PALM HARBOR - Palm Harbor Community Services Agency board members were unhappy with the results - or rather the lack of feedback - from an annual audit reported to the board March 19.
The agency, commonly referred to as PHCSA, switched to a new auditing company this year, after its longtime auditor retired. In the report delivered to the board members Jan. 14, representatives from DKM certified public accountants stated that financial statements of the agency “present fairly” the financial position of the agency.
The problem was, when board members questioned the details of the report, the accountants did report problems they saw with the financial report. The agency should go to accrual-based accounting, rather than cash basis and the three entities the board oversaw should keep an asset schedule to track the depreciated value of their assets over time, to determine when items should be replaced and if necessary replacements can be categorized as a gain or loss.
Why then, the board members asked, were those problems not included in the report?
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Clearwater man April 18 wanted in connection with an April 8 robbery that occurred in front of the Trust Pharmacy, 36515 U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor.
Anthony James Henderson, 37, was charged with one count of strong arm robbery and one count of failure to appear petit theft. Bond was set at $10,515.
According to the sheriff’s report, detectives arrested Henderson at his home in Clearwater on Friday. During an interview with detectives, Henderson “admitted to the allegations,” the report said.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to locate a man wanted in connection with an April 11 robbery of a Palm Harbor pharmacy.
According to the sheriff’s report, the armed robbery occurred about 9:23 a.m. at St. Marks Pharmacy, 4954 Ridgemoor Blvd.
A man wearing a camouflage colored hat, jacket and pants entered the pharmacy through the front door. He had a handgun when he ordered two employees to drop to the ground. Detectives said a female employee walked past the suspect and out the door. When she began to scream for help, the suspect exited through the front door and fled on foot. Employees said the man’s face was completely covered.
PALM HARBOR - Board members of the Palm Harbor Community Service Agency, or PHCSA, expressed a newfound confidence in their relationship with Pinellas County March 19 - enough to request renegotiated contracts for the buildings they lease from the overseeing government.
“I think the climate at the county has changed, I do. That’s my instinct,” said Erica Lynford, director Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation, one of the three entities the agency oversees.
Lynford had a long meeting with Mark Woodard, county administrator chief of staff. From that, she shared a number of positive signs that county representatives are receptive to changes in how the PHCSA board operates, changes that that agency has asked for before, to no avail.
“We’ve gone there so many times asking for reasonable things and we’ve been turned down,” said PHCSA attorney Andy Salzman, warning the board members to be realistic about their expectations.
CLEARWATER - In 2013, Pinellas County Commissioners approved a request from East Lake residents for an ad valorem tax to help fund its library. Now the East Lake Youth Sports Association is asking for the same.
ELYSA president Rick Watson and vice president Rob Posavec made an appeal to Pinellas County Commissioners April 1 for a 0.25 mil tax to fund youth sport facilities currently operated by ELYSA. They envision “falling under the umbrella” of the Palm Harbor Community Services agency much the same as East Lake Community Library did after it received a 0.25 mil levy.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for help to identify three people wanted in connection with the theft of multiple items from a Walmart store in Palm Harbor.
The theft occurred about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, from the store located at 35404 U.S. 19 North.
Surveillance video shows three suspects arriving at the store in a red pickup truck. Two suspects, a male and female, are shown exiting the truck on the passenger side and then entering the store. The driver then moves the truck to another parking spot.
Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m.
Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
Fair Housing Symposium CLEARWATER - Registration is underway for the 11th annual Fair Housing Symposium, presented by the Tampa Bay Fair Housing Consortium, on Friday, April 25, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pinellas Realtors Organization auditorium, 4590 Ulmerton Road in Clearwater.
The event, co-sponsored by the Pinellas County Office of Human Rights, provides fair housing information useful for housing providers, real estate agents, property managers, attorneys, government officials, apartment personnel and the public.
Featured speakers include Wesley Aleshire, a national fair housing trainer; Steve Tomkowiak, a former judicial clerk with the U.S. District Court in Michigan’s Eastern District; and Max Lapertosa, a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Among the topics covered will be lending discrimination, domestic violence and rights and responsibilities related to assistance animals.
Advance registration is $30. Cost is $35 at the door. Visit www.gtar.org to register online and for more information about the Symposium. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. If special accommodations are required, registrants can call Mark Esparza at 464-4801 or email email@example.com.
Friday Morning Market
TREASURE ISLAND – The annual Friday Morning Market is underway at Treasure Island Community Park and will continue through early April. The event, which features a variety of vendors, is open each Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Overeaters Anonymous Amigos
ST. PETERSBURG – Overeaters Anonymous Amigos, a program of recovery for eating disorders, meets Fridays, 11 a.m., at Beacon House, 2151 Central Ave.
The newest Pinellas OA group features a bilingual message.
For information, call Margie C. at 828-9711. There are no dues or fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
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.
VFW fish fry, bingo
DUNEDIN – The Dunedin-Palm Harbor VFW Post 2550 hosts a fish/shrimp fry every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at 360 Douglas Ave.
The post sponsors bingo each Wednesday and Friday. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Bingo starts at noon.
The public is invited. Call 733-6107.
Wine and cheese social and silent auction SOUTH PASADENA – A wine and cheese social and silent auction will be presented Friday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m., at Pasadena Liquors and Fine Wines, 1100 Pasadena Ave. S.
Cost is $15. Proceeds will benefit Suncoast Voices for Children.
For information, visit www.suncoastchildren.org.
13th Annual Touch-a-Truck DUNEDIN - 13th Annual Touch-a-Truck, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Highlander Park.
Feel the power and hear the engines roar and sit in, touch, and feel a real-life collection of trucks, cars, motorcycles, fire engines, tractors and more. Concessions, music and inflatables complete this awesome experience.
Chamilia Trunk Show MADEIRA BEACH – Jeff the Jeweler, at 201 Tom Stuart Causeway, will host its Chamilia Trunk Show on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This event will be feature Secret Garden limited edition beads. Exclusive spring beads will be available at the show only. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Chamilia representative Laura Rodriques.