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Peggy O’Shea, a member of the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee, leads a town hall meeting April 21 at Palm Harbor Library.
PALM HARBOR – In the community room at the Palm Harbor Library on April 21, the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce met with about 15 residents to listen to their complaints.

With no city government, Palm Harbor (which also includes East Lake, Old Downtown Palm Harbor, Ozona and Crystal Beach) often has trouble gaining county funds that can be used to improve the city. So the chamber of commerce took it upon itself to find help.

“We’re here to take notes and hand off your questions to local officials,” said Peggy O’Shea, the chairman of the chamber’s government affairs committee. “We’ll ask the right people for you.”

The Chamber also plans to host a forum for the County Commission candidates once the field is finalized in June.

“I think we need to be very clear to whoever gets the County Commission seat that they need to pay attention to Palm Harbor,” O’Shea said.

Three County Commission candidates – Dave Eggers, Macho Liberti and Marcus Harrison – were among those in the audience.

As responses from officials come in, the chamber will be posting their answers online at

Among the major issues presented were:

• Condition of intersection at Alderman Road and Belcher Road

• Tree maintenance among roads downtown

• Downtown streetlights

• Citizens group to help make decisions concerning use of Penny for Pinellas funds

• Speed limits on Belcher Road

• Beautification of intersections

• Late-night drag-racing on Belcher Road

• Need for traffic light on Alternate 19 and Nebraska Avenue or Florida Avenue

• Use of tourism dollars for unincorporated areas

• Economic development plans for all of North Pinellas

• Lack of sidewalk on 16th Street between Nebraska Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue

• Need for more recreational activities and locations for kids

• Condition of streets not covered by Florida Department of Transportation

• Flooding in trailer parks on Alternate U.S. 19

• Abundance of foreclosed and abandoned properties

• Lack of lighting at Pop Stansell Park.
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