SEMINOLE - Even before construction began on the new Seminole City Center - the site of the former Seminole Mall - officials in charge of the city’s annual Holiday Illuminated Night Parade, which takes place Sunday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., knew they’d need to make some changes to the event this year.
After all, staging for the parade typically took place in the mall parking lot and the new development seemed inevitable. The project was approved in August and demolition of the mall began shortly after that.
“We can’t be here in the parking lot with construction going on,” said Gretchen Cain Wells, COO for the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the parade each year with the city. “We’re always thinking safety.”
SEMINOLE - To recognize Veterans Day, the Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast launched a new month-long program, the Field of Honor.
Working closely with the city on the project, the group set up 25 American flags that will stand on the front lawn of City Hall throughout November. Residents of the greater Seminole area were able to sponsor a flag for $35. In exchange for sponsoring a flag, they were able to hang a commemorative yellow ribbon custom printed with the name of a veteran they know on one of the flags.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council approved the expenditure of $72,025 in Capital Improvement Project funds to replace flooring and carpet at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N., at its Nov. 10 meeting.
The carpet and stairwell flooring has been in place since 2000, when the recreation center opened.
The city received two bid submissions for the project. The project was awarded to Carpet Service of Tampa Inc. doing business as Resource Flooring and Maintenance, which was the lowest bidder.
SEMINOLE - The Rotary Club of Seminole Lake will introduce a new holiday project this season: the Red Sled initiative.
The club’s goal is to collect 2,500 toys and gifts to fill the sled. They’ll be donated to Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a nonprofit agency that works with foster care children in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
The project is the brainchild of the club’s new member, Gerry Cachia.
“I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while,” he said, “and now seemed like the perfect time. What better time to do it than when you have the power of a whole club behind it?”
The Pinellas County recycling drop-off center located at Lake Seminole Park, 10015 Park Blvd. in Seminole will be temporarily closed from Monday, Nov. 9 through Friday, Nov. 13 for a road paving project. The drop-off center is expected to reopen on Saturday, Nov. 14.
During the closure, residents can visit one of the following nearby recycling center locations at
Hamlin 4-H Club, 14644 113th Ave., Largo; Cooperative Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo; or Largo Solid Waste, 1551 Starkey Road, Largo
SEMINOLE - Seminole Vice Mayor Thomas Barnhorn was among 28 Florida leaders to travel to Washington, D.C., Oct. 7-8 to advocate for municipalities in the Sunshine State.
Barnhorn made the trip as part of the Florida League of Cities Federal Action Strike Team Fly-in. The FAST committee was created in support of the League’s strategic plan to strengthen its federal relations.
While there, committee members met with Jerry Abramson and Rohan Patel from the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to discuss the League’s federal agenda. They also met with 21 members of Florida’s congressional delegation and their staff.
SEMINOLE - A motion to direct the city manager to file a state ethics complaint against Seminole Councilor Patricia Plantamura failed in a 3-3 vote at the Oct. 27 City Council meeting.
Councilor Chris Burke made the motion, alleging Plantamura was possibly guilty of “misappropriation of tax dollars” because of her use of a city vehicle during the Aug. 13-15 Florida League of Cities conference in Orlando. He said that Plantamura attended the event, but didn’t pay from “city coffers.”
SEMINOLE - Six candidates are vying for two available City Council positions in the Tuesday, Nov. 3 election.
Thomas Christy, Joe Haynes, David Outlaw, W. Fred Petty and Trish Springer join incumbent Chris Burke.
The Seminole Beacon recently sent a few questions to the candidates about their campaign. Outlaw did not respond by press time.
What inspired you to run for City Council?
Chris Burke: I am inspired to run because as a current member of the council I have been directly involved in keeping Seminole the wonderful city that it is! I want to bring even more success stories to our city and continue the fantastic growth and low tax rate that our citizens expect. It is also important that the many current projects we have underway in Seminole continue to be guided appropriately by those of us on council with the proper vision for Seminole.