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Courtney Campbell Trail opening
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CLEARWATER - The Pinellas end of the Courtney Campbell Trail is now open, providing a path for bikers and pedestrians that stretch from Clearwater to Tampa.

Despite rainy weather, Clearwater city officials and others gathered at the beginning of the trail for a ribbon cutting ceremony on the morning of June 22.

“This is another example of how we’re bringing people together,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater is once again moving forward with the downtown redevelopment plan for the bluff, Coachman Park and the waterfront.

Economic Development and Housing Director Geri Campos Lopez began the June 14 Community Redevelopment Agency meeting with an overview of the Community Redevelopment Agency’s downtown plan, which was adopted as a 20-year plan in February 2004 with a desire to “reclaim its traditional downtown and make it the center and heart of the city.”

Guiding the CRA in its plan was the goal of turning downtown into an “integrated community with a mix of retail, residential, office and recreational opportunities,” using the waterfront as a focal point for revitalization and improving visual and performing arts while maintaining quality urban design and adequate parking.
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CLEARWATER - Almost 30 minutes east across the water, Tampa International Airport is helping out Clearwater, too.

“They’re put us on the international map,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos.

And that’s not slowing down any time soon, said TIA CEO Joe Lopano at the June 18 Clearwater City Council meeting.
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CLEARWATER - A new, original piece of public art is scheduled to be installed July 8 at the Clearwater Harbor Marina in downtown Clearwater.

The sculpture, entitled “Middens,” is reminiscent of sea shells and the sails of a boat, which fits its waterside location. “Middens” was created by prominent artist Cliff Garten of Venice, California, whose public artworks are on display throughout the country.

The sculpture will sit atop a specially-designed midden mound, from which it draws its name. Middens were significant to the Tocobaga Indians, early settlers of the Tampa Bay area, who built their houses and other structures atop mounds created from shells and other debris.
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Local broker named industry’s best
CLEARWATER - A Clearwater mortgage broker was recently recognized in a list of the industry’s female elite. Loralynne Ball of VanDyk Mortgage has been included in Mortgage Professional America magazine’s Elite Women in Mortgage feature.

This annual list recognizes 50 female rising stars in the industry - women who are blazing new trails in the mortgage profession. The list is diverse, including marketing geniuses to CEOs to loan officers.

“We asked our readers to nominate women who’d broken new ground in the industry, and the response was overwhelming,” said Ryan Smith, editor of “Mortgage Professional America,” in a press release. “These women represent the mortgage world’s best and brightest.”
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Monday, June 15
CLEARWATER - Despite a staff recommendation, the Clearwater City Council rejected a proposed construction moratorium along the U.S. 19 corridor at Monday’s workshop meeting.

In light of ongoing construction along U.S. 19, the Planning and Development Department had recommended a limited moratorium on new businesses in the Regional and Neighborhood Center subdistricts in order to give the city time to finalize long-term goals in terms of substance.

The risk, according to the staff report, is that “properties in key locations will redevelop in ways that are inconsistent with the City’s long term Economic Development Strategic Plan objectives,” but City Councilers echoed each other June 15 in their disagreement with that analysis.
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Thursday, June 11
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CLEARWATER - The Florida State League has announced its roster for the 54th All-Star Game and four Threshers are on the team. Pitchers Brandon Leibrandt and Mark Leiter plus catcher Andrew Knapp and infielder Angelo Mora were selected from the Clearwater squad. All four are making their first FSL All-Star Game appearance.

The Threshers will be representing the North Division of the FSL playing against the South Division All-Stars. The game is at St. Lucie's Tradition Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets, on Saturday, June 20, at 7 p.m. Voters included coaches, broadcasters, official scorers and, for the first time, players.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater Ferry Service and Florida Free Rides were named Small Business of the Year by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The selections were among more than a dozen announced Tuesday, June 2, at the chamber’s annual awards banquet.
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CLEARWATER - Entertainment industry trade publication “Venues Today” recently announced the results of their monthly report and Ruth Eckerd Hall was ranked No. 1 in the world of theater venues (2,001 to 5,000 capacity) for the period from March 14 to April 15, 2015.

