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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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• Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Countryside Library book club meeting
CLEARWATER – The Countryside Library, 2741 State Road 580, is continuing its popular book club that meets the third Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Titles for the monthly sessions are as follows:

• Feb. 20 – The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott

• March 20 – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

• April 17 – The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

• May 15 – Still Foolin‘ ’Em, by Billy Crystal

• June 19 – The Ghost of Hannah Mendes, by Naomi Ragen

• July 17 – My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor

• Aug. 21 – Breakfast at Sally’s, by Richard Le Mieux

• Sept. 18 – Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosam

• Oct. 16 – The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon

• Nov. 20 – Luna, by Julie Anne Peters

• Dec. 18 – My Life with Charlie Brown, by Charles Shultz  

Call 562-4970 or visit www.myclearwater.com /cpl.
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Gaming Club
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The Seminole Recreation Division now offers an adult Gaming Club that meets the third Thursday of every month, 5 to 9 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.  

This group is open to individuals 16 and older. Various board and card games will be available. This program is free for members and $3 for nonmembers.  

Call 391-8345 for more information.
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Garden tours
LARGO – Vegetable, herb and tropical fruit garden tours will be offered Thursday, Dec. 18, 9 to 11 a.m., at Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road.

Participants will explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas in the Botanical Gardens and learn about growing their own food. Tours are free and limited to groups of four to 16 people.

Tours are recommended for adults only. Registration is required. Call 582-2100 or visit tinyurl.com /p9rxa6d.  
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Historical Society meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd. Refreshments will be available. Call 541-6206 for more information.
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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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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.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall. The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project. For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
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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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• Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
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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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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