OLDSMAR - Florida Highway Patrol says a bicyclist who crashed into a pickup truck Monday afternoon in Oldsmar has died.
Mark Allen Lustfeldt, 52, of Oldsmar was riding his bicycle eastbound on the north portion of the intersection of McMullen Booth Road and Curlew Road in the crosswalk about 4:45 p.m. July 28. Jeffrey Johnston, 23, of St. Petersburg was driving a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup truck southbound in the center lane of McMullen Booth Road approaching the intersection with Curlew Road.
Troopers said Lustfeldt rode his bicycle into the path of the truck, which had the green light. The bicycle collided with the left front portion of the truck. Lustfeldt was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where he later died.
PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor Community Services Agency board members have begun the process of bringing the East Lake Youth Sports Association, or ELYSA, under their wing.
A month ago, board members of the agency, also known as PHCSA, speculated that the Pinellas County commissioners probably wouldn’t grant ELYSA the new property tax levy it had requested. They joked that they wouldn’t have a choice in the matter if the commissioners decided to give them oversight of the volunteer association, and they questioned how sound the plans were for spending the proposed tax revenue stream.
But on July 16, the board squared with the new reality: as of Oct. 1, ELYSA will become the fourth entity it oversees. And, at least for the first year, the structure of that new entity won’t look anything like that of Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation, commonly referred to as CSA Palm Harbor.
CLEARWATER - An overflow crowd got what they asked for June 24 when Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously approved a one-quarter mill tax levy to fund a newly created East Lake Recreation Services District.
After the vote, the day’s final item of business, the large audience rose to its feet and cheered. Many shouted out, thank you!
The only East Lake resident to speak against the new tax was Roger Johnson. He pointed out that residents were already dealing with the stormwater tax, which started last year and cost him an extra $267. Property values also are going up, which drives up property taxes.
PALM HARBOR - After noting discrepancies in the balance sheets of the three entities that they oversee, board members of the Palm Harbor Community Services Agency urged the directors to move to accrual accounting.
East Lake Community Library Director Lois Eannel explained to the board June 18 that the agency’s accountant had discovered several inaccuracies in the balance sheets of the East Lake and Palm Harbor libraries as well as that of Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation. She described the entries as “old journal entries that kept coming up,” though they weren’t reflected in the day-to-day budget of the organizations and were already paid in full.
The mistake at the East Lake library amounted to $5,000 worth of expansion expenses that was quickly identified and zeroed out. In Parks and Recreation, it was a $610,000 lighting project from the previous year that was never marked as “paid.”
PALM HARBOR - The race is on again for honorary mayor in Palm Harbor. An unofficial town, Palm Harbor doesn’t have a mayor. So instead, the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce creates a race each year to elect an honorary member who rides in the holiday parade and attends chamber ribbon cuttings.
This year, three candidates will fight it out for the title:
- Frank Nabozny of Green Tech Termite and Pest Control, Inc. Nabozny will raise money for the Suncoast Hospice Foundation.
Exxon station adds U-Haul PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor Exxon, located at 36300 U.S. 19 N., recently added U-Haul products and services to the gas station services it has been offering customers since 1995. The business now offers a variety of moving equipment and supplies including after-hours drop-off, support rental items, trucks and trailers. Business hours are daily, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, or to rent moving equipment, call 475-7378 or visit Palm Harbor Exxon online at uhaul.com.
My Salon Suite opens new site PALM HARBOR - My Salon Suite has opened its newest location at 30669 U.S. 19 N., adjacent to Salon Centric in the Seabreeze Shopping Center at Curlew Road. My Salon Suite is the latest concept in beauty services bringing together a collection of independent beauty professionals in one luxurious location. For more information, visit www.palmharbor.mysalonsuite.com or call 813-602-1MSS.
Sol Terra Lifestyle Center opens PALM HARBOR - Bliss Empowerment and Wellness Center is expanding into downtown Palm Harbor with the opening of Sol Terra Lifestyle Center at 1090 Michigan Ave. A group of instructors provides a wide variety of wellness classes designed to improve overall health, enhance well-being and encourage individual growth. Some of the classes include various types of yoga and zumba, belly dancing, journey dancing, drumming, and ballroom dancing. Also offered is an array of personal health educational classes, such as essential oils, meditation, yoga certifications and healing arts. Visit www.SolTerra.guru for more information.
PALM HARBOR - A Holiday woman died Friday morning after being hit by a car about 6 a.m. on U.S. 19 north of Tampa Road.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Michael Paul Marinin, 38, of Tarpon Springs was traveling northbound on U.S. 19 in a 2006 Toyota Corolla just north of Tampa Road in the outside lane. Rhonda Angelica Dreher, 49, was in the center grass median.
The FHP investigator said Dreher ran eastbound across U.S. 19 and into the path of Marinin’s car. She was transported to Mease Countryside Hospital where she died about 7:30 a.m.
PALM HARBOR - A Tampa man died from injuries suffered when his motorcycle was struck by a car about 6:44 p.m. July 8 on County Road One near Countryshire Lane in Palm Harbor.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ronald D. Hunter, 74, of Dunedin was attempting to cross County Road One in a 2003 Toyota Camry when he traveled into the path of a 2012 Suzuki MC 1000 being driven by Robert Charles Vath, 24.
Vath’s motorcycle struck the passenger side of the Camry. Vath was ejected from the motorcycle. He was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center where he later died. Jerri M. Hunter, 73, of Dunedin, the passenger in Hunter’s car, received serious injuries and was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Charges are pending.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Belleair Women’s Republican Club's candidates forum BELLEAR – A forum for candidates for circuit court judgeships and Pinellas County School Board seats will be held at The Belleair Women’s Republican Club’s monthly meeting Friday, Aug. 1, at the Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane.
Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon. The cost is $22. For reservations by July 29. Please call or email Pat Watts at 595-1791 or email email@example.com or Sherrie Morton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees can pay at the door with a check or cash. The club does not accept credit cards.
A forum featuring opposed 6th District Court judicial candidates and Pinellas County School Board candidates will be there.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.
Indian Shores library book sale INDIAN SHORES – The Indian Shores Library plans a book sale Saturday, Aug. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, offering books, magazines and puzzles in good condition. The sale will take place outside the Indian Shores Municipal Center, 19305 Gulf Blvd.
To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, the library staff is giving those who spend $5 an ice cream sandwich. A tall glass of lemonade will also be served to donors.
Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping ST. PETERSBURG – An Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping will be presented Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE.
During this free two-hour program, UF/IFAS Extension agent Brian Niemann will provide information on the basics of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and composting.