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Clearwater resident Todd Rice captured this stunning sunset on June 18 at Clearwater Beach.
CLEARWATER - Council members voted to indefinitely delay a land swap between the city of Clearwater and the Church of Scientology. 

The decision comes just months after a contentious showdown with the church over the purchase of a downtown property, which the city now owns. 

The tentative agreement called for the swapping of the vacant lot adjacent to the Nolen apartment complex, which the church is currently under contract to purchase, for three city-owned parcels on the northwest corner of South Garden Avenue and Court Street, Waterston Avenue and at 600 Franklin St. In that deal, the church would add 16 parking spaces around its future development of the L. Ron Hubbard Hall. 
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater city leaders updated their project wish list for the next round of Penny for Pinellas funding, which is scheduled to be voted on for renewal later this year, and approved a resolution of support for the 10-year, 1 percent tax levy.

Clearwater is one of 17 municipalities in the county that has depended on the tax to pay for capital projects, such as infrastructure, including bridges and roadwork, trails and parks, for the last 30 years. 

The tax is paid for by residents, seasonal tenants and tourists and is not collected on essential items such as groceries and medications. 
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CLEARWATER - Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, an icon of Clearwater Beach for nearly four decades, has once again made history with its completion of a $20 million renovation.

The nine-story resort stands better than ever following an immense 20-month remodel. Highlights of the remodel include all new guest rooms, impressive interior upgrades, two new pools, a new restaurant, new spa, new fitness center and a newly opened Starbucks. This is the most extensive renovation in the hotel’s history.

“We are extremely proud of this massive renovation and believe it epitomizes the hotel’s legendary stature on Clearwater Beach,” said Carlos Sanchez, general manager. “Even more importantly, this transformation will greatly enhance the experience for all our valued guests.”
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Thursday, June 15
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Threshers host several special theme nights throughout their summer-long season, from wing tasting events to the immensely popular Star Wars Night. But none of the food and fun themes can compare to the team’s annual Veterans and Military Appreciation Night.

The Threshers held the latest installment on Saturday, June 3, and it featured an array of patriotic tributes and attractions, including a trio of softball games featuring service veterans, a swearing-in ceremony for roughly 70 new military recruits, three para-commandos parachuting into Spectrum Field and an appearance by longtime wrestling legend and onetime drill instructor, Sgt. Slaughter.
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CLEARWATER - As efforts to revitalize Clearwater’s downtown waterfront are in full swing, city leaders have turned their attention to yet another of the city’s underutilized jewels - Crest Lake Park.

Following a year of design and surveys, public engagement and a series of community workshops, Clearwater Parks and Recreation director Kevin Dunbar presented city leaders on June 12 with a master plan for improvements at Crest Lake Park.

“We are very pleased with this whole process, especially in terms of public input,” Dunbar said.
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CLEARWATER - In efforts to attract more restaurants and breweries to downtown Clearwater, the Community Redevelopment Agency will now offer a new program that offers funding of up to $250,000 to commercial property owners and tenants looking to open such a business.

The Anchor Tenant Incentive Program was approved by city council members on May 12 during a meeting of the CRA at city hall.

CRA executive director Seth Taylor appeared before the council seeking approval of the program.
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater’s Community Redevelopment Agency has recently unveiled a second public art banner that is being displayed in downtown Clearwater.

Stephen Graff’s “Waves and Raves” was selected by the city to decorate and represent a fenced area that covers 474 feet along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue between Pierce and Gould streets in downtown Clearwater.

Graff’s artistic work is filled with a multitude of shapes and colors along with images celebrating life in Clearwater. The various lines and shapes represent water that serves as a significant natural resource in Clearwater. The assorted colors celebrate the growing population and the area’s changing demographics.
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater’s Code Compliance Division staff will carry out a neighborhood code sweep on June 16 in the Downtown Gateway neighborhood.

The neighborhood sweep will focus on the area within Missouri Avenue, Highland Avenue, Drew Street and Court Street. The neighborhood sweep is part of the city’s objective to revitalize the Downtown Gateway.

Code Compliance officers will inspect properties for violations that include:
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall recently announced a $100,000 gift from Freedom Boat Club and a new three-year partnership as part of the theater’s ongoing Expanding the Experience fundraising campaign.

