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Photo by LINDA STACK TRIBUZIO
The Clearwater Memorial Causeway, foreground, and the Sand Key Bridge are silhouetted at sunset Nov. 6.
CLEARWATER - In its continuing effort to ease traffic congestion on Clearwater Beach, the city has awarded the Clearwater Ferry Service a two-year contract to provide a water taxi service for the city and its surrounding areas.

Council members approved the contract during a regular meeting of the Clearwater City Council on Nov. 17 at city hall.

The contract, in the amount of $439,820.04, was the most responsible bid put forth following the city’s request for bidders earlier this year.
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater will host the final round of community workshops next week as it works to create a master plan for the downtown waterfront area.

The Imagine Clearwater workshops will be held:

- Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive.
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Thursday, November 10
CLEARWATER - Clearwater city council approved a memorandum of understanding between the city's police department ant Westfield Countryside shopping center that will allow authorities access to its surveillance systems during an active shooter or other significant life-saving event.

Clearwater Police Department Chief Dan Slaughter made the request before the council during its regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 3 at city hall.

"The Clearwater PD and property manager have developed the terms and conditions outlined in the MOU between Westfield property management and Clearwater Police Department," Slaughter said.
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency has announced Jennifer Pearl as the winner of its Downtown Gateway Art Project.

Pearl was honored on Nov. 3 during an unveiling ceremony in downtown Clearwater where she was presented with a check for $500.

Pearl’s design will be displayed along a prominent 387-foot long fence in the downtown gateway at Cleveland Street between Lincoln Avenue and Betty Lane.
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Thursday, November 3
CLEARWATER - Clearwater city leaders approved a request from Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter for the purchase of license plate recognition equipment during a council workshop on Oct. 31 at city hall.

The $100,642 purchase is a shared network coordinated by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office, which has agreed to cover the costs associated with the support and maintenance of the city’s new devices, Slaughter said.

“The current police department LPR technology is outdated, limiting, and does not have the ability to seamlessly integrate with other LPR technology implemented in Pinellas County,” Slaughter said.
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CLEARWATER - Duke Energy recently presented a $10,000 grant to the Homeless Empowerment Program as part of the company’s Victories for Veterans campaign in partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays.

HEP is an award-winning social services agency in Clearwater providing homeless and very low-income families and individuals, including veterans, with the support services necessary to obtain independence. The $10,000 grant will benefit residents of HEP West, a veteran housing facility.

“This life-changing grant from Duke Energy will allow us to provide our veterans with an array of vital services, including one-on-one case management, transportation to the Bay Pines VA, medical and dental care, mental health counseling, and much more,” said Terrance McAbee, HEP president and CEO, in a press release. “Thanks to corporate partners like Duke Energy, last year HEP was able to assist 593 veterans on their way to independence and self-sufficiency.”
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CLEARWATER - United Taxi owner Nick Cambas, who has worked in the taxi business in Clearwater since he was a teenager in the 1970s, has been selected as the 2016 Taxicab Operator of the Year by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association.

The award comes in part because of United Taxi’s demonstrated effectiveness in public-private partnerships and its use of digital technology to consistently expand customer services. Among other innovations, Cambas’ company is known for its partnership with Pinellas County in helping bridge the gap between commuters’ homes and where bus routes end.

“Nick has not just survived in the current transportation climate, he’s excelled,” said TLPA CEO Alfred LaGasse in a press release. “He brought in digital technology early on, and now he’s working with local governments to make transportation smoother for thousands of people. He’s a true leader in our field.”
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Thursday, November 3
CLEARWATER - Clearwater leaders authorized an expenditure of $204,500 to fund phase two of the city’s wayfinding and signage plan during the Oct. 20 meeting of the council at city hall.

The approval comes nine months after the city approved an initial contract to MERJE, a nationally recognized firm with community wayfinding experience, in the amount of $64,295. The scope of the contract included a plan to strengthen the U.S. 19 corridor brand identity and key destinations, as well as to help drivers navigate frontage roads and access highways and direct pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists in the area.

After meeting with stakeholders along the corridor and government agencies, along with public meetings, MERJE completed a proposed design for the area.
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CLEARWATER - A local developer has taken umbrage over what he considers a mischaracterization of plans to develop mooring fields in Clearwater’s Mandalay Channel.

In the Oct. 14 edition of the Clearwater Beacon, TBN reported on Clearwater residents voicing their concerns to the city council over developer William Blackwood’s proposed building of the mooring fields.

Blackwood, who was not present during the Oct. 5 meeting at city hall, reached out to TBN in an effort to have his voice heard over the proposed project.
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CLEARWATER - The Heart of Pinellas Decorative Artists has partnered with a Peace Corp volunteer to help children at Schoolfield Primary and Infant School in the rural mountainous area of Jamaica. This region, far away from the tourist areas, is extremely poor with a lack of supplies of all kinds. After learning of the children’s many needs, the group adopted the school and donated money, art supplies and books as one of their philanthropic projects. The 80-plus members of HPDA have several ongoing philanthropic projects including donating non-perishable food items to a local food bank, supporting several families during the holiday season with food and gifts, and going into assisted living facilities to help residents with craft projects.

HPDA is the local chapter of the international group, the Society of Decorative Painters. They meet the second Saturday of the month (except March and December) at First Lutheran Church, 1644 Nursery Road, Clearwater.

In addition to a short business meeting, the group participates in an art project using a variety of mediums such as acrylics, watercolor, colored pencil, mixed media, and oils. HPDA also holds several workshops throughout the year with local and national instructors and hosts “learn to paint” seminars for beginners who wish to try a decorative art project.
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CLEARWATER - Florida Methodist Bishop Ken Carter appointed the Rev. Sara McKinley as director of the newly-created Office of Clergy Excellence - or, as McKinley calls it, “Pastor to the Pastors.”

McKinley left her post as senior pastor in Gainesville to establish new offices in Lakeland with a mission of “developing young clergy and clergy who have the skills for what’s next in the church in the future.”

McKinley acknowledges that becoming more inclusive can be an uncomfortable process but she predicts it soon could become a critical issue for the church.
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CLEARWATER - Headed by co-managing partners Amanda Powers Sellers and Jenna Finkelstein, the law firm of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein PLC is celebrating its fifth anniversary in December.

Current and prospective clients are invited to their new, larger offices at 1465 South Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 202, in Clearwater, and to take advantage of their added personal injury coverage.

With combined litigation experience of more than 24 years, both have been practicing in Florida since 2004. Both worked in various capacities for the government before joining forces to open their firm in December 2011.
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