Thousands of women of all ages came out to participate in the Iron Girl half marathon and 5K races on April 13. The Clearwater Threshers mascot, Phinley, supports the runners at the starting line of the Iron Girl 5K race.
CLEARWATER - One item on the agenda for the Clearwater City Council’s April 14 work session was to review, and amend if necessary, the rules and procedures the council adopted for itself on April 4, 2013. That’s not as easy as it sounds because there are seven pages of rules and 32 pages of policies.
Also, although four of the current councilmembers were there when last year’s rules and procedures were adopted, former councilmember Hoyt Hamilton, who recently returned to the dais after winning the Seat 5 that Councilman Paul Gibson was forced to vacate because of term limits, was not.
The first rule governs the timing of the council’s meetings and work sessions. It says that meetings should be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. However, the council shall hold one regular night meeting on the third Thursday in July, and there will be no regular meetings on the third Thursday of December or the first Thursday of January.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater warns residents that companies promoting water testing and service line maintenance to homes are not associated with the city.
Private, for-profit water testing companies have been approaching homeowners in Clearwater and throughout Pinellas County, informing them about water service line maintenance and repairs, according to a city press release.
In the past, companies have also made claims to be able to improve the quality and safety of tap water, the release said. All water supplied by the city meets or exceeds all federal state standards for safe drinking water.
CLEARWATER - Detectives with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Burglary & Pawn Unit are asking the public for help to locate a man wanted in connection with a burglary at a Clearwater air conditioning and heating business.
The burglary occurred “during the midnight hours” between Wednesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 10, according to the sheriff’s report at Cox Air Conditioning & Heating, 2198 Calumet St. in unincorporated, Clearwater.
CLEARWATER - A Clearwater woman remains in the Pinellas County Jail on $50,000 bond Monday night, charged with DUI manslaughter in connection with an April 13 fatality crash at Missouri Avenue and Belleair Road.
The crash occurred at 9:37 p.m. Michael B. Ballard, 24, of Clearwater died from his injuries just after 10 p.m. at Morton Plant Hospital. Clearwater police said he was wearing a helmet.
CLEARWATER - A 54-year-old Clearwater bicyclist was in critical condition after being involved in a crash with a truck around 11:44 p.m. April 12, according to a Clearwater police report.
The man on the bicycle, whose identify was not yet released, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg after the crash.
The truck was driven by Michael Patry, 44, of Clearwater, who was driving east on Drew Street when the bicyclist rode directly into his path, the police report said. The road was closed for more than two hours as police investigated the crash.
CLEARWATER - A request by Clearwater Grande LLC to add 10 units to its proposed Hampton Inn and Suites cleared its first hurdle on April 3 when the Clearwater City Council unanimously agreed to approve an amendment to the company’s existing development agreement with the city.
But that approval does not become effective unless the council approves it a second time, potentially at the April 16 council meeting.
Clearwater Grande owns a 1.437-acre parcel on the south side of South Gulfview Boulevard, approximately 894 feet west of Gulf Boulevard. Its 91-room Quality Inn and associated parking lot now occupy the east side of the property, with the hotel in a north/south orientation. The property is in the Tourist (“T”) District and the Clearwater Pass Character District, as well as being in the Resort Facilities High (“RFH”) category of the city’s Future Land Use Plan.
CLEARWATER - Women of all ages and athletic levels will flock to Coachman Park on Sunday, April 13, to run in the 11th annual Iron Girl Half Marathon and 5K races. Participants can continue to sign up even through the morning of the race.
Both races will include running over the Clearwater Memorial Causeway bridge, and the half marathon will also go over the Sand Key Bridge and through Sand Key Park.
CLEARWATER - Motorists traveling the city of Clearwater should be aware of the following road closures:
- Saturday, April 12 - Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue from Metto to LaSalle Streets will be closed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to the Soul Fest event. Detour routes are Pennsylvania or Myrtle avenues.
