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The 11th annual Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival drew thousands to Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater Feb. 18-19.
CLEARWATER - Bolstered by considerable community support, Clearwater City Council members focused their sights on the future of the downtown waterfront as they approved a master plan that calls for a dramatic redevelopment of an area often identified as one of the city’s least utilized assets.

The approval came during a special council meeting Feb. 21 at city hall and now sets the stage for the 10-year, two-phase, $55 million revitalization plan that will greatly re-envision downtown Clearwater.

With the guidance of urban development consultants over a more than six-month process that included workshops focused on community feedback, the plan represents the city’s determination to spur economic development while strengthening the connection between downtown and Clearwater Beach.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater council members approved a joint participation agreement between the city and the Florida Department of Transportation to conduct a master plan study for the Clearwater Airpark.

The study is the first since 1999 and is required by FDOT, said Marine and Aviation Director Bill Morris.

“Since that time, we’ve done two updates to our airport layout plan and we’ve proceeded with several projects,” Morris told council members during a meeting Feb. 16 at City Hall.
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CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater is looking for motivated professionals with positive attitudes and excellent work ethics to become beach lifeguards.

The city is looking to fill both part-time and permanent positions. Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements can work as little as two days per week. However, applicants are expected to be able to work a varied and demanding schedule if needed that includes weekends and holidays.

To be considered, applicants must be at least age 17 or older, complete USLA site-specific lifeguard training as well as a USDOT first responder course required within six months of hire. Applicants must possess a valid first aid certification and CPR certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association for Basic Life Support for healthcare providers. Applicants must also pass a lifeguard test consisting of a 500-meter swim in less than 10 minutes, and a one-mile run in 18 minutes or less combined. Also required is a valid state of Florida Driver’s License and an annual vision test.
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CLEARWATER - Fans entering Spectrum Field for Phillies spring training games will now be required to use walk-through metal detectors immediately before their tickets are scanned. The enhanced security measures model the team’s metal detector program at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

All guests will be expected to walk through metal detectors at all entrance gates, starting with the Phillies vs. Tampa Spartans game on Feb. 23. The added security is part of a Major League Baseball mandate stating all fans are subject to metal detection screening.

With the enhanced security measures, guests are encouraged to allow for extra time when entering Spectrum Field. Unlike the standard procedures of the Transportation Security Administration, fans will not be required to remove shoes or belts. Those who cannot pass through a metal detector will be checked with a hand-held device.
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Thursday, February 16
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CLEARWATER - Much like the annual early-February spectacle of Punxsutawney Phil searching for his shadow, the arrival of the Philadelphia Phillies equipment truck signifies the unofficial start of spring in Clearwater, the only difference being “Truck Day” is more reliable than the legendarily fickle Pennsylvania groundhog.

The 53-foot-long tractor-trailer carrying thousands of pieces of assorted baseball and spring related equipment (i.e. golf clubs and fishing poles) made the 1,000-mile journey from frigid Philly to comparatively balmy Clearwater last week, arriving at the team’s newly christened Spectrum Field on Old Coachman Road in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 10.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater city staff presented council members with a first draft of possible projects for the next round of Pennies for Pinellas funding during a workshop Feb. 13 at City Hall.

Since its approval in 1989 and again in 1997, Clearwater has benefitted from the sales tax levy with an approximate $210 million, which has funded a number of projects, including the Memorial Causeway Bridge, Bright House (now Spectrum) Stadium, at least five fire stations, Ross Norton Complex, Countryside and the Main Clearwater libraries, Pier 60, the Long Center and downtown streetscaping.
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CLEARWATER - The Friends of the Clearwater Library Book and Gift Store are seeking donations of paperback books in good condition for resale in the store.

Proceeds from the Friends of the Clearwater Library bookstores are used to enhance the Clearwater Public Library system.

Donations can be dropped off at the Clearwater Main Library or by calling 727-531-0667 for pickup.
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Thursday, February 9
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CLEARWATER - When it comes to children, gun safety is not a topic to take lightly.

And while gun-related deaths in children age 19 and younger have fallen in recent years, eight kids will die each day in the United States as a result of a firearm.

That’s why More Health, a leading health and education advocacy group, and the Clearwater Police Department have joined forces in an effort to teach local children about firearm safety.

