OZONA - When Tony Marino and his wife Jayne drove past Pat’s Landing on Shore Drive back in 1999, Tony knew immediately he wanted it.
After a number of years in the corporate world with Time Warner Cable, Marino was looking for a place to store his boat but the allure of Pat’s Landing was too much to ignore. A few months later, he and his wife purchased the marina and renamed it Marino’s Marina.
Now, more than 15 years later, it is a well-oiled small business that has become a lifestyle for Marino and his wife.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a multi-vehicle crash that occurred about 6:52 p.m. Nov. 18 in the area of U.S. 19 North just south of Tampa Road in Palm Harbor.
According to investigators with the Major Accident Investigation Team, Deputy Stephen West was traveling northbound in the median lane of U.S. 19 North when he struck a 2011 Nissan Maxima, which was stopped in traffic, from behind. The impact caused the Nissan to move to the right, causing the deputy’s vehicle to strike the rear of a 2014 Chevy van.
The driver of the Nissan, identified as 63-year-old Karen Bail, 63, of Clearwater was transported to a local hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. West and the driver of the Chevy, identified as 23-year-old Sean O’Connor, 23, of St. Petersburg transported themselves to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
OLDSMAR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public's help to identify a male suspect wanted in connection with the Nov. 18 robbery of Suntrust Bank, 3500 Tampa Road in Oldsmar.
According to detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit, the suspect entered the bank about 2:40 p.m. and demanded cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The male suspect is described as being possibly Hispanic. He is approximately 5 foot 6 inches in height. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled tight around his head.
LARGO - East Lake Community Library will celebrate its 15th birthday in conjunction with the unveiling of the Bookworms and Butterflies Reading Garden Saturday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m., at 4125 East Lake Road S.
The celebration will include cake, a balloon and music man and a giant birthday card as well as a ribbon cutting for the new garden at 2:15 p.m.
The garden began as an idea several months ago, said library Director Lois Eannel. She and others reasoned that they could get community partners on board to develop the grassy area behind the library into something more.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County commissioners will take public comment about changes to the Old Palm Harbor Downtown Master Plan and supporting amendments to the land development code on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
The public hearing section of the meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the fifth floor Assembly Room in the county courthouse, 315 Court St. in Clearwater.
Amendments would allow outdoor sales and two new types of permitted uses - artisan establishments and alcoholic beverage production facilities.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce and residents will honor survivors and casualties of the surprise attack that brought the United States into World War II on Dec. 7.
To mark the 73rd anniversary of the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor and to honor the sacrifices of those who were at Pearl Harbor on the infamous day in 1941, the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce as well as the Palm Harbor Arts and Seafood Festival, will host Palm Harbor’s first Pearl Harbor Day Tribute at 8 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at the White Chapel in Palm Harbor.
The inaugural ceremony will be held outside of the Historic White Chapel at 1190 Georgia Ave. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Library is holding its inaugural fundraising initiative, Raise The Roof, to generate revenue for a new roof and air conditioning units for the library. The estimated cost is $340,000 to $400,000.
Raise The Roof is a cash raffle with 62 percent of the ticket sales going toward cash prizes - the remainder goes to the initiative.
Participants must be at least 18 to enter and win. Prize drawings will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
PALM HARBOR - A 28-year-old Palm Harbor man died at the scene early Sunday morning after crashing into a truck with a flashing arrow board.
According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, AKCA Paving Company was repairing the road along northbound U.S. 19 north of Bilgore Grove Boulevard. About 3 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, two construction trucks were removing the traffic cones in preparation of reopening the roadway.
One of the trucks had a flashing arrow board that directed traffic to shift right as the inside lane was closed. Stephen Segura, 28, was traveling northbound on U.S. 19 in the inside lane north of Bilgore Grove Boulevard.
Beats on the Bayou Benefit Gala TARPON SPRINGS — The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center is hosting the 2014 Beats on the Bayou Benefit Gala Nov. 22 to raise money to help fund the 2015 Tarpon Springs restoration project.
The Bus Stop Band will play everything from Elvis and Motown to Maroon 5 behind Master of Ceremonies Jenn Holloway. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available throughout the night.
The gala will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane.
Admission is $75 per person and tickets are tax deductible. For tickets, call the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center box office at 942-5605 or visit kathleenmonahanfoundation.org. Attire for the event is dressy-casual.
African Violet Society sale LARGO – The African Violet Society of Pinellas County will host a sale Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the East Bay Oaks Clubhouse, 601 Starkey Road.
African violets and other small plants will be available for purchase.
Arts and crafts festival PINELLAS PARK – Arts and crafters will display and sell their art at the Calvary Chapel Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the church, 8900 U.S. 19 N.
Admission is free.
Call 577-7705 for more information.
Blue Saturday Blue Saturday, Goodwill-Suncoast’s holiday sale that comes before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, will be Saturday, Nov. 22, at all Goodwill-Suncoast stores. Doors will open at 8 a.m.
On Blue Saturday, Goodwill-Suncoast stores will have a big selection of new gift items on sale, and in-store coupons good for $5 off a $25 purchase, $10 off a $50 purchase, $15 off a $75 purchase and $20 off a $100 purchase. No restrictions apply.
For a list of items on sale and for store locations, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.
Crafty Ladies festival PALM HARBOR – The Crafty Ladies will host the 30th annual Winter Art and Craft Festival on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Point Road.
Hours will be Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The creations of more than 50 talented crafters and artists will be available for purchase. The festival will feature a wide variety of items for decorating and gift giving. Shoppers will find jewelry, hand painted glassware and home decor, holiday decorations and much more.
The event also will feature a farmers market, antique and “uniques” area, plant sale and childrens’ activities.
Rainwater workshop ST. PETERSBURG – Educators from University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences Extension Pinellas County will host an informative workshop on Rainwater Harvesting Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
During this 60-minute program, participants will learn the basics of how to conserve water in their landscape and how to build and care for a rain barrel. Participants will also learn how the collected water may be used for plant beds, potted plants and special plant collections.
Completed rain barrels may be purchased for $35 in advance of the event. If the rain barrel will be transported in a vehicle, it is recommended that participants bring something to cover the seats to protect them from possible soil or moisture.
This free program is intended for an adult audience. Advance registration is requested.