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CLEARWATER - They came from near (Clearwater, Oldsmar) and far (Lutz, Tarpon Springs) to race down Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater, as dozens of racers of all ages participated in the 8th annual Achieva Box Car Rally on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The event, which has raised more than $175,000 for Pinellas County schools since its inception in 2010, once again put the “fun” in fundraising, as evidenced by the looks on the faces of the racers as they steered their homemade and kit cars down the steep hill at the intersection of Osceola Avenue and Cleveland Street.

“It’s a special event because we get families working together,” Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said prior to the start of the event. “Today, sometimes we lose sight of the importance of mentoring children, so we salute Achieva not only for helping public schools, but for helping to keep family units together.”
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Marine Aquarium needs the city to approve a $5 million Capital Funding Grant, so it can expand its marine life rescue facility and doesn’t have to keep turning away dolphins in need of rehabilitation.

At its regular meeting, Thursday night, the council was expected to decide whether to approve a Capital Funding Agreement with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium that includes a one-time grant of $3 million and one-time matching grant for $2 million. The Beacon went to press before the meeting.
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CLEARWATER BEACH - For the sixth year in a row the Beach is about to explode with art, chalk art, art on the sidewalks, art you walk on. The Beach Chalk Art Festival is being held from Oct. 20th to the 22nd.

The Festival is sponsored by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce. The President and CEO of that organization, Darlene Kole, says they chose chalk art as a way of making sure the festival was family friendly.
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CLEARWATER - Martin Hughes, a quality assurance software tester, plans to run for Clearwater City Council, Seat 4.

Hughes, a native of South Korea, said he wants to bring a diversity of race, age and ideas to the council.
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Thursday, October 12
CLEARWATER - In his annual address before the City Council, City Manager Bill Horne said he thinks the city is moving in the right direction as it continues to grow and redefine itself in the 21st Century.

“We are highlighting what we have done,” Horne said of his address. “We would be here all night if we went through every accomplishment that we have made over the last fiscal year and the good work that our staff has done.”
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Thursday, October 5
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CLEARWATER - The Achieva Box Car Rally, a family friendly event that serves as a supersized fundraiser for Pinellas County Schools, returns to Downtown Clearwater on Oct. 14.

The event, which is free to attend and attracts hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators to Cleveland Street and the surrounding area, has contributed more than $150,000 to county schools since its inception in 2010, according to Achieva officials.

“The Box Car Rally is one of our most popular community events and allows participants and spectators to have a little old-school fun,” Achieva Credit Union Chief Executive Officer Gary Regoli said in a press release announcing the event. “With each coming year, this event raises more and more money for us to give back to our local classrooms. The best part is, everyone one has a fantastic time while doing it.” 
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CLEARWATER - Are you looking for a way to beat the heat this weekend? What if at the same time you could help support a local foundation dedicated to helping others? All while enjoying the best brews Tampa Bay has to offer.

If you answered yes, then look no farther than Spectrum Field.
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The studio will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It also will open on weekday and weekend evenings during special events in downtown Clearwater.

The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency will host the Second Century Clearwater exhibit at Second Century Studios to showcase, introduce and educate the public to initiatives designed to enhance downtown Clearwater.
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CLEARWATER - Residents and associates at Regency Oaks Clearwater have been busy writing, filming, directing and editing their own movie for Brookdale’s inaugural Celebrate Aging Film Festival.

The festival was created to help change the perception of aging and to communicate a positive, uplifting or touching message that celebrates aging. The project was an opportunity for residents and associates to work together on a creative project using the iPad technology at each of the senior living communities.
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Thursday, September 28
CLEARWATER - Clearwater council members have approved a resolution to amend a law that will allow the city to move forward with plans set forth in its downtown master plan.

Leaders unanimously approved a resolution on Sept. 18 during a council meeting at city hall that asks state lawmakers to amend the Special Act of 1925, which will allow the city to relocate a bandshell along the waterfront, as outlined by Imagine Clearwater, a $55-million redevelopment plan that calls for a dramatic redevelopment of an area often identified as one of the city’s least utilized assets.
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CLEARWATER - Nearly 500 athletes of all ages from around the world will compete in seven Olympic-style beach sports this weekend as the Sunshine State Games International Beach Games take place at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

This is the third year the Games, which feature competitions in Beach Rugby, Beach Tennis, Beach Ultimate, Beach Powerlifting, Scottish Heavy Athletics, Ultra Weight Pentathlon and Under 19 Super Weight Throw, will utilize Clearwater’s wide, sugar sand beaches as the home base for the event, and according to organizers, the spot is an ideal one for the competition.
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SAFETY HARBOR - The city of Safety Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency provides economic incentives encouraged by the Downtown Master Plan. Downtown Partnership Grant funding is available this fall for projects within the Community Redevelopment District. The application deadline is Oct. 16.

Grant categories include: building facade, front porch, fencing/walls, signage, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, public art/murals, landscaping, dumpster enclosure, and interior renovation/new non-residential building. Most of the grants require a 50 percent match. A new commercial grant category was added for developments that incorporate a grocery/market or hardware store uses up to a maximum of $30,000.
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Wednesday, September 27
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CLEARWATER - On your mark, get set, go! The ninth annual Clearwater Super Boat National Championship and Seafood Festival is set to take off Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in downtown Clearwater and on Clearwater Beach.

The three-day event kicks off Friday in downtown Clearwater from noon to 10 p.m. at the Baystar Race Village in Coachman Park where the public can check out boats and meet with drivers. Food and beer trucks will be on hand and there is no cost to attend.

Head on over to Cleveland Street from 6:30 to 10 p.m. for the annual super boat parade, which will depart Coachman Park, travel east on Drew Street, then south on Garden Avenue and then west on Cleveland Street and return to Coachman Park.
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Thursday, September 21
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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.

‘This has ended up being a more labor-intensive type of event,” Graham said. “However, we have had some damage to the city of Clearwater buildings and also to some private property as well.”
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