OLDSMAR - For years, Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis has been playing with the idea of bringing the Tampa Bay Rays to his city located at the top of Old Tampa Bay, but many people questioned whether he was serious or not.
Late last month, Bevis made it clear his idea is not a joke.
During what the mayor called the first ever press conference in the city's 100-year history on Oct. 27, Bevis revealed his conceptual master plan for a new Rays stadium and mixed-use development complex, which would be built over 400 acres of land spanning both sides of Race Track Road near Tampa Bay Downs and includes hotels, retail shops, restaurants, a movie theater, high-rise residences and a two-story driving range.
EAST LAKE - Dressed in their finest, Palm Harbor's most important influencers, community leaders and business owners made their way to East Lake Woodlands for their Annual Awards Dinner, Oct. 20.
"It's a very exciting time of the year," said Chairman of the Board Christen Gonzalez, who would be passing the gavel to the new chairman and act as the MC of the night.
Some of the biggest names from both the county and the state were also in attendance, including County Commissioner Dave Eggers, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, state Rep. Chris Sprowls and a representative for Sen. Jack Latvala.
EAST LAKE - East Lake Fire Rescue will be holding its third annual 5k Run for Charity Saturday, Oct. 22, All proceeds will benefit the Children's Burn Foundation of Florida, Friends of Joshua House and other local charities.
East Lake Fire Rescue had a chance to stop by Joshua House on Oct. 18 for a full tour of the facility. DeDe Grundel, the executive director of Friends of Joshua House who provided the tour, explained that they were extremely thankful for the donations received after last year's 5k Run which provided funds to purchase brand new mattresses.
"Our children are ages 6-17 years old, come from significant cases of abuse and neglect, therefore, support is needed and very much appreciated," she said.
PALM HARBOR - After 18 years and millions of nationwide shipments processed, FreightCenter recently was recognized as a leading business on the Gulf coast of Florida.
A nationwide third-party logistics provider, FreightCenter ranks 206 out of 500 and 43 in the business-to-consumer services industry. The Gulf Coast 500, published by Business Observer magazine, ranks the largest companies by revenue and growth from nine Gulf coast counties.
“This award proves that we remain a force that drives industry in our state,” said Matthew Brosious, chief executive officer, in a press release. “When my father and I started FreightCenter in 1998, we were looking to help people ship hard-to-ship items like furniture and auto parts. Now we’re in the business of handling logistics for large and medium-sized supply chains and retailers. The key to FreightCenter’s growth is that we’ve never stopped servicing both businesses and individual customers.”
OLDSMAR - Candidates for State Representative, County Commission and School Board relayed their message and platform to voters during the Sept. 19 candidate forum hosted by the Council of North County Neighborhoods and the Greater Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
The forum was open to everyone in Northern Pinellas County.
At East Lake Woodlands Country Club, attendees had the opportunity to meet the candidates in a mix and mingle session before the actual forum began at 6:30 p.m.
OLDSMAR - United States Congressman Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, is known for being a staunch advocate of veteran’s rights, serving as vice-chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and co-chair of the Military Veterans Caucus while sponsoring numerous pieces of legislation designed to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families.
One way Bilirakis stays up to date on the issues affecting America’s veterans is by holding informal meetings with vets and representatives of veterans organizations in order to receive direct feedback about what veterans are looking for from their elected officials.
OLDSMAR - For the past 14 years, Keenan Knopke has held an important full-time job serving as president and CEO of Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor.
Knopke’s side job, however, for which he receives no pay, might be just as important as his primary career.
Knopke and his wife, Rosemary, volunteered to serve as caretakers for the Florida branch of the Remembering Our Fallen exhibit, a national and state-specific photographic war memorial created in 2010 by Nebraska natives Bill and Evonne Williams to help people remember the country’s soldiers who have lost their lives since Sept. 11, 2001.
OLDSMAR - When Brad and Shannon Karczewski moved to Peppertree Drive in Oldsmar last summer, almost immediately they began a campaign to bring traffic calming measures to their dangerous street.
According to the Karczewskis and other residents, over the years drivers have regularly used Peppertree as a shortcut to bypass the traffic lights on nearby Tampa and Curlew roads, and the resulting influx of motorists on the snaking, narrow drive has led to property damage, many near misses with pedestrians, even one fatality.