BELLEAIR - A private investigator’s report into the alleged wrongdoings by Belleair Police Chief Tom Edwards is expected to be completed shortly after Labor Day. Town Manager Micah Maxwell said he had hoped the report would have been in by now but understood why it is taking longer than expected.
“It is not necessarily not on time,” he said. “As with most inquiries there are people to talk to you didn’t realize were there. The more you investigate the more you discover.”
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - There is one way to make sure the food you eat is ecologically friendly - grow it yourself. In Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores, community gardens are in place to provide residents with the means to grow their own food and manage it themselves.
The two communities use an implement known as an Earthbox. It is as its name implies; a rectangular box that can be placed on the ground or in a stand and in which all manner of vegetables can be grown.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - The city of Belleair Bluffs is conducting a project to replace roads while installing a storm water system beginning Monday, Sept. 1, and ending in April of next year.
The project will include the following streets: Sunset Drive, between Bluff View Drive and Cortez Avenue; Cortez Avenue, between Renatta Drive and Pinehurst Avenue, and Pinehurst Avenue from Lentz Road to dead end.
Any relocation or replacement of potable water lines and sewer lines will take place during the project.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District fire commissioners have narrowed down their search for a new fire chief to two applicants who have extensive leadership experience working for fire districts.
The district received resumes or had inquiries from about 30 candidates for the position.
The two applicants are Michael Tucker, the safety program manager for the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards in Ocala, and Salvatore D’Angelo, deputy chief of fire operations and fleet for the North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District.
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred early Thursday morning on the Indian Rocks Bridge.
Deputies responded to the crash about 4:50 a.m., according to the sheriff’s report. The Jeep, driven by Robin Smith, 49, of Indian Rocks Beach was heading east bound over the bridge when it struck the concrete guardrail on the bridge and overturned coming to rest on the driver side on the drawbridge portion of the bridge.
An eyewitness who saw the crash told deputies that Smith had exited the wrecked vehicle and then walked to the south side of the bridge, climbed over the railing and jumped into the water.
BELLEAIR BLUFFS - Beginning this October, Belleair Bluffs residents and businesses will begin paying a 5 percent tax on their electricity use. The City Commission passed an ordinance creating the tax, while at the same time repealing a law that had required a referendum vote to do so.
The final action on the tax and referendum issue came at the Aug. 18 commission meeting. It concluded several months of discussion on what turned out to be a highly controversial topic. Residents and some business owners packed several meetings to protest the original utility tax proposal, which included a 10 percent tax on all utilities, combined with a millage rate reduction to soften the impact.
The protests caused Mayor Chris Arbutine to recommend cutting the tax from 10 percent to 5 percent, on the advice of Commissioner Suzy Sofer, and limiting it to electricity use only. The millage rate will be left at 5.35 mils.
Labor Day poolside picnic LARGO – Bring the family and a blanket and enjoy your own picnic basket by the pool, during an extended three-hour session at Highland Family Aquatic Center Monday, Sept. 1, noon to 3 p.m.
Enjoy a special family and friends discount admission. Do not bring alcohol or glass into the facility. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open.
Madeira Beach Social Club meeting MADEIRA BEACH – Madeira Beach Social Club meets the first Monday each month at 1 p.m. at Madeira Beach City Hall. Everyone is invited to join the festivities, refreshments and entertainment. In addition to its monthly meetings, club members get together for bridge, canasta and trips to local attractions.
Members do not have to live in Madeira Beach. Membership dues are $10 a year. Call Dianne for more information at 397-3434.
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.
Qi Gong meditation classes ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
The cost is $10 per class.
Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and
is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.
SEMINOLE - American Legion Post 252, 11433 Park Blvd., offers a monthly spaghetti dinner 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.