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.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Corey Fresh Market
ST. PETE BEACH - Corey Fresh Market every Sunday October through May, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 300 block of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Corey Fresh Market hosts an average of 50 local vendors, offering roduce, flowers/plants, arts/crafts, specialty foods, live music, special appearances. Free admission and parking. Visit www.coreyave.com or call 727-498-8778.
Purple Haze 420 outdoor party MADEIRA BEACH – Purple Haze Tobacco and Accessories plans a 420 customer appreciation party Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at its Madeira Beach store at 15026 Madeira Way.
The outdoor event features live music all day long by the Chocolate Mushroom Gravy Band and Jahfari. Admission and parking is free.
All ages are welcome. There will also be food and drinks and a glass-blowing exhibition.
Republican Club of Greater Largo meeting LARGO – Barb Haselden spokesman for No Tax For Tracks will be the guest speaker at the Republican Club of Greater Largo’s monthly meeting Monday, April 21, 6 p.m., in the banquet room of Alfano’s Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater-Largo Road.
No Tax For Tracks is a group of Pinellas County residents who oppose the Greenlight Pinellas sales tax increase referendum. Among the issues to be discussed will be a call for an investigation by Florida Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, into whether a Pinellas County transit agency broke the law by using taxpayer dollars to promote the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit plan.
Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.
Guests are welcome.
The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.
Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRIT FM, Chick-fil-A blood drive SPIRIT FM 90.5 and Chick-fil-A have teamed up save lives by sponsoring the Grill & Chill blood drive, set for Monday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at select freestanding Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A restaurants.
All lifesaving donors will receive a coupon for their choice of a free Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich or eight-count grilled chicken nuggets, plus a free three-count Chick-n-Mini’s coupon.
In addition, donors will receive two vouchers each for a free movie ticket, a Grill & Chill oven mitt as well as a wellness check-up or blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening.
Participating area Chick-fil-A restaurants include Pinellas Park, 111 Park Blvd.; Oldsmar, 3740 Tampa Road; St. Pete Beach, 4623 Gulf Blvd.; St. Petersburg, 2471 Tyrone Blvd.; Clearwater, 2516 Gulf to Bay Blvd. and Largo, 10075 Ulmerton Road.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. For information, visit www.oneblood.org or call 800-682-5663.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.
Florida native trees ST. PETERSBURG – The Garden Club of St. Petersburg presents Florida native trees Tuesday, April 22, 1 p.m., at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Drive S. Presented by the Jungle and Green Fingers
Circles of the club, the program will feature guest speaker Tim Murray, an ISA Certified Arborist from Murray Tree Service. Murray will discuss Florida native trees and explain how to recognize and treat tree diseases.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.
On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations.
Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.