CLEARWATER - For more than two decades, children from all across Tampa Bay have gathered to cast their rods and reels into local waters as they laugh and play and enjoy the camaraderie of a shared rite of childhood.
But these particular kids are more than the sum of their parts.
They are extraordinary - a distinction that sets them apart and brings them together.
CLEARWATER - City leaders reaffirmed their support for the proposed extension of Penny for Pinellas, a tax levy that funds infrastructure projects throughout the county, and approved an amended resolution for an inter local agreement with Pinellas County, on Aug. 3 during a meeting of the Clearwater City Council at city hall.
The city initially approved a similar resolution in April, but was asked to approve an amended resolution after the county revised language regarding a joint review committee.
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.
CLEARWATER - Spectrum Field in Clearwater has seen its share of large crowds over the years, with thousands of fans packing the stadium for Phillies spring training games, high school graduation ceremonies and Fourth of July fireworks displays, among other events.
But the atmosphere at the Clearwater Threshers’ home should be unusual next week, as former University of Florida gridiron star and current New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow comes to town with the team’s St. Lucie affiliate for a four-game series beginning Monday, Aug. 14.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater was re-designated a Coast Guard City on Aug. 4 at a ceremony to recognize the city’s support and commitment to the agency.
The designation, endorsed by Congress and the Coast Guard, was made to recognize the outstanding support the community provides to Coast Guard personnel and their families. Men, women and their families from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Station Sand Key and Sector St. Petersburg call Clearwater home.
The city of Clearwater was designated a Coast Guard City in December 2011. Only 21 cities in the United States have received that designation. Clearwater was the 13th city to be designated a Coast Guard City. The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce initiated the application process for both the original designation and this year’s re-designation. Once a city has been designated a Coast Guard City, it must reapply for designation every five years.
CLEARWATER - Pie Five Pizza Co. - the fast-casual restaurant known for its customizable pizzas prepared and ready to enjoy in five minutes or less - made its local debut July 31 at 2689 Gulf to Bay Blvd. in Clearwater Mall.
It is the first Pie Five in the Tampa Bay area and the second in Florida.
Open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pie Five offers meals handcrafted from fresh, hand-cut veggies and artisan toppings.
CLEARWATER - The city of Clearwater will move forward with a feasibility study for enhancements at the Main Library, at a cost of just less than $100,000.
During a city council workshop on July 31, council members accepted a bid for $99,520 by Williamson Dacar Associates to complete a feasibility study to repurpose the main campus of the Clearwater Library as recommended by Imagine Clearwater, the city’s 10-year, $55 million revitalization plan that includes a variety of strategies that would help develop the waterfront to its full potential.
When developing the study, the firm will hold a series of library stakeholders meetings to help develop project goals and objectives, as well as master plan integration strategies.
CLEARWATER - Grant Collins recently was named program manager of Warrior Bridge, a ServiceSource Florida program that helps veterans transition from military to civilian life and reintegrate into their communities.
Collins is responsible for administration, employment services, and partnerships with governments, nonprofits, and veterans service organizations, and coordinates referrals to the Veterans Mall, a storeroom of household essentials distributed for free to formerly homeless veterans.
Prior to this appointment, he worked as a service coordinator in Duval Park, a gated 88-unit veterans housing community, and served as a family self-sufficiency coordinator at the Clearwater Housing Authority. Collins coordinated veterans’ services for an Iraq and Afghanistan transition program of the Texas Workforce Commission.
CLEARWATER - Kirsten Karbach’s work day starts with a short trip to Spectrum Field a few hours before the Clearwater Threshers’ game time.
Once there, the USF grad conducts interviews with players and coaches that will be shown on the stadium scoreboard and team website, goes over the starting lineups and stats for the game broadcast and reviews the meticulous notes she compiled at home the night before.
In this respect, Karbach appears to be like any typical young, aspiring journalist with a love of sports and a knack for broadcast communications.
CLEARWATER - City leaders voted to move forward with a public art installation, despite not all council members approving of its aesthetic.
On July 20, Clearwater City Council members approved a $55,000 installation consisting of vibrantly colored window patterns, created by artist Guy Kemper, which 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 Morningside Recreation Center.
The cost of the installation is already included within the recreation center construction budget, according to city parks director Kevin Dunbar.
CLEARWATER - Clearwater City Council members have agreed to authorize an agreement with Forward Pinellas to accept a Complete Streets planning grant to study a concept plan for one of the city’s major downtown thoroughfares.
During its regular meeting on July 20 at city hall, the council unanimously approved the $50,000 grant, which will be matched by the city through direct funding and in-kind services.
The study is expected to lay out guidelines for corridor design improvements from North Osceola Avenue to U.S. 19, utilizing Complete Streets principles, which are designed to make streets safe and accessible for all users and modes of transport, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users.
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 - 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.
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.