under 18 will not be admitted.
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Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden tours
LARGO – Tours of the Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden will be offered Thursdays, May 14 and 28, 9 to 11 a.m., at the UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County, 12520 Ulmerton Road.

The tour gives participants an opportunity to explore the vegetable garden, compost demonstration area, herb garden and the tropical fruit garden of the Florida Botanical Gardens to learn about growing their own food. Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people. Advance registration required.

To register, visit www.growpinellas.eventbrite.com.
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Women’s Leadership Council
SEMINOLE  – The Women’s Leadership Council will meet Thursday, May 28, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce office, 7985 113th St. N.

The guest speaker is Julie Weintraub of the Golden Diamond Source. She’ll speak on “How to Turn a Business into a Valuable Commodity.” All are welcome. Call 392-3245 for more information.
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• Friday, May 29, 2015
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings
Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave.

The cost is $3 and $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.

Call 734-0757  
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