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Thousands gather for the 7 a.m. start of the 2016 Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot in Clearwater, on Thanksgiving Day.
CLEARWATER - Clearwater leaders were given a glimpse of a possible future Tuesday as urban development consultants and city staff presented a draft proposal of the downtown waterfront master plan.

“No plan is ever 100 percent, you’ll always be in a position where someone may like this more than that, or that more than this, but we have from the beginning solicited the input of the community,” said planning and development director Michael Delk.

Clearwater’s waterfront was identified in 2014 by the Urban Land Institute as one of the city’s greatest and least utilized assets.
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CLEARWATER - Jersey Mike’s Subs opened a second location in Clearwater on Nov. 30.

Franchise owners James Connolly and Bryan Pagan are hosting a grand opening and free sub fundraiser through Sunday, Dec. 11, to support Harborside Christian Church and Leila G. Davis Elementary School.

The new restaurant, at 2560-B McMullen Booth Road, is circulating 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 donation to Harborside Christian Church and Leila G. Davis Elementary School. Customers must have a coupon to be eligible.
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CLEARWATER - The Tampa Bay Trust Company, a division of The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, recently announced the opening of a boutique office in the Belleair/Clearwater area to better serve its clientele.

“Based upon our Belleair clients’ needs and the growing number of inquiries for personalized wealth management, we believe the time is right to make an outward commitment to the community,” said Michael R. Dreyer, president of The Tampa Bay Trust Company.

The new office space is at 1314 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite C, Clearwater. Tampa Bay Trust Company professionals Andrew Vanderhorst, CFA, CFP, CLU and Dreyer will be a regular presence in the area and available to meet with clients.
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CLEARWATER - Bulk Nation, the Tampa-based bulk food specialty grocer, recently donated $2,000 of sales from its Clearwater/Countryside grand opening to the Clearwater YMCA, a member of the YMCA of the Suncoast.

“Our partnership with the Y is important to us,” said Clay Donato, Bulk Nation president, who is board chairman of the Brandon YMCA. “Every Y in each of the communities we do business in has financial needs. We want to do our part. It’s a ‘win win’ for the Y and Bulk Nation.”

The Clearwater store recently opened at 2567 Countryside Blvd. in the Countryside Centre.
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CLEARWATER - The 2016 Multi-Church free Thanksgiving Dinner was held Nov. 24, noon to 2 p.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 701 Orange St., Clearwater.

“The partnership started about 10 years ago when Michael Amidei of Episcopal Church of the Ascension originated the idea with Lew Hill, a member of First United Methodist Church of Clearwater,” said FUMC Rev. Daphne Johnson in a press release.

The first dinner was held at Church of the Ascension with about 75 people in attendance.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Woman’s Club is seeking applications for grant opportunities open to local charities.

The organization will give up to $2,000 to area charities that apply and qualify. Application and rules are on the website, www.C­learw­aterC­WC.or­g. The applications must be mailed; postmark date is no later than Jan. 5 and the applications must be received no later than Jan. 12.

Any charity that has received a grant in the past is welcome to apply, as long as the request is for a different purpose within that organization.
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Saturday, November 26
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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