PALM HARBOR - A few minutes after 6:30 p.m. on May 9, Palm Harbor residents gathered for a town hall meeting, a chance for residents of the unincorporated areas for an opportunity to raise concerns, ask questions and bring up personal issues to Pinellas County Commissioner David Eggers.
Eggers represents District 4 - which includes Oldsmar, Tarpon Safety Harbor, Dunedin and the unincorporated cities, or what Eggers likes to call Pinellas Communities: East Lake and Palm Harbor. The Palm Harbor Library hosted the event.
The major issues raised during the town hall meeting involved roads, libraries and stormwater problems.
PALM HARBOR - The Florida Department of Transportation announced Friday, May 13, that it would not be moving forward with proposed plans to build a roundabout or install traffic signals to improve traffic flow in Palm Harbor.
In the fall of 2014, FDOT began a study of potential improvements for the intersection of Alt. U.S. 19 and Florida Avenue in downtown Palm Harbor.
The purpose of the study was to identify if traffic conditions met the need for a traffic signal at Florida Avenue or Nebraska Avenue. The study also looked at the potential to enhance safety and mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists in the downtown Palm Harbor area. The study evaluated three alternatives:
SEMINOLE - Kathryn Williams, a recent University of Florida graduate, has joined Tampa Bay Newspapers to become editor of the Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs Beacons.
Williams, who has written for the Gainesville Scene and other Alachua County publications, will assume duties as editor on May 27, succeeding current editor Juliana Torres-Mason, who is leaving the company at the end of this month to prepare for a career with The Salvation Army.
“Kathryn has had extensive training in visual and photo journalism and reporting and editing while attending the University of Florida, which has an excellent journalism program. We expect she will embrace the high standards of reporting and editing that Juliana has set in her coverage of news in the north county,” said TBN Executive Editor Tom Germond.
EAST LAKE - East Lake Fire Rescue is proud to name Danny Weber as our district’s firefighter of the year, due to his heroic actions while on duty June 12, 2015, when a Tampa Bay woman lost control of her car and drove straight into a pond.
A witness called 911 and within minutes, East Lake Fire Rescue arrived on the scene of the accident. Without hesitation, Weber jumped into the pond and made his way to the victim’s vehicle. Weber used a glass-breaking tool on the driver’s window and pulled the victim out of the sinking vehicle.
PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor Library is now a place where residents can work on personal sewing projects, from learning how to hem to creating a first cosplay outfit.
The library has launched its newest MakerSpace, one designed specifically for teens and adults with a desire to sew. Using funds from a $2,500 donation from member Jane Martin, the library purchased five new Viking Emerald sewing machines and all the tools you’d need to make your sewing ambitions a reality.
PALM HARBOR - The Florida Orchestra Musicians Association announced the winners of the annual Justine LeBaron Young Artist Competition, including the overall grand prize which went to pianist Bo Fei Wang, 15, of Palm Harbor
Wang will perform the first movement of his winning competition piece, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, with The Florida Orchestra on a Coffee Concert in January 2017.
The grand prize runner-up is Hannah Kim, 14, of Wesley Chapel, playing the first movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Second runner-up is Dylan Houchin, 14, of Tampa, on the first movement of Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto in C Major.
OLDSMAR - The May 3 city council meeting ran longer than usual with an over an hour and a half presentation from University of South Florida graduate students and faculty on their plans for a renewed vision of Oldsmar’s town center.
“The focus is on taking a look at the town center plan with a particular emphasis on State Street and St. Petersburg Drive,” said City Manager Bruce Haddock. “And then there was a third point of a more formal connection between downtown, or State Street, the Community Redevelopment Area and the water at R.E. Olds Park.”