CLEARWATER - Daniel Slaughter, a veteran of more than two decades with the Clearwater Police Department, has been named the agency’s new chief.
City Manager Bill Horne made the announcement Tuesday morning, picking the patrol commander as the 13th chief of the department after an internal search, necessitated by the recent resignation of Chief Tony Holloway.
Slaughter meets all the criteria that we are looking for and need in a police chief. He is a highly competent police professional with the appropriate education credentials, field experience, and respect and support from his peers, subordinates, police unions, city department directors, neighborhood leaders and the Tampa Bay law enforcement community, Horne said.
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 - 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.”
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.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Belleair Women’s Republican Club's candidates forum BELLEAR – A forum for candidates for circuit court judgeships and Pinellas County School Board seats will be held at The Belleair Women’s Republican Club’s monthly meeting Friday, Aug. 1, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $22. For reservations by July 29. Please call or email Pat Watts at 595-1791 or email email@example.com or Sherrie Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees can pay at the door with a check or cash. The club does not accept credit cards.
A forum featuring opposed 6th District Court judicial candidates and Pinellas County School Board candidates will be there.
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.
Indian Shores library book sale INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library plans a book sale Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, offering books, magazines and puzzles in good condition. The sale will take place outside the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, the library staff is giving those who spend $5 an ice cream sandwich. A tall glass of lemonade will also be served to donors.
Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping ST. PETERSBURG – An Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping will be presented Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
During this free two-hour program, UF/IFAS Extension agent Brian Niemann will provide information on the basics of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and composting.