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A mouth-watering event
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Photo by JAY RICHMOND
The chefs from Shor serve up PEI Mussels during the eighth annual Clearwater Beach Taste Fest May 12.
CLEARWATER - Seven years ago, Habitat for Humanity took on the task of developing more than 50 homes in the North Greenwood neighborhood of Clearwater. Now, the nonprofit organization dedicated to providing home ownership for families in need has one home left to check off its list.

Habitat CEO Mike Sutton appeared before the Clearwater City Council on May 25 at City Hall to offer thanks and recognition for the city’s support over the years.

“I want to thank the city of Clearwater for its continued support of our organization here in Pinellas County,” Sutton said. “This year alone, we will partner with 56 families as they realize their dream of home ownership.”
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Ehlers appeared before the city council on May 25 to update leaders on his department on the midst of National EMS Week, which is celebrated May 21-27.

“Like many other municipalities across America, both large and small, Clearwater Fire and Rescue plays a big part in providing EMS services to the community and I couldn’t be more proud of this service our men and women provide the community,” said Ehlers.

According to Ehlers, EMS calls are increasing on a yearly basis. Over the last six years, EMS calls have increased more than 28 percent.
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Thursday, May 18
CLEARWATER - Clearwater city council members received an update on a transportation work program Monday during a workshop held at City Hall.

Senior transportation planner Zain Adam provided a roadmap of sorts for the city’s path to creating an efficient roadway mobility plan.

Key points to this plan include the creation of citywide Complete Streets design policy, updating the city’s bicycle and pedestrian master plan and the acquisition of Bicycle Friendly Community certification.
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CLEARWATER - The following road and lane closures will occur in the city of Clearwater:

- The intersection of Mango Street at El Dorado Avenue will be closed to through-traffic through May 24 due to stormwater improvements. Local and emergency traffic only will be allowed through. Detour route: Mandalay Avenue.

- Weston Drive from Otten Street to Sandy Lane is currently closed to through-traffic now through May 30, due to construction related to traffic calming. Local and emergency traffic will be allowed through, only. Detour: Highland Avenue.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater Business SPARK recently announced Pinellas County SCORE as its newest partner to support entrepreneurs and small business owners.

As a partner of Clearwater Business SPARK, SCORE offers real-world business mentoring, support tools, business workshops and business events to help a business owner prosper. Now SCORE will use its expertise to team up with Clearwater Business SPARK and its partners to help people start a business and help those with existing businesses in greater Clearwater.

“As one of the most established business growth resources in Pinellas County, SCORE is honored to join Clearwater Business SPARK as a partner,” said Walter McCracken, Pinellas County SCORE chapter chair, in a press release. “This partnership will just strengthen the existing relations SCORE has with the Pinellas County business community.”
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CLEARWATER - MarineMax recently received two American Advertising Awards from the American Advertising Federation of Florida.

Having won awards at both the local and now district level, the MarineMax entries will be moving on to the national level.

At the district level, the MarineMax marketing team received a Silver ADDY Award in the category of Online, Film, Video, and Sound, Branded Content and a Gold ADDY Award in the category of Online Film, Video, and Sound, Sales Presentation both for their campaign MarineMax Yachts Galeon 500 Fly.
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The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys recently recognized the performance of Mark Perenich, a personal injury attorney based in Clearwater, as Two Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the 10 Best List must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of personal injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction.
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Thursday, May 11
CLEARWATER - Clearwater Day Spa has opened and is offering professional specialized therapies for people experiencing frozen shoulder, arthritis pain, migraines and headaches, neck/shoulder pain, back pain, knee/joint pain, and general muscle tension.

Clearwater Day Spa’s philosophy is to soothe the mind and heal the body in a holistic and effective manner. The certified and registered massage therapist is classically trained in traditional Chinese methods and is an expert in hot stone therapy, Ashiatsu massage, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, pregnancy massage, and has over 15 years experience in cupping, Moxibustion therapy, Tui Na massage and acupressure massage.

Clearwater Day Spa is at 2723 Belle Haven Drive, Clearwater.
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CLEARWATER - Insurance Business America recently released its Top Producers 2017 report recognizing Clearwater-based producer Eric Beck of Bouchard Insurance as one of the best performers in the industry.

From an overwhelming number of nominations, Insurance Business America culled the list to 100 Producers who had a personal book of business worth $750,000 or more (net commissions) in 2016.

