SEMINOLE - When Robert “Teak” Miller came to Pinellas County to study marine mechanics in 1982, he was one of four Bob Millers in the group of students. So instructors pulled them aside and told them to give themselves nicknames to avoid confusion.
“I told them I never had a nickname in my life,” Miller said. “I was always just Bob.”
SEMINOLE - At an April 26 workshop, the Seminole City Council discussed the future of the planned Chamber of Commerce building. The permanent office space for the chamber is slated to be built on vacant, city-owned land on 113th Street just north of 84th Avenue. The project will be funded by a $500,000 donation from the Edward J. and Vivian E. Lurie Charitable Foundation.
The Luries presented the grant to the city during the spring of 2015. Not long after that, the council approved a memorandum of understanding between the Luries and the city regarding the project.
But at the most recent council workshop, City Attorney Jay Daigneault called into question the public purpose of the building. He said he “understands and respects” what the council previously approved, but added, “My opinion at this juncture is that this project is on somewhat tenuous legal ground.”
SEMINOLE - For years, Rotarian George Bessler financially supported Rotary International’s program to eradicate polio around the world.
This year the Rotary Club of Seminole Lake member and retired Seminole fire chief decided to take his support a step further. In February, he traveled to India for a week to assist the program in any way he could, including by administering immunizations.
“Like most Rotarians, I did not just want to be involved putting money toward projects; I also wanted to be physically involved,” Bessler said. “It’s one thing to get involved with donations.
SEMINOLE - The Kiwanis Club of Seminole is known for its work to support children in the community through programs such as Horses for the Handicapped and Every Child a Swimmer to its Key Club at Seminole High School, its Builders Club at Seminole Middle School and K Kids at Bauder Elementary School.
Recently, through a partnership with St. Petersburg College, the organization came up with another way to further its reach in the community. It will introduce its first annual Creative Arts Festival Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at SPC’s Seminole campus, 9200 113th St.
“We really need to have a presence in the community to show what we do and to attract more people,” said Jaya Prakash of the Kiwanis Club.
SEMINOLE - One year ago the Seminole Historical Society moved into its new digs at the community building at Seminole City Park.
The museum had been years in the making for the organization, which has long sought a home for its artifacts and information about the city’s past. Now after a year of hard work and assistance from its board members and the public, the museum is nearly complete, with all exhibits just about ready for display. The next step is letting residents know that the museum is open for business.
SEMINOLE - Studio Movie Grill, an upscale movie theater that serves food and drinks, has expressed interest in serving as an anchor in the Seminole City Center development.
The proposed 42,000-square-foot theater at the site of the former Seminole Mall would have nine screens and 1,267 seats.
The owners of the mall, North American Development Group, updated the City Council on the theater potentially coming to Seminole in an April 12 workshop. Since moving forward on development plans last summer, NADG has had a difficult time securing a theater for that location. There are several leases with potential tenants that are contingent on there being a theater at the mall. So the developers felt a sense of urgency in securing Studio Movie Grill.
SEMINOLE - Frederick Stedman Snow III, known as Ted Snow to his friends, died at home Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
Ted was born February 26, 1946 and lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts until 1965, at which time he moved to Seminole Florida, where he lived until his death.
After moving to Florida, he purchased his own tractor-trailer rig, and enjoyed time on the open road before returning to his enduring love of carpentry. He also later worked part-time as a bar-back at the Porpoise Pub in Seminole. It was there that he enjoyed the friendship of many patrons and met his fiancée, Tammy Roland, the love of his life.
SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole’s Recreation Department works hard throughout the year to bring residents a variety of well-attended activities: the annual Pow Wow events, sports and classes, Halloween and Christmas events.
But Duane Crandall, recreation program coordinator, noticed one area in which the department was lacking - the arts.
“We offer everything else,” he said.
So he got to work organizing the first annual Art in the Park event, which is set for Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Rd.