Workers begin bringing down the wing of the Seminole Mall housing the former Kmart June 23. The Kmart demolition is expected to take about five weeks. Next, workers will tear down the three-story office building at 7985 113th St., which is part of the Seminole Office Center.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council unanimously voted for Ann Toney-Deal to replace longtime City Manager Frank Edmunds at a special June 30 meeting.
Edmunds, who has held the position for 20 years, is set to retire Aug. 15.
The next step is for a representative of the council to enter into contract negotiations with Toney-Deal. The council chose Mayor Leslie Waters, who has an extensive background in human resources management, to handle the negotiations on behalf of the city.
SEMINOLE - The Seminole City Council narrowed down its city attorney search from five to three candidates at its June 23 business meeting.
The two firms still vying for the position is Trask Metz & Daigneault LLP and Unice Salzman Jensen, PA.
TMD, a Clearwater-based firm, specializes in Florida real estate, probate and estate planning, and governmental law. USJ, located in Trinity, has litigated personal injury matters, workers’ compensation, insurance and civil rights cases, commercial disputes, and governmental law.
SEMINOLE - Starbucks hopes to open a new location at 7398 Seminole Blvd., the site of a former Mobil gas station at the intersection of Park and Seminole boulevards.
The Seminole City Council expressed approval of the project during an initial consensus at a June 23 workshop session. But it’s far from a reality, said Mark Ely, the city’s community development director.
The council’s consensus simply gives Starbucks permission to apply for a development agreement with the city. After Starbucks submits its application, at a future business meeting, the council will vote on whether to allow the city manager to negotiate a development agreement with the chain.
SEMINOLE - DeLoach & Hofstra, P.A. recently announced the retirement of Jerry Gude. Gude joined DeLoach & Hofstra, P.A. and Seminole Title Company a decade ago in 2005.
He replaced Ken Burke when he was elected as Clerk of the Court for Pinellas County. Gude has been responsible for day-to-day operations, human resources, accounting and much more. His role as administrator has been critical to both companies, according to a press release.
“He has been very efficient and effective as a professional administrator and we appreciate his contributions,” said Dennis R. DeLoach Jr. in the press release.
SEMINOLE - If all goes as C.J. Metcalfe hopes, the Seminole Elks Lodge 2519 will bring the Traveling Vietnam Wall to the city during the 2016 Pow Wow Festival.
The Elks hope to set up the 360-foot-long replica of Washington, D.C.’s permanent Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Seminole City Park March 9-13, 2016, said Metcalfe, chairman of the group’s Veteran Services Committee. By bringing the wall to Seminole, the Elks would become a commemorative partner in the Department of Defense’s yearlong observance of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
SEMINOLE - After stormy weather postponed the June 2 Kids Appreciation Day, which traditionally celebrates the last day of school, the Seminole Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled the event.
Teaming up with Seminole Recreation’s Back to School Splash Day, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex’s Family Aquatic Center, 9100 113th St., Kids Appreciation Day fun will take place at noon that day. Prizes donated by sponsors throughout the Seminole community will be given away at that time.
ROC ‘N the PARK Music Festival and Fireworks Spectacular MADEIRA BEACH – The city of Madeira Beach presents the ROC ‘N the PARK Music Festival and Fireworks Spectacular Saturday, July 4, at the Madeira Beach Recreation Center, 200 Rex Place.
Admission is free. VIP seating is available for $50 per person or $75 per couple. VIP seats include access to an air conditioned building, private restrooms and free food.
Music begins at 4 p.m. with the Bearded Brothers Band. The popular Black Honkeys take the stage at 8 p.m., following a 30-minute performance by the Apallo Band at 7:30 p.m. The Bearded Brothers Band plays from 5:45 to 7 p.m. The Apallo Band will take the stage again at 10 p.m., following the fireworks show.
The fireworks show, set in the Intracoastal Waterway, begins at 9:30 p.m.
Parking is $20 at Madeira Beach Fundamental School, Madeira Beach Marina and a lot on the north side of the Madeira Beach Causeway next to the 9/11 Memorial. Shuttle buses will transport folks from the school all day. Valet parking, next to the Madeira Beach City Hall, is $25.
Lawn chairs are permitted but no coolers. Food and beer vendors will be on site.
Fireworks in Largo Central Park LARGO – Celebrate Fourth of July with one of the best firework shows in Pinellas County Saturday, July 4, 6 to 9:30 p.m., at Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive.
Bring your chairs, blankets and family to this free event, which will include great food, entertainment and activities for all ages. The fireworks show will start at about 9:15 p.m.
