CLEARWATER - It sounds like things are getting pretty noisy on Clearwater Beach. The Clearwater City Council addressed concerns over the city’s noise ordinance during both its workshop and regular meetings on March 16 and March 19, respectively.
The issue came up in response to a letter city manager Bill Horne and council members received from Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Darlene Kole. In the letter, dated March 4, Kole raised concerns over the application of the city’s noise ordinance, specifically in regard to Clearwater Beach.
“The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce met with the Board,” Kole wrote in the letter. “It was brought to our attention that the “Noise Ordinance” has once again become an issue and concerns were raised by many of our businesses as to how it is being applied.
CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Center for the Arts opened in downtown Clearwater March 21, bringing not only culture and the arts to the area, but also community outreach and social awareness events.
According to a press release announcing the opening, the Clearwater Center for the Arts seeks to imbue Clearwater with art and to inspire and enrich the community by offering events, classes, performances and visual arts exhibits.
Shelley Jaffe, the art center’s executive director, said the center will be focused on community outreach, with free mentoring and classes to at-risk and disadvantaged youth.
CLEARWATER - The Church of Scientology will be the focus of an upcoming HBO documentary, which already has both proponents and opponents of the religious organization taking hard stances.
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney debuted in limited release on March 13 and is set to make its HBO debut on Sunday, March 29, at 8 p.m. Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright bases the documentary on the book of the same name.
The film focuses on the origins of the Church, with its roots in the teachings of founder L. Ron Hubbard, to its much sought after and eventual designation as a religious organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, including director and screenwriter Paul Haggis, who detail their experiences with the church.
CLEARWATER - Four bridges on Island Estates have experienced significant deterioration and have been scheduled for replacement.
Two bridges are located on Island Way, between Skiff Point and Palm Island SE, and two are on Harbor Passage, from Island Way to Snug Island and also Harbor Island. The project currently is in the design phase, and construction is expected to begin later this year.
Until construction begins, certain portions of the bridges are currently restricted. Safety zones are marked with road striping in order to maintain safe means of access until the bridges are replaced.
CLEARWATER - Before the gates at Bright House Field opened for the first spring training game, before the fans poured in and the grills heated up, one sound echoed above the rest: the slap of ball against glove as the Philadelphia Phillies started warming up. And let me tell you, there’s no better sound.
“It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball,” Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, says in “Moneyball.” And he’s right. Baseball won’t buy you flowers on Valentine’s Day or concert tickets for your birthday, but he’s always there. For eight months a year,
Non-trivial Pursuits program CLEARWATER – As part of the Non-trivial Pursuits series, the program “Malta – The Island of Mystery!” will be presented Monday, March 30, 7 p.m., at Chapel-By-The-Sea Community Church, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.
Ruth Zammit will present the program. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about Malta’s history and culture. The island republic at the heart of the Mediterranean was for 350 years the home of the mighty Knights of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta.
It boasts ruins of two-dozen temples built 1,000 years before the great Pyramids of Egypt as well as small fishing villages set in contrast to busy grand harbors.
Non-trivial Pursuits, a long-standing program at Chapel-By-The-Sea, offers presentations during the fall and winter on various topics scheduled on selected Monday nights. These presentations include religious and non-religious subjects.
The community is invited to these free programs. Light refreshments are served.
Reservations are requested. Call 446-0430.
Author program New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick will present a program Tuesday, March 31, 6 p.m., at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.
Bostwick will be on hand to launch her new book, “The Second Sister.” The author is best known for her Cobbled Court Quilt Series. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a program and book sale and signing at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Dunedin Public Library, Dunedin Friends of the Library and Rainbow's End Quilt Shoppe, the event is free.
MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.
The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.
Safe boating class ST. PETE BEACH – U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 has a 12-week continuous cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings Tuesdays, 7 p.m., in the Warren Webster Building, at 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
Attendees can start at their convenience. New participants should arrive for their first class at 6:30 p.m. to register. Included in this program are detailed and illustrated materials that cover a variety of program topics.
The program package is based on the new USCG Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship 14th edition 400-page manual. All materials will be included in the cost of the program, which is $45 per participant for 12 weeks. Cost is $60 for couples sharing the materials.
For information, call Jim at 360-4846, Warren at 321-7801 or Phil at 865-2226.