PALM HARBOR - Unless you’re a history buff and have studied the drinking habits of Robin Hood and his merry men or the Nordic Vikings, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of mead.
But that’s something Bob Lasseter hopes to change.
Lasseter, a former corporate accountant now in his late 60s, operates the Black Fox Meadery at 1688 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor. It is the only such business in Florida, which puts the former newspaper publisher in a pretty good position to grow quickly.
PALM HARBOR - Patriot Bank has moved into a 2,100-square-foot branch at 924 U.S. Alt. 19 that was constructed to replace a leased facility. Patriot Bank now offers expanded customer services including a walk-up ATM, two drive-through lanes and safe deposit boxes.
“Palm Harbor Blvd. (U.S> Alt. 19) is a convenient and central location for our customers,” said Patriot Bank president and CEO David Key. “With our Patriot Bank-branded building, the improved visibility and access will likely bring new customers who appreciate the personalized service from a community-based bank.”
PALM HARBOR - It took 63 years, but Palm Harbor United Methodist Church did it again.
For the second time, the church has paid off its mortgage and is debt-free.
Nearly 1,000 parishioners, ranging from newborns to 100 in age, recently filled the parking lots and streets outside the 112-year-old Palm Harbor United Methodist Church to celebrate the burning of the church’s mortgage. “Let it Burn” was the official slogan for the celebration.
PALM HARBOR - Darren Dowdy of Palm Harbor, a sophomore at Osceola Fundamental High School, recently earned the Eagle Scout award.
A member of Boy Scouts Troop 434, Dowdy’s Eagle Scout project was providing seven Adirondack chairs and three tables for an outdoor garden and landscaping a large planter for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Dunedin.
He has received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and Pinellas County Schools Pride in Science Award. Dowdy has also been active in clubs such as Robotics and Future Business Leaders of America. He is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America’s honor society.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Commissioners gave their unanimous approval to three items of business during a second public hearing Feb. 10 that will allow more activities to take place Downtown Historic Palm Harbor.
Acting as the Countywide Planning Authority, commissioners said yes to an amendment to the Countywide Future Land Use Plan that would allow the amendment to the Downtown Historic Palm Harbor Master Plan.
PALM HARBOR - It all started about three years ago during a birthday celebration.
That’s when Jeff Domb, Sean Greelish and Sam Price were sipping on a few ones at the Palm Harbor House of Beer when Price said he had $100,000 he wanted to sink into a brewery operation if Domb and Greelish would be interested in joining.
The three long-time friends, who were also veteran home-brewing hobbyists, agreed it was a great idea. So after jumping through a few hoops, the Stilt House Brewery and craft beer taproom opened Nov. 29 at 625 Alt. U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County Commissioners will take comment on proposed changes to the Downtown Historic Palm Harbor Master Plan during a second public hearing scheduled on Feb. 10.
A related hearing will allow comment on amendments to the county’s land development code to accommodate changes to allow artisan establishments and alcoholic beverage production facilities in downtown Palm Harbor.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, or PHCSA, has hired a director to head East Lake Recreation in December, paying the recommended applicant $10,000 more than the agency originally budgeted for the job.
Mark Sanders accepted the job, with a salary of $58,000, on Dec. 23. It’s a significant drop in pay for the former high school athletic director, who was making $91,000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. But the increase caused a stir in the PHCSA board that oversees East Lake Recreation as they debated whether to approve the increased salary Dec. 17.
Board member Elliot Stern said the board knew the salary gap could raise an issue.
PALM HARBOR - Allegany Franciscan Ministries recently announced the appointment of William G. Tapp, CPA, as chairman of the board of directors; Sr. Odette Haddad as vice chairperson; Maria Pinzon as secretary; and Russell Correa and Emery Ivery as new board members.
Their terms started Jan. 1.
Tapp has served as senior managing director for CBIZ MHM LLC and Mayer Hoffman McCann’s Tampa Bay practice since 2010. He has overall responsibility for the Tampa Bay offices and provides leadership and expertise across many of the firm’s practice areas. He also directs strategic planning for CBIZ MHM LLC and represents the firm throughout the Tampa Bay and Southeast community. Tapp has been a member of the Allegany Franciscan Ministries board of directors since 2009, has served as vice chairman since 2013 and as stewardship committee chairman since 2009. He graduated from the University of South Florida and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Indian Shores market INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market is open in the parking lot of the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd., every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May.
The market is free of charge and family friendly. Leashed pets are welcome.
“All of our vendors are local, hands-on owners and operators,” said Market Operations Manager Laura Garrison. “We have organic produce, gourmet foodies and some of the best artists and crafters in the area. And we’re really happy to be part of the Indian Shores community. The administration and the police department of Indian Shores are an incredible group of people to work with.”
Miller Time Jazz Band Concert CLEARWATER – The Miller Time Jazz Band will perform Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Public Library.
Swing to the sound of this local band as they play American Jazz, American Standards, Irish songs, and requests from the audience. The band is a combination of brass, strings, and percussion musicians.
The library is located 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor. For more information, contact 724-1525, ext. 4112.
Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra concert PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra performs Sunday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N.
The concert will feature baritone Jeff Clark and soprano Suzanne Ruley.
This is a free event; donations accepted.
Call 397-3832 or visit www.pinellasparkcivicorchestra.org for more information.
Non-Trivial Pursuits CLEARWATER – Non-Trivial Pursuits will be presented Monday, March 2, 7 p.m., at Chapel-By-The-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.
Harry Coverston will present the program “Is America Still a Christian Nation?”
One of the major questions that has arisen in the culture wars of the late 20th and early 21st century is whether or not America is still a Christian nation. This presentation will give an overview of the historical, legal and cultural issues raised by this question.
Non-Trivial Pursuits, a long-standing program at Chapel-By-The-Sea, offers presentations during the fall and winter on various topics scheduled on selected Monday nights. These presentations include religious and non-religious subjects. The community is invited to these free programs. Light refreshments are served.
Reservations are requested so proper arrangements can be made.
For reservations, call 446-0430. Visit www.chapelbythesea.net.