Danielle Felten is the new director of special events in Belleair.
BELLEAIR - Danielle Felten is excited about her new position of special events coordinator. She admits filling the shoes of her predecessor, Sara Borger, will be tough, but said she’s up for the challenge.
“I am honored to get this position because it plays a major role in what goes on here at the Rec,” she said. “I know I can do the job, it is both humbling and exciting at the same time. In fact it can be a little overwhelming too.”
Felten, 26, comes prepared and qualified for the position. She has worked in recreation in both Largo and Clearwater and for the past five years has been a recreation programmer in Belleair.
“My main job for the past few years has been involved with kids and their programs,” she said. “I started doing summer camps for kids and that grew into my doing programs for both kids and adults. Because we are so small I got involved in other things, such as marketing and designing flyers and posters.”
Well before that, Felten, in her younger years, participated in the programs in the recreation department.
“I grew up in Largo and went to Largo Middle School and Largo High,” she said. “I came to the Rec a lot with my friends who lived in Belleair; even before the new rec center was built we played on the tennis courts.”
Her time in Largo and Clearwater taught her that Belleair is not the same as those larger cities.
“There is something to be said for this community and its size,” she said. “Belleair Rec is so different and I want to maintain that. Business and families play a huge role in everything that we do. My goal is to keep that and create new ones. I’m excited to establish new relationships. There are still lots of people out there who don’t know what we do.”
As she looks ahead, Felten said people won’t notice much change, at least not right away.
“The outdoor concerts planned for March and April are still on,” she said. “So is the Sunset Run on Feb. 15. It is all part of trying to fill those big shoes.”
Felten knows she’s up for the job, but said a good part of the reason for that is her predecessor and mentor, Borger.
“I can’t easily describe what she has done for me,” she said. “She had an impact both on my personal life, and my role here. Her personality was always so positive; she was always upbeat and happy and you couldn’t help feel the same way when you were around her. She taught me people skills, thinking outside the box, not to give in, not to limit yourself and always dream big.”
Felten concluded by saying Borger, who resigned recently to go into real estate, gave her the ability to move ahead with thoughts and ideas of her own.
“The current community support and partnerships we have is mainly because of her, and maintained because of her. She had a nice relationship with everybody. I may change some things and have my own style and do it my way, but she left me a good guide, it is irreplaceable. I’ll add my own touch, but her guidance, I’m super grateful for.”