SEMINOLE - Sandy Hartmann was honored as this year’s Ms. Seminole at the Seminole Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet held at Holiday Inn Harbourside Feb. 6.
Hartmann, owner of the real estate firm Sandy Hartmann & associates for more than 30 years and the immediate past chair of the chamber’s board of directors, was selected from a list of nominees by last year’s Mr. Seminole, Dr. Steve Nickse, and his secret committee.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Seminole City Councilor Thom Barnhorn has been appointed to the 2016 Steering Committee of the National League of Cities Small City Council.
The Small Cities Council is comprised of over 150 representatives from member cities with populations of 50,000 or less. Council members convene to network and share ideas and solutions to challenges affecting small cities. NLC's Small Cities Council works to ensure that the interests of small communities are reflected in NLC's overall policies and programs and provides a forum for sharing ideas and best practices among smaller communities.
SEMINOLE - Despite concerns from a nearby Shell station owner, the Seminole City Council unanimously approved a development agreement with Wawa to open a new location at 8800 Park Blvd. following a second and final public hearing at its Jan. 26 meeting.
The owners of the 2.1-acre property initially developed it with a two-story office building - formerly home to Lincoln Tech - in 1975. While the building has been unoccupied since November 2013, an outdoor carwash currently utilizes the property’s parking lot.
SEMINOLE - The city is gearing up for one of its oldest traditions: the Pow Wow Festival and Parade. The festival will take place March 11-13 at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N., with the parade marching down 113th Street, Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.
There’s a new parade lineup location due to the construction of the Seminole Mall, where the parade has lined up in the past. This year, the parade will line up in the southwest parking lot of St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus and will travel south on 113th Street from the recreation center. Parade participants will make a u-turn at 86th Street and return to the SPC parking lot.
SEMINOLE - Last year was a big one for Seminole, said Mayor Leslie Waters during her annual State of the City address at the City Council’s Jan. 12 meeting, and she has high hopes for 2016 as well.
While the revenue forecast for the city’s general fund represents a slight decrease from last year, the ad valorem tax is projected to increase by 9.6 percent. The increase is the result of a number of new developments in the city, including Village Inn, Texas Roadhouse, the Bay Pines strip center and the Enclave at Lake Seminole
She stressed that “Seminole has not cut services or raised the millage rate during the years immediately following the 2008 recession.”
SEMINOLE - The City Council unanimously gave preliminary approval for a development agreement with the Wawa gas station chain to open a new location at 8800 Park Blvd. in Seminole following a public hearing at its Jan. 12 meeting.
The owners of the 2.1-acre property initially developed it with a two-story office building in 1975. It formerly was home to Lincoln Tech, but has been unoccupied since November 2013. Currently, an outdoor carwash utilizes the parking lot of the property.
Wawa plans to demolish the office building and completely redevelop the site with a Wawa gas station and convenience store.
SEMINOLE - In August, the City Council unanimously voted to designate Seminole as a dementia-friendly city, making it the first in the state and only the fifth in the country to do so.
The vote came following a request by the Florida Caregivers Network, which is based in Seminole, to recognize the city as a Purple City. Purple is the color used around the world to raise dementia awareness.
SEMINOLE - As plans for Seminole City Center steamroll forward, the Seminole Chamber of Commerce will relocate from its current location sooner than anticipated, said Roger Edelman, chamber president.
Several months ago, one half of the Seminole Office Center - the building located at 7985 113th St. - was knocked down during demolition of the former Seminole Mall site. The chamber moved into the remaining building in the office center at 7995 113th St. and expected to remain in that location through at least the middle of 2016, Edelman said.
SEMINOLE - The city of Seminole will introduce the state’s first digital arts recreation studio at a recreation center level in 2016. The studio will include 10 iMac computers and corresponding tablets.
Each computer will be loaded with 35 software programs that range from painting, art, 3D sculpting and sketching to programming, comic creation, film making and video game design.