PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County hosted an open house at Palm Harbor University High School on Jan. 26 to identify updates to the Downtown Historic Palm Harbor Master Plan.
The open house gave residents an opportunity to speak with county staff members to discuss issues and opportunities in three specified areas: character and identity, connectivity, and branding and marketing. They also had the ability to give suggestions about the overall masterplan.
“You can’t complain about something if you don’t give input,” said Josh Drake, a 33-year resident of Palm Harbor.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Utilities’ crews began work Monday, Feb. 20, to install a new gravity sewer main in the Lansbrook neighborhood, in the vicinity of Lansbrook Parkway and Tarpon Lake Boulevard in North Pinellas.
Residents and drivers are advised to avoid the area and enter and exit the neighborhood and other adjacent neighborhoods by way of Village Center Drive or the southern end of Tarpon Lake Boulevard, both which intersect East Lake Road South.
The installation project will require trenching across Lansbrook Parkway to install the new sewer main. That work is expected to fully close the intersection of Lansbrook Parkway and Tarpon Lake Boulevard Wednesday, Feb. 22. As work progresses, the roadway may possibly be open to traffic, as allowable. Residents and travelers in the area should expect traffic to be impacted over the next two to three weeks.
OLDSMAR - City officials recently agreed to move forward with a new conceptual plan for Oldsmar’s long gestating downtown development project, paving the way for a potential mixed-use complex featuring residential, retail and park space to be constructed on State Street next to Oldsmar City Hall.
Tampa architect Francisco Semsch and Oldsmar developer John Bews, who previously worked on the city’s Galleria project, presented their conceptual master plan to Oldsmar officials on Jan. 10, where the pair outlined the key components of the project during an informal workshop.
OLDSMAR - Former East Lake High standout and Oldsmar resident Artavis Scott, who recently won an NCAA National Championship with the Clemson Tigers, was honored by the Oldsmar City Council on Jan. 17 for his accomplishments on and off the field.
Scott, who was born in Clearwater but moved to Oldsmar with his family when he was 11, where he played youth football for the Oldsmar Falcons, had been training in his hometown ever since the Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-31, in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 7 at Raymond James Stadium.
PALM HARBOR - Allegany Franciscan Ministries recently announced the appointment of Sr. Odette Haddad, OSF, as chairperson of the board of directors; and Howard Watts as vice chairperson.
In addition, Emery Ivery has been appointed as secretary, and Sr. Jeanne Williams, OSF, as a new board member. Their terms started Jan. 1, 2017.
The Allegany Franciscan Ministries board of directors is responsible for governing the affairs of the organization, stewarding its resources, establishing its policies and programs, and approving grants and other investments to community organizations.
OLDSMAR - For more than a year, Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis has been pushing his city as a possible landing spot for the Tampa Bay Rays, as St. Petersburg’s Major League Baseball team continues to search for a potential new stadium location.
Beginning last February, when he first made his intentions known, Bevis has held meetings with team officials; presented a conceptual site plan for a stadium and mixed-use development, featuring restaurant, office and retail space, on a vacant 125-acre parcel located across from Tampa Bay Downs; and promoted his plan on the air, thanks to his day job as a deejay at Tampa’s country radio station, US 103.5.
PALM HARBOR - Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ board of directors recently announced $188,000 in Tau Grant awards since July 2016.
Tau Grant funding focuses on increasing access to healthcare and improving health status for underserved marginalized populations through eliminating barriers to health, advocating for health reform and providing health navigation and care coordination in the geographic regions served by Allegany Franciscan Ministries: Tampa Bay (Hillsborough and Pinellas counties) Palm Beach (Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties) and Miami-Dade County. In addition, Tau Grants may be used to support basic and emergency needs such as food, shelter and medication.