Community Liaison Officer Stewart Phillips and More Health instructor Maureen Burke hosted a series of classes Feb. 2 at McMullen Booth Elementary.
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CLEARWATER - Clearwater city leaders took the next step in redeveloping its downtown waterfront when council members on Feb. 2 accepted a finalized master plan developed by urban development consultants in coordination with city staff.

The culmination of more than six months work that included a number of community workshops to gather suggestions and feedback from residents, the downtown waterfront master plan calls for a dramatic redevelopment of an area that was identified in 2014 by the Urban Land Institute as one of the city’s greatest and least utilized assets.

“This plan is constructed on various threads of consistent themes that our consultant team has integrated into a cohesive vision of expanded open space, improved accommodation of community events, greatly enhanced and more interactive waterfront access and establishment of an economically vibrant active edge that is mindful of and respects the permanent special place for Clearwater and our region that is Coachman Park,” said Planning and Development Director Michael Delk. “We’ve established a commitment to engage the citizens of Clearwater in the process in determining their priorities and aspirations for this extraordinary but underutilized public space.”
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall won the prestigious 2017 Judges Choice Award at the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Jan. 26 at the Sheraton Sand Key Hotel.

Zev Buffman, president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc., and Frank Hibbard, Ruth Eckerd Hall vice-chair, accepted the award.

The chamber noted that at the discretion of the judges when two outstanding organizations are nominees in the same category and both rated equal in all of the six standards of assessing the organization, the judging committee can agree to bestow the Judges’ Choice award.
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall recently received a $250,000 gift from Raymond James as part of the theater’s ongoing Expanding the Experience fundraising campaign.

Zev Buffman, Ruth Eckerd Hall president and CEO, received the gift from Tom James, executive chairman of Raymond James, in front of the Ruth Eckerd Hall board of directors, members and other guests in attendance at the theater’s annual dinner on Jan. 25.

In recognition of the generous donation, the central ticket office at Ruth Eckerd Hall will be named the Raymond James Central Ticket Office at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
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CLEARWATER - Nelson Construction and Renovations, a design-build company located in Clearwater, recently won another award for service.

Nelson Construction and Renovations is a family business with more than a decade of experience building and remodeling homes and commercial properties all over the Tampa Bay area.

Led by general contractor Greg Nelson and his wife Dominique Nelson, the Clearwater-based company has spent many years perfecting its system into an organized, service-oriented approach. Projects have included award-winning historic restorations, whole home remodels, teardowns and new-builds, large home additions, and custom new-builds.
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CLEARWATER - Bakery Makel, a Latin bakery, recently opened its doors at 2140 Drew St. in Clearwater.

Owner Kelly McCann has recruited international pastry chef Mabel Weimar. Weimar has been in the bakery business for 26 years and is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. She has the technique and skill to prepare baked items from around the globe.

The bakery offers a full line of pastries, specialty cakes and wedding cakes, including fondant cakes. Also available are many types of breads and a full line of desserts.
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Planning is underway for a March 4 reunion of former Clearwater Sun employees, and the planning committee is attempting to contact anyone who ever worked in any department at the former newspaper.

Anyone who is a former employee - or anyone who knows someone who may have worked there - is asked to provide email addresses for news and updates about the reunion plans. The email addresses will not be shared and will be utilized only for reunion news.

Anyone who wants to be included or knows how to reach former Sun employees is asked to submit names and email addresses to Dorothy Smiljanich at dsmiljanich@gmail.com; Tom Keyser at tomkeyser17@gmail.com or Ron Stuart at flbbref@aol.com.
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Wednesday, February 8
CLEARWATER - A water main break has occurred on Harbor Island in the Island Estates area of Clearwater. Crews from Clearwater's Public Utilities Department immediately responded and repaired the 6-inch water main; it is now back in service.

A Precautionary Boil Water Notice has been issued to about 75 homes that include addresses from 637 to 900 Harbor Island. Those who are impacted by the water main break have already been contacted and received a door hanger on their property by crews who went door-to-door.

If a resident has not received a door hanger, that property is not affected, and no action is required. A rescission notice will be issued to the affected properties when water samples are reported clear after testing. Test results should be available Feb. 11 or 12.
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