LARGO - After Tropical Storm Hermine struck last year, city officials said one of the biggest reasons for the more than 24 million gallons of sewage overflows was that two wastewater projects were still under construction.
Once June ends, that shouldn’t be a problem anymore.
LARGO - When Doug Gladstone participated in his first National EMS Memorial Bike Ride in 2011, he was a casual rider who had never entered an organized event.
But despite his inexperience, the Largo resident and Sunstar paramedic decided to enter the Muddy Angels event, a 500-mile ride from Boston to Arlington, Virginia, designed to celebrate the lives of EMS workers who have become sick or injured or have died in the line of duty, in honor of a coworker who died from a head injury.
LARGO - After more than four years of work and discussions, the design of the $5 million Trotter Road reconstruction project is nearly complete.
And if everything goes to plan, construction on the 0.7-mile segment of Trotter Road from Eighth Avenue Southwest to Hillsdale Avenue Southwest would begin before the end of the year, engineers said during a City Commission work session June 13.
LARGO - In a pen at Tampa Bay Emergency Vet Specialists on Belcher Road lies Lazarus the pit bull, who is recovering from surgery.
He’s earned the name.
It was just on June 2 that the abused dog was left for dead in a ditch near Largo City Hall. And it’s likely he would still be there if it weren’t for the compassion of a Largo resident, police officer and an online community of dog lovers who’ve opened up their hearts and wallets to come to the rescue.
LARGO - At the end of a work session in February detailing a new branding campaign, Commissioner Curtis Holmes made one final request of staff about the city’s slogan: “Just get rid of the City of Progress.”
The Communications and Marketing department unveiled Largo’s new logo and tagline, “Largo, Naturally,” June 6 during a City Commission meeting, and the City of Progress was nowhere to be found. The campaign also means that time is running short for what remains of the clock tower on signage throughout the city.
LARGO - Bird lovers from all over Pinellas County eagerly travel many miles to visit McGough Nature Park and its birds of prey program.
Nancy Konijn traveled more than 4,600.
But she didn’t come all the way from the Netherlands to learn how the park takes care of the birds. Instead, she visited for two weeks earlier this month to learn how the park and its birds help take care of people through its Avian Veteran Alliance program.
Konijn is co-founder of Wings of Change in Andijk, Netherlands, where she runs the center that uses birds of prey and natural health techniques to help people with behavioral problems or mental and physical disabilities. Konijn thought she was the only one with such a program until she read articles online about AVA, which uses wounded raptors that veterans empathize with as a form of therapy.
LARGO - Anderson Clean Car Group and its financial partner Directed Capital Resources recently announced the opening of the first NASCAR Car Wash in Florida at 7601 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
Just east of Belcher Road, the new Express Car Wash combines the quality of a full-service tunnel with the speed and convenience of a self-service wash. The car wash also offers 14 vacuum stations, windshield wiper fluid and air for tires, all free with the purchase of a wash.
LARGO - On Memorial Day last year, the Armed Forces History Museum stirred with life during an event that featured activities for children while also honoring those who died serving our country.
This year, there will be no children playing outside on military vehicles, no dignitaries or veterans speaking about the sacrifice of fallen soldiers, no 21-gun salute and no playing of taps.
Taps, however, might be appropriate, because the museum has been closed since January and any prospects of reviving it are bleak, according to Steven Piazza, son of the museum’s founder, John Piazza Sr.
LARGO - City of Largo facilities, including City Hall, Largo Public Library, Central Park Performing Arts Center, Community Center, Highland Recreation and Southwest Recreation complexes, and the Narrows Environmental Education Center at McGough Nature Park will be closed May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.
Also, Largo Solid Waste will not be collecting residential garbage, recycling or bulky items on May 29. Monday residential collection will move to Tuesday, and Tuesday to Wednesday. There will be no change to commercial collections.
LARGO - At the end of a recent budget discussion with city commissioners, OMB Manager Meridy Semones closed with a thought that city and county officials throughout the state are probably thinking right now.
“It’s safe to say that it’s going to be a challenging budget year,” she said.
LARGO - During a debate over proposed regulations for facilities that dispense medical marijuana May 16, some commissioners felt the city was allowing too many and some felt it was allowing too few.
When the discussion ended, five out of the seven city commissioners decided the new rules were good enough for now and adopted the ordinance on second and final reading. Commissioners Curtis Holmes and Jamie Robinson voted against it, each citing different reasons.
LARGO - The city of Largo’s Parks Division was the first city in the Tampa Bay area to introduce 500 air potato leaf beetles to several parks in the fall of 2015 to combat the invasive air potato vine.
According to Greg Brown, superintendent of parks, the beetles are getting the job done.
More than 15 percent of McGough Nature Park was once infested with air potato vines, which are highly invasive, growing up to 70 feet a year and can shade out native plants.