LARGO - The Barley Mow Brewing Company recently finished the first phase of a new production facility in Largo, allowing it to make 3,000 barrels of beer a year shipped to 150 breweries across the state - from Jacksonville to the Keys.
But that’s just the beginning. Next week, the brewery will start canning its beer, to be sold as six-packs at the Barley Mow tavern, at 518 W. Bay Drive. By the end of August, owner Jay Dingman hopes the cans will be fully vetted and ready to be sold in grocery stores across the state.
LARGO - The Largo Public Library currently is accepting donations, sponsorships and vendors for the second annual Book Maniacs’ Mini-Golf event Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 120 Central Park Drive.
The event will feature the Family Fairway Course, an 18-hole family putt-putt course spread throughout the library, or for little ones, the Toddler Tee-Off Course, a nine-hole toddler course in the Children’s Program Room. Visitors will be invited to play or putter around the vendor shopping area and grab a snack.
LARGO - The city of Largo is ready to design enhancements to encourage pedestrians to come off the Pinellas Trail and explore Largo’s downtown district.
Right now, those biking, running or walking the Pinellas Trail overpass might not even know that they’re crossing over West Bay Drive, passing through an area that the city is working to develop into a thriving downtown. Creating a “more welcome thoroughfare” will invite in the “thousands of people every week that ride past Largo and don’t stop and pause,” Mayor Woody Brown said June 9.
LARGO - A legal firm experienced in the development of special assessments will begin studying how a fire fee could work in the city of Largo, as an effort to raise extra funds for more firefighters and, indirectly, police officers.
Largo commissioners voted 5-1 June 16 to hire Bryant Miller Olive to prepare the study at a cost of $120,000. Commissioner Michael Smith was the sole vote against the measure; Commissioner Jamie Robinson was absent.
The fire fee potentially could supplant general fund revenue by raising funds specifically to fund fire protection services. The fee, legally, is different from a tax, City Attorney Alan Zimmet explained during the commission meeting. But commissioners were not shy in agreeing with the public comments that called the special assessment a tax.
LARGO - The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas presented two $1,000 scholarships to Largo High School graduates of the Key Club, a Kiwanis-sponsored youth organization.
Key Club president Amy Ngo and treasurer Jennifer Cardon were recipients of the scholarships, presented to them at the high school May 28. Both will attend University of Central Florida this fall.
Key Club members pay nominal dues, hold regular meetings, plan, organize and carry out their own service projects throughout the school year, guided by an advisor from the sponsoring Kiwanis Club and a school faculty advisor.
LARGO - Sixteen churches are helping build a new home for Julio and Billie Acevedo and their four children.
Members of the congregations signed the two-by-four studs that are being built into the frames of the house at 523 11th Ave. NW. in Largo. Julio Acevedo placed a Bible that had been blessed into the foundation before the concrete was poured. About 180 church members volunteered about 1,200 hours of their time to make the Acevedo’s dream of home ownership a reality.
LARGO - Largo commissioners gave the initial nod to a program that would allow new owners of abandoned properties to more easily clear code enforcement liens against them, easing the burden of rehabilitating vacant lots within the city.
Commissioners reviewed the New Owner Code Lien Release Program during a work session June 9. The program was designed to help turn around properties that are an eyesore to their neighborhood and have racked up a slew of code enforcement violations. Under the city’s current policies, a new owner has to correct any problems and bring the property back into compliance with the city’s code before the Code Enforcement Board will reduce the liens it levied against the property. The amount of the reduction can vary, but can be no less than $250 plus administrative costs.
But the reduction of the liens - which can be hundreds of thousands of dollars - is not guaranteed. The process can discourage those looking to rehabilitate the house from buying the property in the first place.
LARGO - Two road construction projects began in Largo June 8. The Donegan Road southbound traffic lane between Highland Avenue and Lake Avenue will be closed through June 22 as the city of Largo continues its horizontal directional drill for the ongoing Wet Weather project. Motorists can expect delays as traffic is diverted to one lane.
The horizontal directional drill under Starkey Road at 142nd Avenue is now complete while construction of a new 16-inch forcemain continues from April 29 through June 22 along Eighth Avenue Southwest, between Crescent Drive and 20th Street Southwest.