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CLEARWATER - As Hurricane Irma fades a bit further in the rearview mirror, Clearwater leaders and residents are left cleaning up and repairing the damage left in her wake.

While the city on the whole was quite lucky, it was not left totally unscathed.

Clearwater Emergency Management Assistant Chief Javon Graham presented city leaders with a preliminary rough damage assessment for public and private property on Sept. 18 during a council meeting at city hall.
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SAFETY HARBOR - Sawyer Products is working with multiple organizations to distribute approximately 20,000 bucket filtration systems and over 30,000 insect repellents to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

These bucket adapter systems are used in over 80 countries around the world and can filter up to 500 gallons per day. The insect repellents that were sent include the family friendly 20 percent Picaridin spray which is effective on mosquitoes, ticks, and flies as well as our Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for clothing, gear and fabric which is odorless after drying and lasts for six weeks or six washes.

In addition to the standard 0.1 micron absolute bucket filtration systems, the company also is sending some of its brand new Sawyer Select Foam Filtration Systems which launch later this month and will remove chemicals and pesticides where water contamination levels are especially high.
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Tuesday, September 19
CLEARWATER - While Clearwater’s residential trash and recycling collection is being collected on time, yard waste and hurricane debris are taking much longer.

Due to Hurricane Irma, the collection of yard waste/hurricane debris collection will take longer than normal. It is estimated that it will take four to six weeks to complete one pass of yard waste clean-up in Clearwater’s service area.

Clearwater Solid Waste/Recycling crews are working 12-hour shifts to clear yard waste as quickly as they can. Crews have started collecting debris in the northern-most area of Clearwater around Curlew Road and are working their way south.
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Wednesday, September 13
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CLEARWATER - “We dodged a bullet,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, three days following the landfall of Hurricane Irma, a massive storm that arrived Sunday in Florida as a Category 4 and settled into Tampa Bay as a Category 1 early Monday morning.

And there’s no doubt about that. Irma, which was predicted on Sunday to potentially hit the area as a Category 3 hurricane, could have left a far more damaging mark on the area. As it is, millions - including a majority of Clearwater residents - have been left without power, with gas in high demand and frustrations bubbling over.
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Tuesday, September 12
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CLEARWATER -- The city of Clearwater is working to get back on its feet following Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Marco Island on Sept. 10.

All city offices reopened today (Sept. 12), although some facilities remained closed. Clearwater Main Library and North Greenwood library branches are open and operating at normal capacity. Countryside Library is open but does not currently have internet or phone service. The East and Beach branches remain closed today and it is unknown when they will reopen.
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Thursday, September 7
CLEARWATER - Council members were given a bit of insight into how their constituents view the city they call home courtesy of a recently released community survey that measures the livability of cities.

And for the most part, residents are happy to hang their hat in Clearwater.

Public Communications Director Joelle Castelli presented city leaders with the results of the National Citizens Survey during a workshop on Sept. 5 at city hall.
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CLEARWATER - A number of new items and changes to existing items to the Penny for Pinellas project list were brought before city leaders Tuesday for consideration.

The changes, which reflect an increase of more than $6.7 million, were presented during a council workshop on Sept. 5 at city hall.

Penny for Pinellas, a tax levy that funds infrastructure projects throughout the county, is up for voter renewal in November.
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Thursday, August 31
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater was set to celebrate its diverse cultural demographic during the second annual Diversity Day.

The event, themed “Celebrating and Embracing the Diversity of the World,” was slated to take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Station Square Park and along Cleveland Street in the city’s downtown corridor.

However, due to Hurricane Irma, the event has been canceled. City officials say if possible the event will be rescheduled.
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Thursday, August 24
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CLEARWATER - For many, Tim Tebow isn’t just a former college and pro football player or a current Minor League baseball player. He is a phenomenon, a singular personality idolized by millions of fans of all ages and a role model to men, women and children across the world.

Last week, the spectacle known as Tebowmania enveloped Spectrum Field in Clearwater, as the former University of Florida and NFL quarterback continued his quest to play Major League Baseball when his Single-A team, the St. Lucie Mets, took on the Clearwater Threshers for a four-game series beginning Monday, Aug. 14 through Thursday, Aug. 17.
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CLEARWATER - City leaders last week moved forward with a number of improvements planned for facilities all across the Clearwater area that will benefit both residents and tourists alike.

Clearwater City Council members approved grant agreements with the Pinellas County Tourist Development Council for renovations of three facilities and approved a contract for architectural services for a fourth during its regular meeting Aug. 16 at city hall.

The TDC, which is responsible for making recommendations to the county about future uses of the tourist development tax, coordinates with local municipalities on how to best spend those funds on capital improvements that will benefit and promote tourism in Pinellas County.
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CLEARWATER - Republican Representative Larry Ahern got an earful from Clearwater council members last week as they voiced their frustrations with a Legislature that has championed a higher homestead exemption for the coming year and a proposal that would restrict home rule.

Ahern appeared before city leaders on Aug. 16 at city hall to give an “end of session report,” which is ostensibly a recap of the Legislature’s efforts while in session.

Unfortunately for the representative, council members were less than impressed and were vocal in their dissatisfaction.
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CLEARWATER - The year 1917 was an auspicious one - The U.S. declared war on Germany and entered into the fray of World War I; Albert Einstein wrote his first paper outlining the theory of relativity in relation to the cosmos; and the modern zipper as we know it today was created.

And four very special women came into this world.

And now, 100 years later, those same four women are a testament to a century’s worth of good living. They’ve lived through two world wars, the Great Depression and the Great Recession. They’ve seen man step foot on the moon and the Berlin Wall go up and come down.
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Thursday, August 17
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Threshers and their fans got a taste of the phenomenon known as Tebowmania on Monday night, as former Florida Gators quarterback and current St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow came to town for a four-game series at Spectrum Field.

The 30-year-old Jacksonville native is attempting to make it to the Major Leagues following the conclusion of his professional football career, and his promotion to high Single-A St. Lucie has led to record-setting attendance numbers and fan frenzies at every stop.
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