Oldsmar and Safety Harbor have long enjoyed their relationship as sister cities sitting at the top of upper Tampa Bay, including the recent return of the long-running Mayors’ Breakfast.
SAFETY HARBOR — A record crowd packed the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa’s banquet hall on Dec. 3 as the popular Mayors’ Breakfast, a long-running event featuring the mayors of Safety Harbor and Oldsmar pouring coffee for charity, returned following a COVID cancellation in 2020.
PINELLAS PARK — Roughly two dozen leaders from several Pinellas County communities, including Clearwater, Largo, Dunedin, Oldsmar, and Indian Rocks Beach, recently convened on a newly mapped side street in Pinellas Park, but not for a legislative meeting.
OLDSMAR — On Saturday, June 26, Sharon Edwards and her small army of volunteers delivered thousands of pounds of food, dozens of pairs of socks, several boxes of toiletries and other supplies, plus hundreds of dollars in cash and gift cards, to Oldsmar Cares. The effort was the result of the monthlong Project POP Drop donation drive to benefit the nonprofit food pantry.
OLDSMAR — Oldsmar Mayor Eric Seidel and City Council Seat 2 holder Dan Saracki declared their intentions to run for mayor in the 2022 municipal election during the council meeting last week.
OLDSMAR — When Oldsmar’s Ordinance Review Committee conducted a review of city code with the purpose of streamlining language and bringing items up to date, it recommended giving pay raises to the five city council members, including the mayor, something that hadn’t been done since 2006.
OLDSMAR — The Oldsmar Town Center project has undergone so many incarnations and iterations over the past decade-plus that, at this point, it feels like the only thing that’s been running longer is “60 Minutes.”
OLDSMAR — With two candidates vying for a single council seat, Oldsmar’s 2021 municipal election didn’t boast the juice of a mayoral race or the buzz generated by a multi-seat, multi-candidate showdown.
OLDSMAR — The city of Oldsmar became world renowned for all the wrong reasons after the North Pinellas community’s water treatment plant suffered a software breach over Super Bowl weekend.
OLDSMAR — One of the best ways to get to know candidates vying for local office is through candidate forums. Unfortunately, many municipalities decided to forgo the traditional meet-and-greets this year due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Lingering structural defects with the packed-earth track forced officials to decide whether to abandon the $2.3 million facility or rebuild it. The Oldsmar City Council agreed last month it was more important to keep it.
A lot has transpired in the country and the world since the Bucs beat the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego on Jan. 26, 2003. One thing hasn’t changed since the team’s last title — the attitude of the Bucs’ loyal fan base.
OLDSMAR — Prior to being elected in March 2019, Oldsmar Mayor Eric Seidel said the development of the downtown district was his top priority. When the City Council agreed to allow a local developer to build a boutique hotel, complete with rooftop bar and parking garage, on a portion of the 1…
OLDSMAR — City officials recently unveiled Oldsmar’s latest public art project on Dec. 8, as Mayor Eric Seidel led the ribbon-cutting ceremony for “Taking Flight,” a sculpture featuring 12-foot-tall stainless-steel wings and a base comprised of used Oldsmobile parts in homage to the city’s f…
OLDSMAR — Assistant City Manager Felicia Donnelly came to Oldsmar from Clearwater in 2017 with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning and a long list of accolades and accomplishments on her resume, including a recent stint as president of the Florida Recreation and Parks Association.
OLDSMAR — Determined not to let the coronavirus pandemic crush the holiday spirit, Oldsmar officials kicked off the 2020 holiday season with a virtual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 1.
OLDSMAR — Soon after then-Vice Mayor Linda Norris was arrested on suspicion of DUI following a three-car crash on Aug. 12, her Oldsmar City Council colleagues, including Mayor Eric Seidel, made a public plea for her to resign her Seat 1 position.
OLDSMAR — Post 12186, the first Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Oldsmar’s 104-year history, has been on a fast track to success ever since it was established by Cmdr. Dave Bear in spring 2019.
OLDSMAR — In 2015, the redesigned BMX Supercross track at what was then known as Canal Park was considered the crown jewel of Oldsmar’s budding sports tourism industry.
OLDSMAR — The road to installing Oldsmar’s first VFW post has been long and bumpy one. It began more than a year ago with meetings in the back of a local bar and lately has been full of obstacles related to the coronavirus pandemic.
CLEARWATER — Forward Pinellas Board members said yes to a request from the county to amend the countywide rules to return a land map category that was removed in 2015.
CLEARWATER — During a budget information session with Pinellas County commissioners May 28, representatives from East Lake and Palm Harbor shared reopening plans and talked about the effects of COVID-19 on their operations.
OLDSMAR — Like an army of elves working on Christmas Eve, a small group of Oldsmar residents led by Mayor Eric Seidel installed more than 300 American flags around town over Memorial Day weekend.
Each year, hundreds of spectators pack Bay Pines National Cemetery, Largo Central Park or Veteran’s Memorial Park in Oldsmar for annual Memorial Day ceremonies to honor America’s fallen soldiers.
BARCELONA — When former Oldsmar Vice-Mayor Gabby McGee, a manager at Cisco Systems, accepted a new position that required her to move to Barcelona, Spain, last fall, the avid world traveler relished the opportunity to finally live abroad.
OLDSMAR – One day before the Pinellas County municipal elections, the Oldsmar City Council convened for an emergency meeting to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and declare a state of emergency in the city.
OLDSMAR — It’s roughly one year into Eric Seidel’s term as mayor, and his campaign pledge to get the long-awaited development of the downtown district off the ground is quickly taking shape.
OLDSMAR — On Jan. 14, three candidates vying for Oldsmar City Council Seat 3 in the March 17 special election were scheduled to participate in a candidate forum hosted by the Pinellas County League of Women Voters.
The Community United Methodist Church of Oldsmar celebrated 100 years of prayers recently, as parishioners, pastors and patrons filled the chapel Nov. 17 for a special service to celebrate the centennial anniversary.
OLDSMAR — When word got out that Gene Dale was trying to establish a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Oldsmar, he said a common response was, “What took so long?”
OLDSMAR — Every year for the past 20-plus years, residents, officials and organizations have donated their time, money and material goods to Oldsmar Cares, a North Pinellas nonprofit that provides, food, clothing and services for the needy.
OLDSMAR — While the proposed multimillion-dollar development of downtown Oldsmar continues to struggle to get off the ground, the city’s public art program is soaring.
OLDSMAR — According to a 2012 Library of Congress article, “The responsibilities of Poets Laureate during their terms are not well understood because there are few formal requirements.”