SEMINOLE - After more than a decade of planning, construction of Fire Station 32 was completed this spring. Seminole Fire Rescue celebrated the new building, located at 10870 110th Ave. N., with a ribbon cutting April 21.
The 7,200 square-foot, state-of-the-art building is an improvement over the original fire station, which was built by volunteers in 1969 and stood at the same location, said Chief Heather Burford.
SEMINOLE - The city celebrated the grand opening of a Holiday Inn Express - Seminole’s long-awaited first hotel - April 12.
The InterContinental Hotels Group hotel is part of a 60-acre mixed-use development anchored by a Wal-mart SuperCenter and located across from the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. The development also includes The Courtney at Bay Pines, a 330-unit luxury apartment complex; The Cove at Bay Pines, a subdivision of single-family homes; a Village Inn; a Texas Roadhouse restaurant; and other retail stores.
SEMINOLE - The City Council decided in a four-to-three vote at its April 11 meeting that it would not spend any city funds on the acquisition of the Seminole water tower from Pinellas County.
The council has been discussing the potential acquisition of the 110-feet-tall water tower, located on the northwest corner of 74th Avenue and 113th Street, since the end of last year. Councilors had hoped the county would transfer ownership of the water tower to the city for a low price or for free.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Seminole man at his home on 91st St. North April 12 for possession of child pornography and prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscene materials.
James Anthony Schnur, 51, is being held in the Pinellas County jail on bail in excess of $1 million.
Detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit began their investigation in January after receiving information that Schnur was in possession of child pornography. Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to recover numerous images depicting bestiality and child pornography from Schnur's computer, according to a press release.
SEMINOLE - InterContinental Hotels Group will increase its portfolio with a new 121-room Holiday Inn Express.
MPH Hotels Inc. will serve as the owner-operator. The property, expected to open mid-April, will be the city of Seminole’s first hotel. The hotel plans to hire 35 employees, ranging from housekeeping to front desk.
SEMINOLE - Construction is under way on St. Pete Beach’s Sea Hags Bar & Grill’s second location in Seminole.
The seafood restaurant, which is expanding for the first time, will move into the former Roadhouse Grill location in Twin Oaks Shopping Center at the intersection of Park and Seminole Boulevards, said owner David Mize. The space has been vacant for about nine years, Mize added. He said Sea Hags should open by September.
“We’re excited,” Mize said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
SEMINOLE - Once again, Peter Schatzel, a partner in the accounting firm Wells, Houser & Schatzel, P.A., told the City Council that Seminole is in “very sound financial condition” after reviewing the city’s 2016 audit.
“I said that last year. I said that the year before, and the year before that, but in the fiscal year 2016, there definitely was an improvement in what was already a very good financial condition,” Schatzel said.
SEMINOLE - BurgerFi, an award-winning gourmet burger concept, opened its doors for business on April 3 at 11165 Park Blvd., inside the new, redeveloped Seminole City Center.
Known for delivering the all-natural burger experience in a fast-casual environment, the restaurant has a commitment to quality food that ensures no steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, chemicals or additives are ever used. In addition to using Angus beef that is humanely raised and sustainably farmed, all recipes are created from natural, fresh ingredients.
SEMINOLE - Pinellas County Utilities Director Randi Kim said several major sewage projects are planned for the city of Seminole over the next two years when she visited the City Council at its March 14 meeting.
Following “odor issues and complaints” from Seminole residents, Kim said the county is targeting Pump Station 16, one of the major pump stations in Pinellas, which is located on Park Boulevard in front of Home Depot near where the future Waterfront Park will be built.
SEMINOLE - Around 200 runners and walkers will flock to Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave., for the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s 24th annual Seminole Stampede Spring Fling 5K and 1-mile Silly Sock Family Fun Run Saturday, March 25, 8 a.m.
The chamber is adding two new elements to the event this year. Children and families are encouraged to don colorful socks during the 1-mile run, said Gretchen Cain Wells, the chamber’s chief of operations.
“It’s the same event,” she said. “People are just invited to wear their silly socks.”
SEMINOLE - Phase I construction at Waterfront Park, which will be built on city-owned property adjacent to Home Depot on Park Boulevard, could begin as soon as April, Jeremy Hockenbury, director of Public Works, told the Seminole City Council at its March 14 meeting.
At the meeting, the council approved a declaration of a restrictive covenant with the state Department of Environmental Protection for the park.
The parcel previously had been used as a non-permitted landfill and required the DEP determination that no further assessments were necessary on the property before the park could be built.
SEMINOLE - In recent weeks, there’s been a flurry of activity at Seminole City Center, the new retail development under construction at the intersection of 113th Street and Park Boulevard, the site of the former Seminole Mall.
New structures are going up quickly, said Roger Edelman, Seminole City Councilor and chair of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce. Many tenants were waiting for Studio Movie Grill, an upscale theater, to confirm its spot as the anchor tenant before fully committing to the project over the past six months, he added.
SEMINOLE - Seminole has been the home to the Rev. Dr. David A. Miller and his wife, Leslie, for the past 25 years. This March 26, Miller will give his last sermon at Faith Community Church in Seminole.
Miller has been serving in ministry for more than 40 years as a pastor in Maryland and for the past 25 years as the head pastor at Faith Community Church.
“I will miss all of the amazing people at Faith Church. I loved working with our terrific staff and leadership. I will also miss the weekly process of teaching and preaching,” said Miller.