- Saturday, April 12 through Saturday, April 19 - The intersection of Belleair Road at U.S. 19 will be closed so the FDOT can place girders on spans of the southbound portion of the overpass bridge at Belleair Road.
CLEARWATER - Sixty-five spaces of Parking Lot #32 will temporarily close effective April 15 for 15 months due to the construction of a new hotel development at the site of the former Adam s Mark Hotel. The current parking lot is located at 332 S. Gulfview Blvd. and is where the former Adam's Mark hotel once stood.
Beach visitors can park in the parking garages at the Hyatt Regency and at Surf Style, located at 301 and 311 S. Gulfview Blvd., respectively. People also can use the on-street parking spaces on Hamden Drive, Coronado Drive, and Fifth Street.
In 2008, the Adam's Mark hotel was demolished after the property was purchased by a developer.
Daughters of Italy meeting CLEARWATER – The Daughters of Italy Lodge 2825 will have its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 24, at the Clearwater Community Church, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin, in Room 206 of the education building.
Italian and non-Italian women are invited to attend. Coffee and dessert is served at 6 p.m., followed by a short general meeting. The guest will be a hospice worker, and the cultural program will include Italian regions that celebrate Italian Carnevale.
Extension garden tours LARGO – Vegetable, herb and tropical fruit garden tours will be offered Thursdays, April 10 and 24, 9 a.m., at Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road.
The free tours will offer guests the opportunity to explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas and learn how to grow food in home gardens.
The tour will include an array of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs, trees and flowers in the enclosed herb garden; the Egyptian, Mediterranean, Asian and beverage plantings; and tropical fruits that do well in the Florida climate including many varieties of bananas, figs, papayas, mangoes, avocados, sugar cane and citrus.
Attendees will learn about how featured plants can be in homes and will discover little-known fruits not usually considered by the home gardener including Jackfruit, Carambola, Buddha’s Hand and Pomegranate.
The tours will showcase a diversity of plantings including a wide variety of ground covers, bromeliads, palms and power-line friendly trees that can be used in the home landscape.
Tours are limited to groups of four to 16 people and are recommended for adults.
Free CPR and First Aid classes SEMINOLE – Seminole Fire Rescue is offering free basic CPR and First Aid classes. The next CPR class is scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m. and the next Basic First Aid class is set for Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m.
All classes are taught at Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N.
Designed to help a person gain the confidence to help during an emergency, these classes are easy to understand and focus on the skills required to help save a life. The classes are not intended for professional certifications, but for the average individual.
Call 393-8711, ext. 210 for advance registration and information. Space is limited.
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.
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
Palm Harbor Toastmasters meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Toastmasters Club meets Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
The club is open to all who are interested in perfecting their public speaking skills.
For more information, contact Jack Lynch at 542-6100 or email email@example.com.
Ribbon cutting TREASURE ISLAND – The Treasure Island and Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce plans a ribbon cutting Thursday, April 24, 4 to 6 p.m., at Coastal Properties Group and Christie’s International real estate office, 260 107th Ave.
For more information, call 360-4121.
Talent show auditions TARPON SPRINGS – The city of Tarpon Springs Recreation Division will host auditions for its annual Recreation Division Talent Show on April 22 and 24, 4 to 7:30 p.m., at the Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave.
There is no charge to audition and all ages are welcome. Auditions for all talents are welcomed, including instrumental, vocal, drama, comedy, improv, or dance. All performances must be family friendly. The talent show is scheduled for Friday, May 9, 7 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 E. Pine St.
UPARC luncheon CLEARWATER – The UPARC Foundation Champion of Hope Luncheon featuring Gene Chizik, a former head football coach of Auburn University, will be Thursday, April 24, noon, at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road.
To RSVP, call 797-8712. Chizik is the author of “All In: What it Takes to be the Best.” A book signing with Chizik will take place before the luncheon with a $150 contribution to the UPARC Foundation.
The luncheon will feature the Champion of Hope Award presentation, honoring those who exemplify the passion, integrity and community commitment of Dr. William E. Hale, UPARC Foundation founder.