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.”
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.”
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.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency has announced the grand opening of Second Century Studios, a community art space highlighting major urban planning initiatives and also featuring artwork created by local artists celebrating the city of Clearwater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
SAFETY HARBOR - Sawyer Products is working with multiple organizations to distribute approximately 20,000 bucket filtration systems and over 30,000 insect repellents to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
These bucket adapter systems are used in over 80 countries around the world and can filter up to 500 gallons per day. The insect repellents that were sent include the family friendly 20 percent Picaridin spray which is effective on mosquitoes, ticks, and flies as well as our Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for clothing, gear and fabric which is odorless after drying and lasts for six weeks or six washes.
In addition to the standard 0.1 micron absolute bucket filtration systems, the company also is sending some of its brand new Sawyer Select Foam Filtration Systems which launch later this month and will remove chemicals and pesticides where water contamination levels are especially high.
CLEARWATER - While Clearwater’s residential trash and recycling collection is being collected on time, yard waste and hurricane debris are taking much longer.
Due to Hurricane Irma, the collection of yard waste/hurricane debris collection will take longer than normal. It is estimated that it will take four to six weeks to complete one pass of yard waste clean-up in Clearwater’s service area.
Clearwater Solid Waste/Recycling crews are working 12-hour shifts to clear yard waste as quickly as they can. Crews have started collecting debris in the northern-most area of Clearwater around Curlew Road and are working their way south.
CLEARWATER - “We dodged a bullet,” said Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, three days following the landfall of Hurricane Irma, a massive storm that arrived Sunday in Florida as a Category 4 and settled into Tampa Bay as a Category 1 early Monday morning.
And there’s no doubt about that. Irma, which was predicted on Sunday to potentially hit the area as a Category 3 hurricane, could have left a far more damaging mark on the area. As it is, millions - including a majority of Clearwater residents - have been left without power, with gas in high demand and frustrations bubbling over.
CLEARWATER -- The city of Clearwater is working to get back on its feet following Hurricane Irma’s landfall on Marco Island on Sept. 10.
All city offices reopened today (Sept. 12), although some facilities remained closed. Clearwater Main Library and North Greenwood library branches are open and operating at normal capacity. Countryside Library is open but does not currently have internet or phone service. The East and Beach branches remain closed today and it is unknown when they will reopen.
CLEARWATER - Council members were given a bit of insight into how their constituents view the city they call home courtesy of a recently released community survey that measures the livability of cities.
And for the most part, residents are happy to hang their hat in Clearwater.
Public Communications Director Joelle Castelli presented city leaders with the results of the National Citizens Survey during a workshop on Sept. 5 at city hall.