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LARGO - The city of Largo and a local beekeeper have planted the seeds of a partnership that could yield some pretty sweet results in the near future.

Jim Johnson of Johnson Family Apiaries has entered into an agreement to establish a collection of beehives on a vacant portion of city-owned property to help the environment and possibly make a little honey and money in the process.

“It’s a situation where we are trying to find a habitat where we can promote bees and do some education with them and hopefully it will be a good venture for both of us,” said Johnson, who will be setting up 30 to 50 hives of European honeybees on a piece of land off Eighth Avenue Southeast and Donogan Road that served as a city dump decades ago.
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LARGO - City leaders say Largo isn’t getting its fair share of EMS funding from the county and they are ready to make some noise about it.

Commissioners said during a work session Feb. 9 that their patience is wearing thin because the city is entitled to an extra $1.2 million and meetings with county officials are going nowhere.
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LARGO - Largo City Commissioner Jamie Robinson might not be resigning after all.

Robinson, who cited a new job that would require frequent traveling in his resignation letter Jan. 27, said during a work session Feb. 9 that a new opportunity has presented itself and he might get to stay.
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LARGO - The Largo Police Department has been hitting the streets in February for the first of many High Visibility Enforcement operations focusing on bicycle and pedestrian safety.

The effort is focused on reducing traffic crashes and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Crashes involving vulnerable roadway users are more likely to result in fatal or serious injuries than other types of crashes.
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LARGO - Scott Thompson, CEO of the Greater Largo Library Foundation, was the featured speaker at the Feb. 5 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas.

He brought Largo Kiwanians up to date with the Largo Library programs, including a mobile branch that will take books for children, teens, and adults to stops for people who are homebound or just have trouble getting to the Largo Library.

The bookmobile also will have computers so that people can get or renew a library card, as well as check out and return books, tapes, movies, etc. Grants and funds raised by Foundation events will pay for the services so that it does not come out of the city budget.
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Sunday, February 7
Pinellas County Utilities customers in the area of Ulmerton Road and Automobile Boulevard in Largo can expect an interruption to potable water service overnight on Monday, Feb. 8, as crews perform maintenance working on the existing water main.

Pinellas County crews plan to begin maintenance work at 9 p.m. on Monday and the work is expected to be finished by 4 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.
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Wednesday, February 3
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For years, the city has put its full force behind fostering growth and redevelopment in major activity centers. Those efforts have led to the creation of several residential and commercial projects. By using community relationships, salesmanship and economic incentives, city leaders have no intent of relinquishing that momentum. Here’s a look at some of the projects on the horizon or in the works that are creating optimism.

Tri-City Plaza, 5360 East Bay Drive
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LARGO - Two longtime city staffers are among the semifinalists to replace Largo City Manager Mac Craig when he retires in March.

Assistant city managers Henry Schubert and Michael Staffopoulos are two of eight candidates on a list of potential replacements provided to the City Commission by W.D. Higginbotham Jr., senior vice president of The Mercer Group, the Seminole-based firm the city hired to conduct the search.
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LARGO - If you’re concerned about the future of the city, then your chance is coming to have your voice heard.

The city will be hosting a series of community conversations to help leaders better understand the type of city residents want to live in. Each 90-minute conversation is a chance for officials to hear community members’ aspirations for Largo and what they believe might shape its future. This is not a typical Town Hall meeting or a focus group, but rather a set of small group roundtable conversations with a city representative facilitator and notetaker.
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Largo Fire Rescue Cadets came back from the Florida Cadet Winter Fire Games in Orlando with some new hardware.

The cadets, in two teams, competed in seven different events against 17 other departments or teams from around the state Jan. 23 and captured two trophies, second and third place in the CPR event.

The cadets have been training for months to compete in subjects such as EMS skills, rapid bunker gear dress, hose line evolutions and communications drills.

Thirteen cadets participated in the event that was held at Disney Springs and organized by the Florida Fire Chiefs Association.
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