Tau Grants awarded in the Tampa Bay region total $74,000, and recipients are First Presbyterian Church, Matthew 25 Homeless Ministry Nutrition Enhancement, $10,000; Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County, Building Healthy Family Lifestyles, $7,000; Faith and Action for Strength Together, Expanding Financial Capacity for Local Advocacy, $10,000; Kimberly Home Inc., Client Education Program: Curriculum Enhancements, $7,000; Light House Gospel Mission Inc., Operation Hope Sulphur Springs Mobile Pantry, $10,000; Mission Tampa, Mission Smiles Dental Clinic, $10,000; Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center, Food Mission, $10,000; and Village Presbyterian Church, Community Food Pantry Health & Nutrition Outreach, $10,000.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Utilities is scheduling a full shutdown of the North County reclaimed water system from Monday, Feb. 6 through Friday, Feb. 10 for the installation of a new automated control valve at Bee Pond Road, in Palm Harbor.
The project requires that the main 36-inch supply line for the North County system be completely shut off to accomplish the installation. The North County system is scheduled to be back in full operation on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The installation project will improve service delivery to reclaimed water customers, while providing automated functionality of the system to streamline workflow.
PALM HARBOR - Area residents are being asked to share their thoughts through a short online survey on what gives downtown Palm Harbor its unique identity as part of a process to update the district’s master plan.
PALM HARBOR - Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ board of directors announced recent All Region, St. Clare and Allegany Community Outreach grant awards.
Grants are intended to fund organizations, programs or initiatives that are strategically aligned with its mission and focus and are awarded through both competitive and non-competitive processes.
$125,000 has been awarded through the All Region Fund, which focuses on activities or projects that support Allegany’s mission and focus, and impact more than one of communities it serves: Florida Community Loan Fund, Program Officer for Health Initiatives, $50,000; Franciscan Center, Veterans Operation: Resiliency Post Trauma Retreat, $30,000; Florida Philanthropic Network, General Operating Support, $20,000; Florida State University Research Foundation, Florida Civic Advance, $15,000; and Catholic Relief Services, Haiti’s Recovery from Hurricane Matthew, $10,000.
OLDSMAR - A string of small-time crimes, including car burglaries, stolen statues and the lights being snipped on the city’s Christmas tree, has plagued Oldsmar in recent weeks, prompting officials to urge residents to be more vigilant and to contact authorities when seeing anything suspicious.
The wave of incidents began in early December when staff members noticed the lights had been cut in the city’s old Christmas tree, which had been set up on the stage at R.E. Olds Park for a holiday performance during the annual Christmas Wonderland event.
OLDSMAR - Early last year, Oldsmar communications clerk Kris Hannon came up with an idea to re-create the Adirondack-style chairs that were prevalent in town during the early years of the city’s century-old history.
But after having difficulty finding the right person for the job, she was ready to give up hope.
Months later, a fortuitous meeting in a City Hall corridor put her face-to-face with the perfect man for the job in Odessa woodworker Ray Poynor, and the chance encounter led to not just a superior version of her Oldsmar Chair Project, but a deep and lasting friendship as well.
EAST LAKE - The East Lake Fire District posted its annual report for fiscal year 2015-2016. It is available to the public at www.elfr.org. Hard copies of the report are available at Fire Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., Palm Harbor.
The East Lake Fire District encompasses 33 square miles of unincorporated Pinellas County and roughly 33,000 residents.
The district operates three fire stations which are always staffed with professional firefighters and paramedics.
PALM HARBOR - Parents that do CrossFit can now go home and their kids are ready to work out with them, thanks to Palm Harbor CrossFit.
Kids Attack Fitness is a new kids fitness program that takes place once a week on Saturday mornings. Typical CrossFit workouts of the day are scaled down to meet a kid’s level of ability, so now kids can CrossFit too.
“Our goal is to get kids active and out to meet new friends,” said Mandi Fram of Palm Harbor CrossFit. “The workouts are fun, encourage teamwork and help to make the kids feel a sense of accomplishment.”