OZONA - When Tony Marino and his wife Jayne drove past Pat’s Landing on Shore Drive back in 1999, Tony knew immediately he wanted it.
After a number of years in the corporate world with Time Warner Cable, Marino was looking for a place to store his boat but the allure of Pat’s Landing was too much to ignore. A few months later, he and his wife purchased the marina and renamed it Marino’s Marina.
Now, more than 15 years later, it is a well-oiled small business that has become a lifestyle for Marino and his wife.
PALM HARBOR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a multi-vehicle crash that occurred about 6:52 p.m. Nov. 18 in the area of U.S. 19 North just south of Tampa Road in Palm Harbor.
According to investigators with the Major Accident Investigation Team, Deputy Stephen West was traveling northbound in the median lane of U.S. 19 North when he struck a 2011 Nissan Maxima, which was stopped in traffic, from behind. The impact caused the Nissan to move to the right, causing the deputy’s vehicle to strike the rear of a 2014 Chevy van.
The driver of the Nissan, identified as 63-year-old Karen Bail, 63, of Clearwater was transported to a local hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. West and the driver of the Chevy, identified as 23-year-old Sean O’Connor, 23, of St. Petersburg transported themselves to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
OLDSMAR - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public's help to identify a male suspect wanted in connection with the Nov. 18 robbery of Suntrust Bank, 3500 Tampa Road in Oldsmar.
According to detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit, the suspect entered the bank about 2:40 p.m. and demanded cash. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The male suspect is described as being possibly Hispanic. He is approximately 5 foot 6 inches in height. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled tight around his head.
LARGO - East Lake Community Library will celebrate its 15th birthday in conjunction with the unveiling of the Bookworms and Butterflies Reading Garden Saturday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m., at 4125 East Lake Road S.
The celebration will include cake, a balloon and music man and a giant birthday card as well as a ribbon cutting for the new garden at 2:15 p.m.
The garden began as an idea several months ago, said library Director Lois Eannel. She and others reasoned that they could get community partners on board to develop the grassy area behind the library into something more.
CLEARWATER - Pinellas County commissioners will take public comment about changes to the Old Palm Harbor Downtown Master Plan and supporting amendments to the land development code on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
The public hearing section of the meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the fifth floor Assembly Room in the county courthouse, 315 Court St. in Clearwater.
Amendments would allow outdoor sales and two new types of permitted uses - artisan establishments and alcoholic beverage production facilities.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce and residents will honor survivors and casualties of the surprise attack that brought the United States into World War II on Dec. 7.
To mark the 73rd anniversary of the attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor and to honor the sacrifices of those who were at Pearl Harbor on the infamous day in 1941, the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce as well as the Palm Harbor Arts and Seafood Festival, will host Palm Harbor’s first Pearl Harbor Day Tribute at 8 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at the White Chapel in Palm Harbor.
The inaugural ceremony will be held outside of the Historic White Chapel at 1190 Georgia Ave. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
PALM HARBOR - The Palm Harbor Library is holding its inaugural fundraising initiative, Raise The Roof, to generate revenue for a new roof and air conditioning units for the library. The estimated cost is $340,000 to $400,000.
Raise The Roof is a cash raffle with 62 percent of the ticket sales going toward cash prizes - the remainder goes to the initiative.
Participants must be at least 18 to enter and win. Prize drawings will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Centre, 1500 16th St.
PALM HARBOR - A 28-year-old Palm Harbor man died at the scene early Sunday morning after crashing into a truck with a flashing arrow board.
According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, AKCA Paving Company was repairing the road along northbound U.S. 19 north of Bilgore Grove Boulevard. About 3 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, two construction trucks were removing the traffic cones in preparation of reopening the roadway.
One of the trucks had a flashing arrow board that directed traffic to shift right as the inside lane was closed. Stephen Segura, 28, was traveling northbound on U.S. 19 in the inside lane north of Bilgore Grove Boulevard.
MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.
The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.
City Power Toastmasters Club meeting ST. PETERSBURG – The City Power Toastmasters Club, a nonprofit communication and leadership club, meets Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at the Municipal Services Building, One Fourth St. N., Sixth Floor, Room 600.
The club teaches self-confidence and skills to help listen, think, speak and gain leadership qualities. Participants gain poise, positive body language and speak more easily.
Guests are welcome to visit for free with no pressure to join.
Clearwater MOAA meeting CLEARWATER – The Clearwater chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet for a luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 525 Betty Lane. Check-in time will be from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Cost is $18.
Call Jan at 515-1317 for details and reservations.
Clearwater MOAA members meet with other members to socialize and discuss world events. All MOAA members, spouses and survivors may attend. Jackets are required.
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.
Indian Rocks Beach Library story time INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Story time resumes again at the Indian Rocks Beach Library.
The program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
Children of all ages are invited.
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.