CLEARWATER - He may not have applied for the job, but Clearwater’s Police Chief Tony Holloway has been selected to head the St. Petersburg Police Department. Holloway is expected to publicly accept the position at a press conference in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
“I’m excited for Chief Holloway and disappointed for the city of Clearwater,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said upon learning the news Monday morning. “Chief Holloway is one of the finest police chiefs in the state of Florida, and we regret losing him very much.”
The previous St. Petersburg police chief, Chuck Harmon, announced his retirement in September 2013 and retired in January of this year. When newly elected St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was sworn into office around the same time, there were already numerous applicants for the position, said Benjamin Kirby, communications director of St. Petersburg.
CLEARWATER - With an 18-month expansion now complete, Shephard’s Beach Resort owners have planned a grand reopening to unveil the long awaited new resort.
There will be two events to celebrate the completion of the extensive renovations. The first will be an invitation-only charity event to benefit Suncoast Hospice on Friday, Aug. 1, 6 to 10 p.m. The second celebration will be a huge public party on Saturday, Aug. 2, noon to 11 p.m.
The expansion of Shephard’s Beach Resort, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach, has touched nearly every aspect of the property from the hotel to the entertainment venues. It includes the addition of 93 contemporary new hotel rooms, the Ocean Flame Interactive Dining, an additional covered parking garage, a new 7,000-square-foot pool deck with the outdoor SOAK Pool Bar and a cutting-edge lounge called the SALT Tequila Bar & Tap Room.
CLEARWATER - What a difference a week can make. Until last week, it seemed that the hiring of North Star Destination Strategies to study people’s impression of Clearwater and change any unfavorable perceptions through a process called “branding” was virtually a done deal.
After all, a panel of city staffers had vetted prospective companies and decided that North Star was best for the job, North Star spokesman Don McCann had made a favorable impression on the Clearwater City Council at its July 14 work session, and the council had put the contract on its consent agenda of items likely to receive rubber-stamp approval, without further discussion, at the council’s July 17 meeting.
But everything changed when Vice Mayor Doreen Hock-DiPolito read an article in Business Observer magazine about a “branding” job that North Star had done for the city of Enterprise, Florida.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater and the Southwest Florida Water Management District have agreed to each pay a maximum of $200,000 to revamp the Jeffords Street stormwater outfall, which currently consists of grated inlets that pour into 1,100 feet of 15-inch vitrified pipe that discharges into Clearwater Harbor.
“The system collects stormwater from the area between Magnolia Street and Jeffords Street and from Bay Avenue to St. Josephs Sound,” a staff memo to the Clearwater City Council explains. “The existing grated inlets clog up with leaves and debris, then the overflow washes the leaves and debris overland into Clearwater Harbor. The replacement of this system will provide open-throat inlets, relocate the system into the city’s right of way and improve water quality by utilizing a stormwater treatment structure to collect the leaves and debris.”
At the same time, the council approved the SFWMD agreement, the council also approved the payment of up to $1.14 million a year to Oldsmar-based Keystone Excavators to be on call when needed to provide excavation services too big to be handled by city employees.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater’s traffic engineering department has made some pedestrian improvements at the new Pinellas Trail crossing at Fort Harrison Avenue and Belleview Boulevard.
The improvements were completed June 23 and were part of a traffic study spurred by recommendations city staff made to address complaints from the biking community.
Before, the intersection had a standard crosswalk for north, south, east, and west approaches. Now, a yellow brick road thermoplastic overlay marks the crossing area, which goes diagonally across the intersection.
CLEARWATER - Like corporations, cities have their own brands. And Clearwater is hoping to improve its brand through a process called branding.
“The city’s brand is what people say about Clearwater,” a staff memo to the Clearwater City Council explains. “That impression is a combination of emotional and intellectual reactions to all the different experiences, marketing communications and behaviors people have encountered on behalf of Clearwater. Branding is the process the city will embark upon to change, refine or improve what people say and think about Clearwater.”
