PALM HARBOR - For years, the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency has included areas of north Pinellas County otherwise unincorporated and, subsequently, shut out of county budgets and Penny for Pinellas money. But almost eight months after his election, County Commissioner Dave Eggers is already working to include those communities.
“I have to personally thank Dave,” said Lois Eannel, director of the East Lake Community Library, at the June 17 PHCSA meeting. “He’s tried very hard to bring public money to unincorporated areas.”
Eannel also said she’s been meeting with Mary Scott Hardwick, a governmental liaison with Pinellas County, about increasing funds to unincorporated areas in north Pinellas.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Library took a big step toward becoming a well-rounded community cultural center for the arts May 20 with the unveiling of its new David Meltzer Musical Instrument Collection for kids.
The unveiling of this latest community collection, which is located in the Youth Services Department of the library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., was celebrated with both speeches from library officials, as well as a live performance by musician Bruce Johnson who used an Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, which is string instrument similar in appearance to a guitar, to play several famous folk songs. Following the performance of pieces ranging from “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Sounds of Tennessee” to “You Are My Sunshine,” attendees were pleasantly surprised with gifts of plastic kazoos, harmonicas and flutes.
PALM HARBOR - I Love US 19 FL has partnered up with The 2nd Basemen, a local charity, to introduce The Beautiful Bag Project.
The Beautiful Bag project was created with the objective to bring awareness to The 2nd Basemen as well as I Love US 19 FL and to raise funds to provide financial assistance to families affected by breast cancer.
“We will have this beautiful bag at each one of our events and every time someone makes a donation to The 2nd Basemen they get to sign the bag,” said Patricia Filomeno in a press release. Filomeno is the creative source behind I Love US 19 FL. “Once the bag is completely filled with signatures, we will auction it off - donating 80 percent of the proceeds to this wonderful charity.”
PALM HARBOR -- At the May 20 Palm Harbor Community Services Agency meeting, East Lake Community Library Administrative Services Coordinator Lisa McCarthy, sitting in for Director Lois Eannel, said that the library is continuing discussions with the Pinellas County Commission, specifically Commissioner Dave Eggers, about expanding parking.
Eannel has been lobbying for the Pinellas County School District’s support in creating a shared parking lot between the library and Cypress Creek Elementary School just to the north along East Lake Road, Tampa Bay Newspapers reported in April; a new parking lot is expected to cost about $300,000.
Eggers contacted the library about possible county grants that could be used to help cover some of the costs, McCarthy said, but the talks are only preliminary.
EAST LAKE - East Lake Fire Rescue is taking strides to improve rescue efforts in underwater accidents in Pinellas County.
Currently, Pinellas County 600 Series requires fire departments to request a dive team for any underwater emergency situations, such as a submerged vehicle. In north Pinellas, the closest dive team is in Clearwater.
“It doesn’t do much good if you’re sitting around waiting for them to get here from Clearwater,” said East Lake Fire Chief Tom Jamison. “And it’s not like they’re sitting and waiting to leave. They’re all usually assigned to other rescue apparatuses, so they have to move personnel around, get their equipment and get to the scene. That takes 30 minutes minimum.”
CLEARWATER - Staff from Palm Harbor and East Lake libraries and recreation facilities presented their proposed budgets for fiscal year 2016 to Pinellas County Commissioners May 7.
All asked that the .25 mil ad valorem property tax assessment per entity continue another year.
Erica Lynford, director of the Palm Harbor Palm Harbor Community Services Agency, told the commission that the recreation department was having a “really good year.” She said the agreement for CSA to operate White Chapel and neighboring Harbor Hall was working well with more events and activities being scheduled there than before.