It also was announced in this same report that the Capitol Theatre was ranked No. 5 in the world of theater venues (2,000 or fewer capacity) for the same time period.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater-based artist and writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are launching a new series from DC Comics.

The first issue of “Starfire” was released June 10. The series will follow the charismatic alien princess as she relocates to Florida for a fresh start.

The central character in this new series has been a part of the DC canon for decades.

On the official website of DC Comics, Starfire is described as “a princess who became a slave,” a “slave who became a warrior” and a “warrior who become one of the world’s greatest super heroes.” Debuting in “DC Comics Presents,” Issue 26, in 1980, Starfire - otherwise known as Princess Koriand’r of the planet Tamaran - was betrayed by her sister. She escapes execution and travels to Earth where she uses her powers and abilities to help those in need. She became a charter member of the Teen Titans and, over the years, has also been a member of the Justice League, Outlaws, Outsiders and R.E.B.E.L.S.
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Community Calender
• Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Florida Native Plant Society meeting
CLEARWATER – The Florida Native Plant Society will meet Wednesday, July 1, 7 p.m., at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane. The program will cover how to plant and maintain green roofs and walls. The group meets first Wednesdays. Meetings include talks, discussion, free refreshments, a plant auction and book sales.
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Tea with Terry
LARGO – The ongoing series Tea with Terry is presented Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., at Serenity Gardens Memorial Park Administration Building, Gathering Room, 13401 Indian Rocks Road.

The Tea with Terry series provides an opportunity for attendees to discuss preplanning final arrangements. Call 595-2914.  
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Aquatic fitness classes
ST. PETE BEACH – The St. Pete Beach Recreation Department is again offering aquatic fitness classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 10 to Sept. 22, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.

The cost is $5 for St. Pete Beach residents and $6 for nonresidents. Silver Sneakers members are welcome. Aquatic fitness provides muscle toning and a cardio workout with the benefits and support of the water.
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Barks for Books
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Children who need help reading can get help from Agape and reading therapy dog and his friend Belle at Barks for Books Wednesdays, 1 p.m., at the Indian Rocks Beach Library, 1507 Bay Palm Blvd. Call 596-1822.
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City Power Toastmasters Club meeting
ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.  

The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.  

Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.  

For more details, call 893-7918.
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Faith in Real Life discussion group
LARGO – The Faith in Real Life discussion group will meet Wednesdays, June 17 through Aug. 19, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave.

The church invites all adults to its new Faith in Real Life discussion group. The sessions will feature coffee, dessert and discussions of the questions of faith that challenge individuals in today’s modern world.

The group will discuss a new topic each week. Childcare will be provided. For information, call 584-8165.  
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Largo Toastmasters meeting
LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo.

The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.

A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.

For more information, call John Rouisse at 488-8010 or email johnrouisse@yahoo.com.
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Madeira Beach Open Air Market
MADEIRA BEACH – The Madeira Beach Open Air Market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday. The market features local vendors, hands-on owners and operators, including growers, gourmet foodies and artists and crafters.

The market is open October through July each Wednesday on Madeira Way between Gulf Boulevard and the Tom Stuart Causeway. Admission is free and leashed pets are welcome. For further information, visit www.TheBeachMarkets.com.
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Master Gardeners on duty
UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County Master Gardeners provide solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn and landscape care on Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through mid-November, at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.

Master Gardeners also will be available on Fridays, June 5 and 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The help desk is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but to assist with staffing, registration is requested. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com /e /master-gardener-lawn-and-garden-help-desk-tickets-14241850759.
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Raise the Roof fundraiser
PALM HARBOR – A bingo fundraiser for the Palm Harbor Library’s Raise The Roof campaign and the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce Relay For Life team will be held Wednesday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., at Hamburger Mary’s, 28910 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

Admission is $10 per person and includes 10 games of bingo. To reserve a spot, call 784-4287.
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