LARGO - In preparation for the summer season, Largo firefighters have been practicing how to save children from drowning in a pool.
The new, live pediatric training is a step beyond required training for paramedics and emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, in the department. And the program wasn’t an idea the chiefs in the fire department developed, explained Assistant Fire Chief Michael Handoga.
“This was the firefighters themselves saying, ‘It’s pool season. We want to practice our skills and make sure our proficiency is at the highest levels,’” he said. “They came up with the curriculum all on their own. How do you not support that?”
LARGO - The moratorium on park impact fees - directly responsible for several new developments in Largo - could expire for good in 2016.
Largo commissioners discussed April 14 whether the fee, designed to fund the purchase of future parkland, should be reinstated past its expiration date on May 31, 2016. Several developers of recent large-scale projects like the Gateway North apartment complex have said lack of parkland impact fees tipped the scales in favor of development in Largo, as opposed to elsewhere.
LARGO - The Rotary Club of Largo welcomed Rotary Assistant Governor and Indian Rocks Beach club member Bruce Sobut April 6.
Sobut participated in the 167.5-mile Across Florida bike ride April 12, taking the opportunity to raise awareness and donations for Rotary International’s End Polio Now efforts. This year, there have only been 21 new cases of Polio reported worldwide, mostly in endemic countries.
LARGO - A 2009 Largo High School graduate and Largo native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan.
Petty Officer 3rd Class William Holden is a hull technician aboard the San Diego-based ship, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and one of only 10 operational aircraft carriers in the Navy today.
“I’m a welder, plumber, pipefitter and part-time firefighter onboard ship,” said Holden
LARGO - Construction for Largo’s sanitary sewer wet weather project begins this month, the city announced April 8.
The public is asked to proceed with caution at all times and be aware of temporary road or lane closures and traffic delays that will occur across the city. The following areas are currently scheduled for construction:
LARGO - Blue recycling carts stood at the end of nearly every driveway along 137th Lane North, as Largo commissioners and city officials personally thanked about 25 households for their enthusiastic participation in the city’s mixed recycling program April 3.
Commissioners Jamie Robinson, Samantha Fenger, Donna Holk, City Manager Mac Craig and Assistant City Manager Henry Schubert delivered an indoor recycling storage bag to the doorstep of each home as a token of thanks. The residents of 137th Lane North have been among the most consistent recyclers in the city, since the launch of mixed recycling program in February 2014. On a regular basis, 72 percent participate in the program.
LARGO - The Largo Commission will consider charging its residents a special assessment fire fee, as a way of freeing up property tax revenue to pay for more police officers and firefighters.
Commissioners asked city staff to research the potential parameters of the new fee April 7, after hearing a presentation on special assessments from Ken Small, a representative from the Florida League of Cities. The commission has been focused on increasing its budget for public safety, citing its comparatively low ratio of police officers to city residents, as well as its overtaxed fire department.
The city of Largo dedicated a new magnolia tree April 7 in honor of the Largo Women’s Club’s centennial anniversary, celebrated this year.
The tree was planted in Largo Central Park near the Largo Public Library - a nod to the club’s efforts to collect books that would be the start of the city’s first library as well as its ongoing support over the last century.
The club celebrated the anniversary of its founding in January.
LARGO - Brendan Robert Mazza, 16, of Troop 404 was awarded the rank of Eagle Feb. 9 in Largo.
His official Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony will be held where his troop is based, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Largo, on April 25.
Mazza first learned how rare it is to become an Eagle Scout when he first entered Cub Scouts at age 7, joining Pack 400 at St. John’s Episcopal Church. He was determined to become the first Eagle Scout of his family. When he was 11, he completed Cub Scouts with the highest honor of “Arrow of Light” and crossed over to his current Troop 404.