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LARGO - For the ninth straight year, Largo officials reached out to the community for a series of conversations designed to engage residents and help direct city leaders in future decisions.

The results, which were discussed at a recent work session, reinforced what residents have been saying for several years. They want the city to focus on communication, pedestrian and bicycle safety, small business outreach and improving Largo’s image.
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LARGO - A former building inspector who said he was fired in retaliation for filing a complaint with a state agency has filed a lawsuit alleging the city violated the Florida Whistleblower Act.

The lawsuit, which was filed April 14 but has not yet been served to the city, demands a jury trial and seeks damages, attorney’s fees and costs. It also seeks injunctive relief, which is a court order demanding the defendant stop a specified act or behavior.
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LARGO - Tasker Beal Jr., a lifelong Largo resident and community advocate, transitioned April 21, 2016.

Tasker Jr. was born in Clearwater. He graduated from Pinellas High and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bethune Cookman University. He worked as a physicist with GE and Constellation Technologies.
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Wednesday, April 20
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It’s time for a pop quiz. Guess which city in Central Florida was ranked by Forbes recently as one of the top 25 best places in the U.S. to retire?

Clearwater? Nope. St. Pete? Guess again. No, the answer is right here in Largo.

Forbes sorted through data on about 500 communities to identify locations that would provide the best value for retirees in 2016.

“This is a feather in our cap,” Economic Development Manager Teresa Brydon said. “Hopefully this will be the first of many as we continue to move forward.”
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LARGO - Discussions about regulating clothing donation bins that began nearly two years ago will go on a bit longer after the City Commission decided April 19 to amend a proposed ordinance and postpone a vote on it until June.

The ordinance, which was unanimously rejected by the Planning Board on April 7, requires that the bins must be cleaned or serviced once a week and registered with the city. It also states the bins must have a minimum distance separation from other bins and a permanent screening enclosure.
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LARGO - Bayshore Home Care, a home care provider, has been selected as one of Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces in the midsize category for the sixth consecutive year.

Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback.

The employee survey is conducted by Workplace Dynamics LLC, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement.
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Wednesday, April 13
LARGO - Largo’s roads have been steadily deteriorating over the past decade, and city engineers told city commissioners April 12 that it’s going to take an influx of money to make sure they don’t get even worse.

Engineers said during a City Commission work session that long-term planning is pivotal in maintaining and improving the 137 miles of asphalt roadway in the city, so an extra $2.5 million a year from FY 2022-2042 is needed in order to improve them to satisfactory status.
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LARGO - Since a July 5 fire, the property on Seminole Boulevard that once housed the Fireplace Restaurant and two surrounding businesses has been left untouched amid complications over demolition and insurance settlements.

That finally may be changing.

As of April 11, the property has a new owner and Carlos Yepes, president and CEO of the Belleair Development Group in Pinellas Park, said plans are in place to demolish the site within a couple of weeks and redevelop the site.
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Wednesday, April 6
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LARGO - In January 2009, a knock on the door of Sharon Blair’s Largo home changed the course of her life. It was from a Pinellas County deputy, who told her that her daughter had died from a drug overdose.

That pain and the knowledge that it could’ve been prevented have fueled Blair for the past seven years as she has pushed Florida lawmakers to pass the Jennifer Act, a bill named after her daughter, Jennifer Reynolds, that would help those struggling with prescription drug addiction.
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