“This year’s winners come from all walks of life and all regions of the country,” said Heather Turner, IBA journalist. “Although experience says a lot, the producers on this list proved that it’s not everything, for nearly 44 percent of our Top Producers have been in the business for 10-25 years, while 24 percent have been in it for less than 10 years. Impressively, a couple of this year’s Top Producers made their mark in just under five years.”
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Thursday, May 4
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CLEARWATER - In continued efforts to rebrand its city center, city leaders unanimously approved a new logo for downtown Clearwater as presented by the Community Redevelopment Agency.

CRA director Seth Taylor appeared before the Clearwater City Council on May 1 during a workshop at City Hall.

Taylor presented council members with a new logo developed in conjunction with Sparxoo, a digital marketing and website design firm in Tampa, the CRA, city staff and a group of downtown stakeholders.
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CLEARWATER - Attendees will have an opportunity to network with the Clearwater Business SPARK partners to learn about the latest local resources for start-ups, small business owners and entrepreneurs on Wednesday, May 24, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater.

The “Discover, Create, Innovate: Entrepreneurial, Small Business and Makerspace Event” will allow participants to meet and learn about Clearwater Business SPARK and its partners who are effective in helping to start, grow and expand businesses in greater Clearwater.

The event also will introduce participants to the numerous free and easy-to-use business tools available at the Multimedia and Innovation Studios at Clearwater Main Library’s Studios@Main.
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CLEARWATER - Meet staff from the city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency and Engineering Department to learn about the plans for the street improvement project along Cleveland Street from Missouri Avenue to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

City staff will present detailed plans of the project during two meetings:

- Nature’s Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 9
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CLEARWATER - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 36 percent of U.S. adults are obese. In Florida, 64 percent of adults are at an unhealthy weight according to the Florida Department of Health.

Clearwater is on a mission to change that by enacting policies shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition.

The city’s work to get people healthy is being highlighted by the Florida Department of Health awarding Clearwater with the Healthy Weight Community Champion Award for the fourth straight year in a row.
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CLEARWATER - A major developer and designer of fishing rods, reels, baits and apparel has moved its office, product design center and distribution warehouse to Clearwater.

13 Fishing opened its Clearwater headquarters in October 2016 with 30 employees who work in product development, customer service, accounting and warehouse.

“For a fishing company, it doesn’t get much better,” said Jim Coble, president and founder of 13 Fishing. “You want to have a certain lifestyle. Clearwater provides a pretty amazing lifestyle.”
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CLEARWATER - Punta Gorda-based Fat Point Brewing recently finalized a deal to associate with Big Storm Brewing Co. based in Clearwater.

The two breweries will be associated together under Big Storm’s parent company Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings.

“We are all very excited about our new affiliation with Big Storm, and throughout this process have discovered several similarities in our culture and goals. Our values and vision have not faltered, which is to continue to deliver a great beer and customer experience,” said Fat Point Brewing founder Bill Frazer.
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CLEARWATER - The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys recently recognized the performance of Florida personal injury attorney Matthew Dolman as one of 2017’s 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of personal injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction.
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CLEARWATER - The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys recently recognized the performance of Florida family law attorney Kinnear K. Smith as Two Years 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of family law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction.
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Thursday, April 27
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CLEARWATER - Ever since Michele Smith burst onto the national scene more than two decades ago, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and longtime ESPN softball analyst said she regularly gets recognized for two things - her iconic hairstyle and her softball success.

But while her ringed blonde locks and wicked riseball helped catapult her to international superstardom after she led Team USA to consecutive gold medals in 1996 and 2000, Smith has remained firmly connected to the greater Clearwater area, a place she used to visit as a kid and where she now donates a great deal of her time to promoting the sport.
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CLEARWATER - In efforts to move forward with implementation of a variety of suggestions put forth to city leaders in the Imagine Clearwater master plan, the Clearwater Parks and Recreation department is working to increase entertainment offerings in downtown Clearwater, specifically Coachman Park, Station Square Park and the East Gateway area.

Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Dunbar updated city council members during a strategic planning session on plans to activate the downtown entertainment district by scheduling multiple events throughout the week that would serve to bring more people to the area.

“Basically, what we are looking to do, is looking at expanding event opportunities and cultural opportunities,” Dunbar said. “We’ve been working the CRA to come up with a common piece. We’re focused right now on enhancing our existing events and try to expand those to be even greater.”
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