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.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives need help from the public to identify a man wanted in connection with the Friday afternoon robbery of a bank in Palm Harbor.
According to the sheriff’s report, robbery occurred about 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Cadence Bank, 36301 U.S. 19 N. in Palm Harbor
Detectives said the suspect entered the bank, walked towards a teller, pointed a gun and demanded cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot, heading south through the shopping plaza, with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 40 to 50 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches in height with a stocky build. He had a dark mustache and was wearing a black wig (possibly a mullet). He was last seen wearing a white Tampa Bay Lightning hat, a long sleeved white shirt (possibly fisherman's style) with a red T-shirt underneath, gray sweatpants, white socks, white sneakers and dark sunglasses.
PALM HARBOR - A Palm Harbor man was arrested at his home in Palm Harbor Dec. 16 on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of three females under the age of 12.
According to a report from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Donald Keith Emerson, 55, is accused of touching the victims inappropriately. Deputies said two of the victims are currently under the age of 12. The third victim was under the age of 12 when Emerson allegedly molested her several years ago. All the incidents occurred at a private residence in Palm Harbor.
PALM HARBOR - The community will have an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit Saturday, Dec. 13 when the 32nd annual Palm Harbor Community Holiday Parade rolls down Nebraska Avenue.
Following the parade, the inaugural Holiday in the Harbor celebration will take place from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at Harbor Hall, 1190 Georgia Ave. Admission is free.
More than 40 units are expected for the parade, which gets underway at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Westlake Boulevard and Nebraska. From there, the route goes west to Omaha Street and two blocks south on Omaha to Georgia Avenue, before ending at Georgia Avenue and 11th Street in downtown Palm Harbor.
PALM HARBOR - The committee assigned to choose the first director of East Lake Recreation has selected Mark Sanders, an athletic director for a high school in Minneapolis, for the job.
The Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, which oversees the East Lake Recreation, approved the selection during a Nov. 19 meeting. The committee currently is in negotiations with Sanders, and hopes to have the deal finalized by the agency’s next meeting on Dec. 17.
“He was far and away the best candidate,” said PHCSA board member Tom McKone, who acted as chair of the three-person selection committee. “He’s got vast experience and certifications.”
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.
The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.
Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.
Historical Society meeting SEMINOLE – Jay Starkey Jr. will speak at the Seminole Historical Society meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N., Room 210B.
He is the son of Jay Starkey Sr., the pioneer Pinellas County resident for whom Starkey Road is named. Jay Sr. was not only a local cattle rancher, but also the County tax collector, a bank director and a conservationist who worked to preserve Pinellas’ beauty.
His son will speak about his impact on the county and Florida’s west coast in the 20th century.
Copies of “Things I Remember,” written by Jay Sr., will be available at the meeting to members at no charge while supplies last.
Admission is free; the public is invited to attend.
Call 391-1433 for more information.
Largo Toastmasters meeting LARG0 – Largo Star Toastmasters Club 5933 invites new members to its weekly meeting on Wednesdays, 12:05 to 1:05 p.m., at the Young Rainey Star Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road No. 120 in Largo.
The club is open to all residents and workers in the Largo, Pinellas Park and Seminole areas.
A Toastmasters club provides a supportive and positive environment where members have the opportunity to develop their oral communication and leadership skills. Come watch as members present speeches, develop leadership skills by serving in various club positions and participate in Table Topics sessions in a relaxed yet structured one-hour setting.
MOAA luncheon The Clearwater Chapter of The Military Officers Association (MOAA) will meet at the Clearwater Country Club, 525 Betty Lane, at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28 for its monthly luncheon. The guest speaker will be Col. Bill Horne, USAF RET.
All military officers, their spouses, survivors and auxiliary members are invited. Jackets are requested. Reservations are required. Call Jane Belson at 535-9151.
NARFE Chapter 1140 luncheon meeting ST. PETERSBURG – Chapter 1140 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host its next monthly luncheon meeting Wednesday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m., at the Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet Restaurant, 391 34th St. N.
NARFE Chapter 1140 includes the Gulf Beaches and southern Pinellas County. All Federal retirees and active Federal employees are encouraged to attend. Spouses and guests are welcome to attend.
There will be a discussion of up-to-date issues particularly relevant for active and retired Federal employees. New officers for 2015 will be introduced. For information, call 446-1619.
Evening of jazz The Safety Harbor Library Foundation invites the public to swing with jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her dynamic band at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29. Prior to the show at 6:30 p.m., there will be a wine and cheese reception with opportunities for silent auction items.
All proceeds will support the Foundation’s 20/20 Vision – Let’s Build a Story capital campaign. The program is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.
Clearwater Public Library book sale CLEARWATER – The Friends of the Clearwater Public Library will host a book sale on Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Jan. 30-31, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave
. A special collectibles area will be set aside for rare and collectible books. Each book is individually priced.
A special pre-sale event with entry donation of $10 will be held on Jan. 28, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Daughters of Italy to host meeting DUNEDIN – The Daughters of Italy Lodge No. 2825 will host its monthly meeting on Jan. 29 at Clearwater Community Church, room 206 of the education building, 2897 Belcher Road.
Italian and non-Italian women and their guests are invited to attend. Buffet dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m.; cost is $8 per person. Please RSVP by Jan. 22.
Fit Over 50 expo set SEMINOLE – The city of Seminole will host its 14th annual Fit Over 50 health and wellness expo Thursday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex, 9100 113th St. N.
This event, which focuses on the health and wellness of Pinellas County seniors, will include freebies, entertainment, a healthy salad buffet, a vendor expo, hands-on fitness and wellness demonstrations, health screenings and more.
This expo is free and open to the public.
Call Kristyn Sabbag at 391-8345 for more information.