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Largo offers a variety of summer camps, including Construction Camp, which took a visit to Environmental Services led by Public Works Assistant Director Chas Jordan.
LARGO - The candidate qualifying period begins Friday, July 29, but the list of candidates thus far is short and the list of contested races is even shorter.

Mayor Woody Brown is among three members of the City Commission who have announced they will run for re-election. Vice Mayor Jamie Robinson is running uncontested for Seat 4 and Commissioner Curtis Holmes faces competition from local businessman Neil McMullen for Seat 3.
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LARGO - Largo Fire Rescue’s Public Education division recently created an online discussion on LoveL­argoF­L.com to encourage community feedback on public safety outreach. The discussion is formatted to encourage residents and organizations to comment on public safety topics they would like to learn more about or submit their own ideas.

This outreach initiative will help tailor safety education to the specialized needs of groups, organizations, social events, expos and community meetings in Largo.

Educational topics listed on the citizen engagement website include hurricane preparedness, fire safety, fall prevention and swimming safety. LoveL­argoF­L.com members also are encouraged to submit their own ideas on safety education outreach that would be the most suitable for their community or organization.
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Wednesday, July 20
LARGO - Beware, Largo residents. Invisible monsters have invaded Central Park.

But don’t fret, because hordes of gamers armed with smartphones are hunting them down in a hurry.
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LARGO - City leaders aren’t ready to get aboard the state’s new Gateway Expressway project, especially since Largo taxpayers will have to pay $4.6 million for it.

Commissioners voted 7-0 on July 19 to postpone a vote on an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation until they speak with state Sens. Jack Latvala or Jeff Brandes about the ramifications of denying it - a move that could cost the city even more.

FDOT says the project will create a direct connection from I-275 to U.S. 19 and from I-275 to the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport and the Bayside Bridge via an elevated tolled expressway. The project will include roadway widening, new toll lanes, and improved connectivity between the Bayside Bridge, Roosevelt Boulevard, Ulmerton Road, U.S. 19, 118th Avenue North and I-275.
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LARGO - After two years of work and several “ups and downs,” as Joan Byrne, director of Arts, Parks and Recreation, put it, a tree adventure course will finally be coming to Highland Recreation Complex

City of Largo Commissioners unanimously voted July 19 to approve a contract with Treeumph! to construct and operate a course that will feature a zip line at Highland.

“We have a preliminary design for Largo that includes a children’s course, two different sequentially more challenging adult courses and then a zip line course out over the ponds at Highland Recreation Complex,” Treeumph! owner Aaron Corr said.
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LARGO - A group of dancers from Tutterow Dance Academy in Largo left July 15 on the trip of a lifetime.

The 17 dancers and their families embarked on a trip for a four-country performance tour through Western Europe, visiting Ireland, England, France and Germany.

Highlights of the trip include a performance at a theater in Ballybunion, Ireland, taking classes at the world-famous Pineapple Studios in London, visiting the Royal Academy of Dance in London, a performance at EuroDisney in Paris and four days touring in Germany.
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Registration open for Citizens’ Academy
LARGO - Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 edition of the Citizens’ Academy of Largo. The nine-week program consists of weekly sessions (6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday nights) designed to educate residents about the inner workings of their city government.

Academy participants will tour key facilities, learn about the challenges facing future development, talk with city leaders about current issues and events affecting Largo and interact with city staff at all levels.

Applications are available by visiting Largo­.com/­Volun­teer and must be submitted by Sept. 5. For more information, call City Clerk Diane Bruner at 727-587-6710 or email dbruner@largo.com.
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Wednesday, July 13
LARGO - Plans to rebuild Fire Station 43 in Belleair Bluffs have been a work in progress since 2009. The facility, which was housed in a 1960s gas station, needed major repairs and lacked the proper apparatus and equipment to meet current standards.

In November, after years of negotiations and setbacks, an agreement to reconstruct the station was reached, and the city of Largo quickly went into action. For the past three months, city officials have been working to develop a design for the station that will be operated by Largo Fire Rescue. They will soon focus on engineering needs, such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing.

There’s one obstacle in their way, however. Or more like 500,000 of them.
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LARGO - In the years following the Great Recession, Largo’s Recreation, Parks and Arts Department was hit hard. The economic decline cost the division nearly a third of its employees, and city officials even suggested closing the nature parks in order to stop the bleeding.

A group of concerned citizens, however, stepped forward and said they would do whatever it took to keep the parks open. Six years later, thanks to the Friends of the Largo Nature Parks and the efforts of its volunteers, the parks are not only open, but also thriving. And now it wants to know how to take the next step.
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