The announcement was made by Glenn Bergoffen, owner of the Freedom Boat Club, at the 2017 corporate sponsorship reception on May 24. The event was attended by Ruth Eckerd Hall corporate partners, members and other guests. In recognition of the generous donation, the East Side Café at Ruth Eckerd Hall will be named The Freedom Boat Club Landing.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce presented its 2017 awards at its annual banquet June 6 at the Opal Sands Resort.

The chamber celebrated its 22nd anniversary at the event, which was sold out.

The awards are:
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CLEARWATER - Florida Community Association Professionals recently certified Greta Monty for successfully completing the professional and educational requirements to be recognized as a Certified Florida Community Association Manager.

Monty has more than 12 years of experience in the real estate industry. She has held a real estate broker’s license since 2004 and served as a transaction broker for more than 10 years. In 2015, Greta acquired her CAM license and began working for Ameri-Tech Property Management based in Clearwater. She currently serves the company as a property manager and real estate professional. Ameri-Tech Community Management and Real Estate Services has managed community associations in West Central Florida for more than 30 years.

On June 1, Monty was presented with her certificate of completion by Amy Stevens of BlueWorks Inc.
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Thursday, June 8
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CLEARWATER - In efforts to move forward with implementation of a variety of suggestions put forth to city leaders in the Imagine Clearwater master plan, the Clearwater Parks and Recreation department is working to increase entertainment offerings in downtown Clearwater, specifically Coachman Park.

Master plan consultants recommended that the city work to create a dynamic public waterfront open space that would include a unique destination, a variety of active and passive spaces and year-round community programming. Fostering an active frame around Coachman Park to attract park users that would include the introduction of new amenities as well increased safety is the second strategy consultants recommended.
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CLEARWATER - The Clearwater City Council has moved forward with plans to support a performance by the Florida Orchestra in Coachman Park at the conclusion of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in October.

Council members approved on June 1 a request from Florida’s largest professional orchestra to perform on Oct. 23 following Jazz Holiday, which is slated for Oct. 19-22 and approved more than $30,000 in monetary and in-kind funding for the performance.

According to parks and recreation director Kevin Dunbar, the timing of the concert will be ideal as a stage will already be in place.
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CLEARWATER - The following road and lane closures will occur in the city of Clearwater:

- Pierce Street from Lady Mary Drive to Evergreen Avenue is currently closed to through-traffic now through June 16 due to stormwater improvement construction. Local and emergency traffic will be allowed through only. Detour: Cleveland Street.

- Stormwater improvement construction currently taking place along Mango Street at the El Dorado Avenue and Narcissus Avenue intersections has been extended through June 18. Mango Street is closed to through-traffic; local and emergency traffic will be allowed through only. Detours: Bay Esplanade and Mandalay Avenue.
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Dorothy Allen Goettman of Clearwater, Florida passed away March 5, 2017 in Winter Park, Florida.

She was born Sept 25, 1924 in Bar Harbor Maine, daughter of Harold Gates Allen and Madeline Gladys Gray Allen.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Andrew T. Goettman and her daughter, Carol Goettman.
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CLEARWATER - Since October 2016, the RCS Food Bank has distributed 1,627,400 pounds of USDA food and 993,340 pounds of emergency food from local Publix stores, totaling over 2 million pounds given to hungry Pinellas County residents.

RCS Food Bank is the largest provider of emergency food in Pinellas County. Each day it offers nutritious food to neighbors needing help stretching their grocery budget. Participants are able to come in once a month and receive enough food for three meals for every member of their household for three days.

“RCS Food Bank is a place that impacts so many; it gives dignity and hope,” said Alex Thomas, RCS Food Bank director, in a press release. “Each month we distribute produce, lean meats, dairy and nonperishable food to over 5,500 people from our warehouse alone. Through our community partnerships, we’re able to not only provide emergency food for them and their families, but also help with additional ways, if possible.”
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Thursday, June 1
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CLEARWATER - First United Methodist Clearwater recently presented $3,200 in proceeds from a recent benefit concert to the Homeless Empowerment Program.

“HEP is very fortunate to have the support of First United Methodist Church of Clearwater,” said Ashley Lowery, HEP director of communications and development. “The benefit concert they hosted featuring The QOL Quartet was a beautifully orchestrated event, and raised $3,200 for the individuals, families and veterans that we serve - and it couldn’t have come at a better time! Our donations start to taper off toward the summer months, and the money raised by First United Methodist, their congregation, and their guests will help us to continue to provide needed services through that time.”
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