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BELLEAIR - One of the reasons the town of Belleair bought the Belleview Biltmore Golf Course was to make sure there would never be any development on the property. The course is valued green space in the community and stands over the town’s water supply, which could be disrupted if residential or commercial development were ever to take place on the property.

During the debate over the fate of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel more than two years ago one of the hotel’s owners, Daniel Ades, told the commission that he and his brother could sell the golf course to a developer as a way to make money. That angered the town’s commissioners, particularly Mayor Gary Katica, who vowed that it would never happen. He didn’t have a legal leg to stand on until Town Manager Micah Maxwell came up with the idea of having the town buy the course. That way it could remove development rights and preserve the green space.

Part of the $13 million dollar deal forgave the Ades brothers the $275,000 it owed in fines levied because of the deteriorating state of the hotel. The brothers had threatened to foreclose on their own mortgage thus wiping out the liens. The town saw the purchase of the golf course as a way to get something out of potentially nothing. It also got $50,000 in cash from the brothers as part of the deal.

The deal closed two years ago, yet the development rights remain on the property. Several times Maxwell and Town Attorney David Ottinger said the development rights would be removed in due course. At one point Maxwell said: “We own the course and we aren’t going to develop it so there is no rush.”
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Strategic visioning, where residents, business owners and other interested parties become involved in a process to chart a community’s future course, has been a topic of interest at recent Bluffs city commission meetings.

Commissioner Jack Nazario has been a strong advocate of the process, which he said would create a course for the city’s development in coming years by determining “where we are, where we want to be and how to get there.”

“We want to sit down to determine goals and objectives, come up with a plan to get to those objectives and know that the city’s residents are behind us,” Nazario said at a commission meeting in September.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Everyone seems to agree a canopy effect would be nice all along Gulf Boulevard in the city; they just can’t agree on how it should be done. The idea of formalizing the canopy effect was brought before the commission meeting on Nov. 12, and it was clear early in the discussion that agreement on how to achieve the goal was a long way off.

The idea of a canopy effect first came up at a Planning and Zoning Board meeting earlier this year. To get professional advice on the matter the board asked a Pinellas County extension agent to weigh in.
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Wednesday, November 12
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BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Since the Belleair Beach Causeway Bridge opened in 2007, boaters, fishermen and other visitors to the marina have been without any type of concession facility. That is about to change.

Plans for construction of a new bait house were presented at the Belleair Bluffs Nov. 10 workshop meeting. Paul Cozzie, bureau director of Pinellas County Parks and Recreation, said the operation would offer much more than bait.
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INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - The city is currently planning its annual holiday street parade and invites organizations to participate.

The parade lineup converges at noon Sunday, Dec. 7, along East Gulf Boulevard and at 1 p.m. it will begin to weave throughout each finger, ending at Kolb Park, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd.

Following the conclusion of the holiday street parade, the city will host the annual children’s holiday party at the civic auditorium.
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Tuesday, November 11
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BELLEAIR - More than 350 people, residents of Belleair, watched as a dream became a reality and the town got a signature centerpiece that honors the military in a location that can’t be missed. The fountain at Hunter Memorial Park was officially opened after a two-year effort to raise the money needed for the project.

It happened on Nov. 9, Veterans Day weekend as one man put it, and given the nature of the fountain, the timing of the opening couldn’t have been better.
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BELLEAIR - Yet another potential roadblock preventing the demolition of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel has been removed. On Nov. 7, the federal court dismissed a lawsuit against the town and the owners of the hotel.

Preservationist Rae Claire Johnson and two Belleair residents, Doris Hanson and Mary Lou White, filed the lawsuit back in May. They claimed, among other things, that the town was acting illegally in moving forward with changes to the zoning designation and not doing more to protect the hotel from deterioration. They also claimed the owners were allowing the hotel to wither, to what they called demolition by neglect.

The court, in its ruling, said essentially it had no jurisdiction over the issues brought forth in the suit and therefore could not hear the case.
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Saturday, November 8
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BELLEAIR - What is arguably the busiest intersection in Belleair is closed and it will remain that way for months.

Indian Rocks Road and Ponce De Leon Boulevard, located in the center of town, is closed to traffic in all directions to make way for the construction of a new roundabout, something that has been planned for months.

Town officials and commissioners hope the roundabout will solve what is essentially a safety issue at the intersection. The issue was discussed at the commission’s meeting Nov. 5. Town Manager Micah Maxwell said it is not something four-way stop signs could solve.
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• Sunday, Nov. 23, 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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Sandings Ovations
TREASURE ISLAND – The sixth annual Sanding Ovations Masters Cup Sand Sculpture Competition and Music Festival is Nov. 20-23 on the beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort.

The top four sculptures and a people’s choice sculpture will be awarded $12,000 in cash prizes. Admission is free.

The exhibition of sand sculpting talent at the world-class level is the big appeal. The event also includes a beach food court, an arts and crafts marketplace and three days of live music.
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Spanish music concert
LARGO – The Spanish music of Cuban composer Ernesto LeCuona’s will be presented Sunday, Nov. 23, 3 p.m., at Christ Presbyterian Church, 3115 Dryer Ave.

Debbie Rivera, music director at the church, will perform LeCuona’s Suite Andalucía for piano. For information, call 584-8695 or visit largocpc.com.
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Sunsation Show Chorus concert
PINELLAS PARK – The Sunsation Show Chorus presents its “Celebrate America” showcase on Sunday, Nov. 23, 3 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N.

This performance will include music that reflects America’s patriotism, culture, diversity and history.

General admission tickets are $15. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $12 each. Season tickets are $30.  

For more information, call 530-7190.
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Thanksgiving Sunday worship
CLEARWATER – Chapel-By-The-Sea will celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday, Nov. 23, at the 10 a.m. worship service. Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church is at 54 Bay Esplanade.

The Rev. Herb Freitag’s sermon is titled “In Place of Larger Barns” with the scripture from Luke 12:16-21. The special music will include Marilyn Michael and Nicole Cavalani singing a duet, “Bless This House,” and Dennis Saloky on saxophone with medley of “We Gather Together” and “Count Your Blessings.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring gifts of nonperishable food and turkeys (fresh or frozen) for the food bank at RCS. After church, attendees will have an opportunity to help decorate the church for Christmas. Church and youth Sunday school begin at 10 a.m. Adult Sunday school begins at 9 a.m.

For the coach pick-up schedule and route, call 446-0430. Visit www.chapelbythesea.net.  
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• Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
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, Nov. 25, 2014
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, Nov. 26, 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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