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EAST LAKE - Three Pinellas County commission sat before residents at East Lake Woodlands and answered their questions about community issues hosted by the Council of North County Neighborhoods.

Commissioners Karen Seel, Pat Gerard and Dave Eggers were in attendance, addressing some concerns from the audience made mostly of Palm Harbor and East Lake residents.

Before taking questions, the commissioners made opening statements, introducing themselves and their current projects.
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The Oldsmar City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2017-01 on second reading on Feb. 7, imposing a temporary moratorium on the establishment and operation of medical marijuana dispensing organizations and medical marijuana treatment centers within the city for a period of 180 days.

The move follows that of several communities and counties in the state, including Pinellas County, following the passage of the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Amendment 2, in November 2016, and the decision allows Oldsmar officials to research every angle of the new law before allowing such establishments to operate in town. “This gives us the opportunity to gather information, determine what is in the best interests of the city and bring back to you for your consideration and approval an ordinance dealing with these two types of facilities,” City Attorney Tom Trask said prior to the council’s 5-0 vote.

Mayor Doug Bevis expressed support for the moratorium. “We want to get out in front of it and make sure it’s controlled, like any other specialized business,” Bevis said after the meeting. “I don’t know, logistically, how that works. It’s something new for everybody. There’s a learning curve. You’ve got to vet the process, to find out how you do it, and then Tom will make his recommendation as to what we should do moving forward.”
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EAST LAKE - East Lake Fire Rescue is proud to announce Kenny Lane as their 2016 Firefighter of the Year.

Lane, who was recently promoted to Driver Engineer, has been a Firefighter Paramedic with East Lake Fire Rescue since March of 2010. Lane came to East Lake Fire Rescue after serving in Marion County Fire Rescue for six years.

Lane is actively engaged in several aspects of our organization including the Water Extrication Team, AHA instructor for Healthcare Provider, ACLS and PALS, the hiring committee, and acting lieutenant.
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PALM HARBOR - Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort has six different restaurants on the property, but it’s Packard’s Steak House that just underwent a rebranding period, welcoming in a new chef.

Like the Salamander Spa located on the property in late 2016, Packard is not new to Innisbrook. Named after Innisbrook’s golf course designer Larry Packard, Packard’s first opened in 2009.

Innisbrook has also welcomed Thomas McKinney-Stehr as the executive chef. May 2016, McKinney-Stehr was named Executive Chef of Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort.
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CRYSTAL BEACH - Each year for more than a decade, the Crystal Beach auction committee has staged a silent auction and party to raise funds for the Crystal Beach Community Association to maintain the Community Hall, the community pier and the beachfront.

This year’s auction will take place on Saturday, March 25, at the Hall, located at 517 Crystal Beach Ave., 6 p.m.

There will be food and drink and lots of fun.

The theme of Anchors Aweigh was chosen because a key auction item this year is a large wooden anchor created by local artists Deb Barasso and Robert Rozzi.
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OLDSMAR - The seventh annual Oldsmar Cares Wine and Food Gala raised more than $130,000, according to officials, making it the most successful event in the local nonprofit’s 20-year history.

This year’s gala featured a construction theme to help promote the organization’s plan to construct a $300,000, 3,000-square-foot headquarters at their current location on State Road 580. Attendees, who paid at least $60 a ticket, were treated to food samples from 11 local eateries, live entertainment courtesy of the Dance and Circus Arts of Tampa Bay, as well as a silent auction, a live auction, raffles and other giveaways.
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PALM HARBOR - The Clearwater Sons of the American Revolution recognized Eagle Scout Stuart Case, a member of Troop 26 in Palm Harbor.

Case, a 10th grader at Palm Harbor University High School, was the Clearwater Chapter winner of the Eagle Scout Essay Contest.

He has been very active in Scouting which shows with his 81 merit badges so far. There are 325 requirements for the path to Eagle Scout. Of every 100 boys who join Scouting, fewer than five will attain the rank of Eagle Scout.
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PALM HARBOR - A Palm Harbor resident will volunteer with the PGA Tour and raise money for charity, but he needs community help.

The Valspar Championship opened March 6 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor.

Robert McGivney will be one of almost 2,000 volunteers who help run the PGA Tour and have subsequently raised $36 million for local charities since 1977.
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Tuesday, February 28
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Utilities’ crews are on scene of a developing depression in the roadway that has closed the easternmost travel lane of U.S. 19, just north of Curlew Road in Palm Harbor.

The depression is developing over an 8-inch sewer gravity line under the roadway. The lane will be closed until an assessment of the condition of the pipe is determined.

Drivers in the area are advised to allow a one-lane clearance to the closed lane as a safety precaution. Access to businesses in the area of the work will still be available from U.S. 19 and Curlew Road.
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Monday, February 20
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.
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Friday, February 3
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, February 9
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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.
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