As part of their 2014 Strategic Planning process, city officials approved the hiring of a “branding consultant” to help Clearwater develop a new community identity. At the council’s July 17 meeting, the council is expected to award a one-year, $100,000 contract to Nashville-based North Star Destination Strategies for that purpose.
CLEARWATER - Teams and facilities of the city’s public utilities department have been recognized with four recent awards, given by national and state water associations. The groups unite water quality professionals responsible for protecting the clean water environment. The awards and teams are as follows:
- Membrane Plant of the Year - Clearwater’s Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant No. 1 facility won this award, which is given by the American Membrane Technology Association and American Water Works Association.
- Membrane Plant Operator of the Year - Fred Hemerick, water treatment plant chief operator, won this award, which is given by the American Membrane Technology Association and American Water Works Association.
CLEARWATER - Applications are being accepted through Aug. 4 for the 13th annual Citizen’s Academy, Clearwater 101, a 10-week program that provides citizens a hands-on learning experience about the people, equipment and infrastructure it takes to run Pinellas County’s second-largest city.
The program will begin with orientation, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 6 to 8:30 p.m., and ending on Nov. 18.
This interactive program is an educational experience for Clearwater residents interested in city affairs. Elected officials, department directors and city staff who share information about the city’s operations and key issues facing the city today lead the sessions. Participants must attend at least eight of the 10 sessions in order to graduate at a November City Council meeting.
Charles (Chuck) Nagy, very beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014.
He will always be remembered for his kindness, gentleness, patience and love of life. Chuck was a true gentleman. He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Charles and Yolanda Nagy. He met his wife, Jan, when she was 14, married her at age 17, and they had been together ever since.
Charles enjoyed nature, his pets, fishing, hunting, landscaping, and creating new building designs. In Pennsylvania, he planted thousands of pine seedlings which are now beautiful forests. He excelled at landscaping; one of his pleasures was discussing various new ideas and inventions with his scientist Uncle Victor. Charles was very creative and enjoyed implementing his designs in remodeling various buildings in his own business and his home.
SAFETY HARBOR - The General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Pinellas Woman’s Club Chapter recently distributed $11,000 in donations to organizations on June 17 at the Safety Harbor Public Library. Grants were awarded to the following organizations:
- Brookwood Florida, Inc. received $1,000 to pay for bed linens and towels for about 24 residents in its troubled teen girls’ program and foster teen residents.
- Clothes to Kids, Inc. received $1,000 to pay for underwear, socks, and uniform tops for school-age children of low-income or in crisis in Pinellas County.
Community memorial service SEMINOLE – A community memorial service will be presented Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd.
Chapel on the Hill will join with Suncoast Hospice to host this service. The service is open to any and all bereaved members of the community and is not grounded to a particular faith. Anyone who has lost a loved one with Suncoast Hospice is invited to attend.
The service will last about 45 minutes and consist of music, inspirational readings, a reflection on a theme and a “reading of names” of those who have died and are being remembered.
Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Those interested in attending are asked to call the church office at 391-2919 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden Help Desk ST. PETERSBURG – The Weedon Island Lawn and Garden Help Desk will be offered Friday, July 11; and Thursdays, July 17 and 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve,
1800 Weedon Drive NE.
Aspiring and master gardeners alike can come and get solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care. The help desk is free.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
Learn at Lunch forum:The Affordable Care Act and You SOUTH PASADENA – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans a Learn at Lunch forum titled “The Affordable Care Act and You” Thursday, July 24, 11:30 a.m., at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave.
Health Markets Insurance Agency will facilitate the program.
The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.
To reserve a seat, call Jennifer McKenney at 360-6957.
Meet your Representative for Coffee LARGO – State Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, will be hosting a “Meet your Representative for Coffee” event Thursday, July 24, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at St. Pete Bagel, 11987 Indian Rocks Road.
Residents are invited to ask questions and present concerns to Ahern over coffee. Ahern represents District 66, which covers the west-central part of Pinellas County, including parts of Clearwater, Largo, Indian Shores and Seminole.
Ahern’s local office is at 8383 Seminole Blvd., suite B. For more information, call 395-2512.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m.
Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.