Demolition of the former Seminole 8 Touchstar Cinema located next to the Seminole Mall began April 6. Jim Ford, a city building official, estimated that it should take around 30 days to raze the theater and it should be done by early May. The portion of the mall that housed the former K-Mart store will be demolished next, which will take anywhere from 45 to 60 days, Ford said.
SEMINOLE - At its April 14 meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a development agreement for the construction of a Culver’s fast food restaurant at 10425 Park Blvd.
They voted on the development following a second public hearing. They gave it preliminary approval at the March 24 meeting.
The developers, 1250 Main LLC and Schwebke Group, will build the Culver’s on 2.19 acres on Lake Seminole. This is the site of the Palace of the Orient, which is now closed. The new Culver’s restaurant will include a patio that overlooks the lake.
SEMINOLE - Seminole Fire Rescue will launch the community’s first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) this summer.
Classes will be held Tuesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All classes, which are free, will be held at Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N.
CERT, a FEMA program, educates people about disaster preparedness for scenarios that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. These skills include first aid and CPR, basic search and rescue, firefighter training, disaster psychology and how to stay safe in a collapsed or damaged building.
SEMINOLE - There were smiles all around on April 6 as residents and city officials gathered for the official opening of the new community center in Seminole City Park.
When Mayor Leslie Waters cut the ribbon those smiles turned into cheers and applause. The moment ended a years-long effort to make it happen.
“It all began when we entered into a joint use library agreement with St. Pete College,” said City Manager Frank Edmunds. “That created an empty building where the library was next to the post office and it was a logical progression to move city hall there. It was larger and with better visibility and helped create a municipal complex on 113th Street.”
SEMINOLE - Local city officials and dignitaries gathered together April 6 for the formal ribbon cutting of the new Seminole Community Center Complex.
The community center is a 14,932 square foot project that houses three distinct spaces. Overlooking Seminole park and its picturesque view, the community center is a multipurpose venue that can host weddings and family reunions.
Also attached is the Seminole Historical Society that occupies 3,597 square feet. The historical society space features a meeting room, library, gift shop and conference room.
SEMINOLE - As Seminole City Manager Frank Edmunds gets ready to retire in August, the City Council has selected a professional recruitment services firm to help find his replacement.
At its March 24 meeting, the council selected Colin Baenziger & Associates, based in Daytona Beach Shores, after receiving six proposals. Five of the proposals were from nationally recognized firms, including Baenziger, and one was from a local firm.
Baenziger’s services will cost the city $23,250 and comes with a two-year warranty once a replacement is selected.
SEMINOLE - Demolition of the former Seminole 8 Touchstar Cinema located next to the Seminole Mall is slated to begin Monday, April 6, said Jim Ford, a city building official.
Because of the demolition, 80th Avenue east of 113th Street and Liberty Lane north of Temple Terrace will close for approximately 45 days starting Thursday, March 26. Traffic will be routed through the mall parking lot.
SEMINOLE - After serving the city for 34 years, City Attorney John Elias announced his retirement at the March 10 Seminole City Council meeting.
His last day will be Aug. 3 of this year. He said he is retiring due to several ongoing health issues, and had been mulling over the decision.
“This has been a difficult question, an issue, for me,” Elias said. “But after 47 years of practicing law and 34 of those years being the city attorney I think, and you probably would agree, that it is time we have a new city attorney.
PLANT CITY - As young boys growing up in Gulfport, Rod Keiser and his brother would beg their father to share his stories about fighting in World War II.
Ted Keiser, who served in the Army Air Corps, was a B-17 Bomber pilot who flew multiple bombing missions over Austria and Germany.
During his final mission, on Dec. 18, 1944, en route to a target over Poland, flak struck the plane he was flying. Two engines were damaged immediately and a third quickly caught fire. He fought to maintain altitude so his seven-man crew could parachute to safety before bailing out himself. He was awarded a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.