New this year, enjoy a pie-eating contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, T-shirt decorating for $5 and inflatable activities with a $10 wristband.
No dogs, alcohol, fireworks or coolers allowed. Limited on-site parking will be available for $5. Or, park for free and walk from Largo Middle School and Everest University.
The city of Largo would like to thank presenting sponsor, HCA West Florida Pinellas County Hospitals for making the event possible. Pinch a Penny, Biltmore Construction, Pathways Community Church, Gateway North and all Community Event Friends also contributed to this annual event.
Fourth of July events TARPON SPRINGS – Tarpon Springs will celebrate Independence Day with two different events on July 4.
The first, a picnic, will be hosted by the Tarpon Springs Recreation Department at Craig Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include music, a bounce house, a waterslide and other contests and activities.
The second event will be the fireworks display at Sunset Beach, which residents can view from Fred Howard Park. The fireworks are expected to launch at about 9 p.m. and will last about 20 minutes.
Sunset Beach will be closed to the public at 1 p.m. for set-up and the boat launch will be closed all day.
Independence Day picnic BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The city of Belleair Bluff will hold its Independence Day Picnic Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Belleair Bluffs Community Center and Park, 2747 Sunset Blvd.
The event features raffle prizes, dessert contest, fire department and law enforcement equipment and personnel, an inflatable bounce house, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and a dunk house. The event is co-sponsored by the Bluffs Business Association.
July 4th bike parade MADEIRA BEACH – The Holiday Isle Elks Lodge No. 1912 will be helping to kick off the city’s Fourth of July activities with its inaugural Elks Bike Parade on Saturday, July 4.
All ages are welcome to participate. Participants should decorate a bike, trike, unicycle, wagon, or stroller in patriotic fashion, and join the Elks as it celebrates the nation’s birth.
Registration will start at 9 a.m. in front of the Elks Lodge.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. with a short route through the neighborhood for the little ones, and a longer route for older cyclists.
There will be prizes for first through third place in divisions for children, pre-teen, adult, and senior, and everyone who participates will be recognized.
After the parade, the Elks Club will host the public with free barbecue and ice cream. There will be clowns, balloon animals and face painting, and the pool will be open for anyone who wants to swim.
The Holiday Isles Elks Lodge is at 14111 East Parsley Drive, Madeira Beach. For more information or to preregister, email email@example.com.
July 4th poolside picnic LARGO – Bring the family, a blanket and a picnic basket to enjoy the Independence Day Poolside Picnic Friday and Saturday, July 3-4, noon to 4 p.m., at Highland Family Aquatic Center.
The cost is $23 for a group of five or $12 for individuals. Do not bring alcohol or glass into the facility. Splash’s Snack Bar will be open.
Kiwanis Midnight Run DUNEDIN – The 36th Kiwanis-Virginia Street Dermatology Midnight Run will be held Friday, July 3 and the morning of July 4, starting on Causeway Boulevard.
The Midnight Run starts at 12:15 a.m., Friday, July 4; the 5K run starts at 11:25 p.m. and the One Mile Run/Walk starts at 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 3.
Registration on the day of the event starts Thursday, July 3, 9:30 a.m., at Causeway Plaza, 2602 Bayshore Blvd. in front of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch Store and continues until each race starts.
Virginia Street Dermatology and the Kiwanis Club of Top of the Bay sponsor the event.
Multiple Myeloma Education Group meeting CLEARWATER – The Tampa-St. Pete Multiple Myeloma Education Group meets first Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., in the Meeting Room 3 of Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.
Multiple myeloma is cancer that starts in the plasma cells in bone marrow.
This group is open to all multiple myeloma patients, their families and their caregivers. Attendees exchange information and learn of the latest in research and treatment of multiple myeloma.
Safe boating classes MADEIRA BEACH – The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-3 offers monthly safe boating classes through the end of the year at its headquarters at 299 Boca Ciega Drive.
Classes meet the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per person.
The classes are open to the public and recommended for anyone who owns a boat, a personal watercraft, anyone interested in purchasing a boat or anyone who wants to learn safe boating practices.
Classes cover subjects such as navigating the waterways, operating a boat safely, legal regulations, what to do in an emergency, getting to know your boat and information you need to know before getting under way.
Experienced U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors teach all classes.
Saturday Night Dinners LARGO – Saturday Night Dinners are served 5 to 8 p.m., with music by various artists weekly, 7 to 11 p.m., at American Legion Post 119, at 130 First Ave. SW. in Largo. The cost is $7.25 and includes bacon-wrapped filet mignon served with a house salad, baked potato and rolls.