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Purple Heart Day
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The Seminole City Council honored Capt. Stanley J. Beach, a United States Navy veteran, as a Home TownPatriot at its Aug. 8 meeting in recognition of Purple Heart Day. Beach served as a Navy chaplain from 1953through 1987 in various states, Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan. After retirement, he served the Navy for21 years in various roles, including as director of the Navy Chaplaincy School.
SEMINOLE - The City Council unanimously voted to prohibit medical marijuana treatment center dispensing facilities from opening within city limits at its Aug. 8 meeting.

This was the second and final reading of ordinance No. 19-2017, which was given preliminary approval following its first reading at the council’s July 11 meeting.
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SEMINOLE - Four candidates qualified to run for two Seminole City Council seats in the Nov. 7 election. 

Two incumbents, Bob Matthews and Roger Edelman, will face two challengers for the seats, Thomas Christy and Joseph Pacelli.
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Tuesday, August 8
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SEMINOLE - In mid-July, Pinellas County kicked off a roadwork project on 102nd Avenue. The project will focus on safety enhancements at the 113th, 118th and 119th street intersections.

However, since it began, the county received numerous calls and emails from residents who live near the major thoroughfare and were unaware any roadwork was planned.

“Normally, we do have a public information meeting on projects,” said Greg Cutrone, transportation engineering manager. “This is a bit of an emergency, though. So we kind of streamlined it, as it didn’t affect residential driveways, per se. There really wasn’t much in the way of impact.”
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SEMINOLE - Many people might be surprised to learn that the Interfaith Food Pantry, Inc. finds itself most in need during the summer months, said Marcia Stone, who is acting as the pantry’s executive director with her husband, Ron Stone.

This summer is no different, she said, as the pantry scrambles to replace depleted food staples - beans, tuna fish, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, soup, even meats and dairy.

Many donations come into Interfaith during cooler months, closer to the holidays. But during the summer, children are home from school, where some impoverished families would rely on free and discounted meals being served to their children.
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Tuesday, August 1
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SEMINOLE - Over the past few weeks, residents and visitors might have noticed new patriotic Seminole banners hanging from streetlight poles along the city’s major corridors, including Park Boulevard and Seminole Boulevard.

The 38 new 30” by 80” banners are part of the city’s Red, White & Blue Initiative to make Seminole a more patriotic city, said Mayor Leslie Waters. The City Council adopted the initiative, which calls for “an increase display of red, white and blue colors throughout the Seminole community,” in March 2015. City staff began hanging the banners in time for Independence Day on July 4.
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SEMINOLE - During the Seminole City Council’s July 25 meeting, Vice Mayor Jim Quinn suggested that the council change the name of Waterfront Park, which is currently under construction on Park Boulevard next to Home Depot, to Jimmy Johnson Memorial Park.

Johnson, who died July 15 at 74, is a former city mayor, executive director of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Seminole.
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SEMINOLE - Mayor Leslie Waters has organized a two-month Sock It to the Mayor Tube & Crew Sock Drive for the months of August and September.

Socks will be provided to local community organizations including Operation: Military Matters, Seminole Interfaith Food Pantry, PEMHS Mental Health, local churches and more.
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Tuesday, July 25
SEMINOLE - The Seminole Chamber of Commerce is bringing back its healthcare and wellness expo after a three-year hiatus.

The Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Expo will take place Friday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Seminole Garden Apartments’ Peacock Center, 8324 112th St.
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Tuesday, July 18
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SEMINOLE - It’s hard for Gretchen Cain to forget the first time she met James “Jimmy” Johnson.

It was 2000, and as chief operating officer of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, she placed an ad in a local newspaper seeking volunteers.

Johnson, who had been active in the Seminole community years earlier, had just retired and moved back to the area when he showed up unannounced at the chamber office after reading her ad.

“Jimmy came to the chamber office, burst in through the door, and said, ‘Hi there sunshine. I’m Jimmy Johnson and I’m here to help you as a volunteer,’” she said. “He saw I was there by myself, and he just got to work.”
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SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council moved towards banning medical marijuana treatment center dispensing facilities within city limits.

The council voted unanimously in favor of the ban upon the close of the first reading of Ordinance No. 19-2017 at its July 11 meeting. The second reading, public hearing and adoption of the ordinance will take place Aug. 8.
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SEMINOLE - The Florida League of Cities has chosen Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters as one of seven Tampa Bay-area honorees to receive the 2017 Home Rule Hero award for her outstanding legislative advocacy and for consistently reaching out to state legislators to help provide a local perspective to issues being addressed in Tallahassee.

“Mayor Waters has received the Home Rule Hero distinction four times over the past five years. She appreciates that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy,” said Florida League of Cities Legislative Director Scott Dudley. “Mayor Waters brings a knowledge, commitment and personal energy to the legislative and governing process.”
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SEMINOLE - The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole, in partnership with the city of Seminole, are now accepting flag sponsorship applications for its 2017 Field of Honor.

The Field of Honor, in its third year, will again honor past and present veterans with a patriotic display of American flags during the entire month of November on the front lawn of City Hall.
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Tuesday, July 11
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SEMINOLE - After months of back and forth between Pinellas County and the city of Seminole, the demolition of the Seminole Water Tower seems inevitable.

“It’s over rover,” said Mayor Leslie Waters, referring to an attempt by the city and a newly formed non-profit organization, Friends of the Seminole Water Tower, to save it from demolition.

The water tower, which was decommissioned in 2012, is owned by the county and sits on county property at the northwest corner of 74th Avenue and 113th Street.
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SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole will accept candidate packets from potential candidates for two open City Council seats Monday, Aug. 1, 9 a.m., through Monday, Aug. 14, 4 p.m.

The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.
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Monday, July 3
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SEMINOLE - Proposed plans to build a joint-use Seminole Welcome Center with the Seminole Chamber of Commerce at Waterfront Park, 10400 Park Blvd., have been delayed after the city learned it would need to request a land conversion to utilize the property for anything other than outdoor recreational use.

City Manager Ann Toney-Deal told the City Council at its June 27 meeting that because the land was purchased using money from a $200,000 Department of Environmental Protection land acquisition grant, the parcel was restricted to outdoor use only.
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SEMINOLE - As the drama surrounding the fate of the Seminole Water Tower continues to unfold, the City Council unanimously decided to reject Pinellas County’s lease proposal for the property at its June 27 meeting.

The water tower is slated for demolition by the county this year. Originally, it was supposed to be demolished by the end of July.
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