CLEARWATER - Not even the threat of inclement weather could prevent the Clearwater Threshers 12th annual Pitch for Pink game from being a success.
Despite heavy showers that rolled over Spectrum Field just prior to game time on Friday, July 14, the skies cleared in time for the traditional pregame walk around the field, with dozens of breast cancer survivors and their supporters, as well as numerous doctors and support staff from Morton Plant Mease, making the joyous trek from the right field stands all the way around the outfield and back to home plate.
While event organizers were fretting about the weather affecting the turnout, as it turned out a little rain wasn’t about to keep some of the strongest people you’ll ever meet from enjoying their moment in the sun.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Public Works’ crews are on the scene of a shallow depression that developed this morning, July 26, along the eastern side of Old Coachman Road, just south of Coachman Road, in Clearwater.
The depression is approximately 4 feet wide, 4 feet long and 1 1/2 feet deep. Crews are locating nearby underground utilities before proceeding with repairs.
Crews also tested the substrate beneath the nearby roadway surface and the area of the depression and determined that it is solid and not indicative of a sinkhole.
CLEARWATER - City leaders gave considerable discussion to a proposed public art installation at the new Morningside Recreation Center on July 17 during a workshop at City Hall.
The art, which will consist of vibrantly-colored window patterns, was created by artist Guy Kemper and will cost $55,000. The artwork will be displayed in the glass windows of the main entry and fitness center window wall at the main entrance and central atrium of the new recreation center.
The cost of the installation is already included within the Morningside Recreation Center construction budget, according to city parks director Kevin Dunbar.
CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Threshers are ready to Pitch for Pink as they once again join the fight against breast cancer. The 12th annual fundraiser, which will be held July 14 at Spectrum Field, will support breast health services at Morton Plant Mease hospitals.
The night’s events will kick off at 6 p.m. with a survivor walk around the field. Following the walk, Threshers’ players will hit the field in pink jerseys to face off against the Bradenton Marauders at 6:15 p.m.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater has released its preliminary 2017-18 operating and capital improvement budget with $567,033,940 slated for citywide services, an increase of nearly $99 million from last year.
The general fund budget reflects a 2.5 percent increase from last year with expenditures at $134,945,720.
The proposed millage rate will remain unchanged at 5.1550 mills for the ninth year in a row.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater is creating a citywide wayfinding and signage plan to help commuters navigate the roadways and easily reach points of interest.
The city and its consultant, wayfinding and signage expert MERJE of West Chester, Pennsylvania, will hold a public meeting to present the preliminary design concepts for the wayfinding and signage plan for Clearwater Beach, downtown Clearwater and other city points of interest from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave.
The formal presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Members of the city’s Planning and Development Department and MERJE will be available to answer questions from 6 to 7 p.m.
CLEARWATER - When it comes to the arts, one local organization is asking residents and artists to think “Outside the Box,” as it makes efforts to turn the ordinary into the beautiful.
The Clearwater Arts Alliance announced this week the newest artists to be featured in its public art installation project that transforms intersection signal boxes into works of art.
The works of Dunedin artists Michael Imperiale and Candy Schultheis have been selected as a part of the Alliance’s “Outside the Box” project that features artwork on signal boxes in the greater Clearwater area.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater’s Public Utilities Department released its annual Water Quality Report. The report contains pertinent water quality information of interest to Clearwater residents. As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments,” all water systems throughout the country must publish this annual report.
The Water Quality Report for reporting year 2016 is available electronically at myclearwater.com/waterreport. Printed copies are available upon request by calling Clearwater Public Utilities at 727-562-4960. The report is also available in Spanish.
“The city of Clearwater and Clearwater Public Utilities take pride in the high quality of our water supplies,” said David Porter, director of Clearwater Public Utilities. “Our team works hard each day to ensure our water product is safe, clean and pure. Our drinking water meets or exceeds national drinking standards.”
CLEARWATER - Minor League Baseball is known for its wacky promotions and quirky theme nights, which help draw big crowds and make the games more entertaining for the whole family.
Charitable contributions typically don’t draw the same kind of attention as Star Wars and Military nights, but MiLB prides itself on its affiliations with local and national charities, including the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
On Saturday, June 24, the Clearwater Threshers, the Florida State League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, held a promotion in conjunction with Ashley HomeStore, for Hope to Dream, which saw 100 children receive free beds, complete with blankets, books, pillows and teddy bears, as part of a nationwide campaign to provide clean, unused mattresses to children in need between the ages of 3 and 16 years old.
CLEARWATER - As summer begins to heat up, the city of Clearwater wants residents and tourists alike to hit the streets in downtown to check out the hot deals local merchants have to offer.
The Community Redevelopment Agency has joined forces with the Downtown Merchants Association to present Summer Sidewalk Sales on Cleveland Street, with the first of the monthly events kicking off June 30 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
“Our goal is to generate exposure and create an economic stimulus for our downtown merchants during the summer months,” said CRA downtown manager Anne Fogarty-France. “We want people to know exactly what downtown Clearwater has to offer.”
DUNEDIN - For the fourth consecutive year, the members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Clearwater Flotilla has earned the prestigious Outstanding Flotilla of the Year Award.
Every spring Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 11 (comprised of flotillas from Madeira Beach, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, New Port Richey, and Hudson) holds its awards banquet to recognize the contributions of its 265 members. Numerous individual awards are presented for individual members who have achieved significantly high milestones in areas such as operations (patrols on the water), vessel examinations, instructor and instructor aides, public affairs outreach, and direct support to the Coast Guard.
CLEARWATER - The General Federation of Women’s Clubs - North Pinellas Woman’s Club chapter recently distributed $9,500 in donations to the following organizations:
- Boley Centers: groceries for food pantry - $1,000 - Clearwater Free Clinic: bus passes for clients needing transportation - $1,000 - Eckerd Youth Alternatives/Raising Hope: new school shoes for foster children - $1,000 - Horses for Handicapped: tree removal for safe riding area - $1,000 - Humane Society: fans for dog kennels - $1,000 - Ready for Life: Mommy & Me Support Group - $1,000 - Suncoast Voices for Children: Safe Baby Project for cribs and car seats - $1,000 - Edible Peace Patch Project: educational gardens at schools - $500 - Peace Café: food for serving homeless/food needy people - $500 - Random Acts of Flowers: gas for delivery van - $500 - Sewing Hope: fabric for blankets given to foster children - $500 - Veterans Art Foundation: program to bridge military service to civilian life - $500
Funds for the community donations were made possible by money raised at the annual “Christmas Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show,” which is held each year in November in Clearwater’s Coachman Park.
CLEARWATER - MarineMax has announced that Collin Heimensen has been promoted to general manager of the MarineMax Clearwater facility serving the Clearwater and Tampa Bay area.
Heimensen joined MarineMax in 2007, and has been the Clearwater sales manager for the past four years. Prior to that, he held similar positions at the MarineMax Lake Ozark store and at Mau Marine in Okoboji, Iowa. He has worked closely with Sea Ray and Boston Whaler for over 20 years.
“I am honored to accept the position of general manager for MarineMax Clearwater. I have truly enjoyed my time as sales manager, and look forward to starting this new journey,” explained Heimensen in a recent interview. “Boating is a true passion of mine, and when I joined MarineMax it was so much more than joining a company, it was like joining a family that had the same passion as I did.”
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.
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.