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Pinellas County’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 2.9% in May, a slight increase from 2.8% reported in April, but still down from 3.2% in May last year, according to a June 21 report from the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

LARGO — Keep Pinellas Beautiful, the local Keep America Beautiful Affiliate and nonprofit organization held its annual Awards Recognition Luncheon in Largo on June 13 to honor the organization’s top volunteers, partners and businesses for their efforts to keep Pinellas clean green and beautiful.

TARPON SPRINGS — Brooker Creek Preserve partially reopened to the public June 10 after being closed for nearly a week due to a wildfire. However, visitors can only hike on the Ed Center Trail and Bird Path. Trails affected by the wildfire are not accessible and will remain blocked off until …

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the summer rainy season and “watch the weather, wait to water.”

PINELLAS PARK — The federal government has awarded the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council two grants to fund projects that will help the council work with local governments and citizens to make the area better able to withstand storms and sea level rise.

CLEARWATER — The Water Research Foundation announced June 10 that it has awarded Tampa Bay Water its 2019 Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research. The award was presented during the Foundation’s annual Subscriber Appreciation and Awards Breakfast at ACE19 in Denver, Colorado.

LARGO — Creative Pinellas is pleased to announce Stephen Palladino has been selected as the first mural artist for the new Community Enrichment Mural Program in partnership with Pinellas County. The new mural opportunity for Pinellas County artists, was designed to expand the vibrancy, excit…

CLEARWATER — Sixty-eight veterans will depart St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport June 11 for the 36th Honor Flight on an Allegiant charter for a day-long visit to Washington D.C. and the war memorials.

ST. PETERSBURG — When the St. Pete Beach Commission met May 14, the goal had been to approve an agreement between the city and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority for a proposed bus rapid transit project, which would link downtown St. Petersburg with the beaches.

Residents and landscapers are reminded that Pinellas County’s fertilizer ordinance prohibits the sale or application of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorous between June 1 and Sept. 30.

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is releasing a modified Florida driver license and ID card with enhanced security features to customers. Modifications include the removal of the magnetic strip on the back of the credential, the addition of a tactile …

Congressman Charlie Crist announced on May 22 that a $100,000 grant had been awarded to the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority from the Department of Transportation Access and Mobility Partnership Grants Program to improve transportation and mobility in Bay Pines.

PALM HARBOR — Palm Harbor residents and business owners are invited to learn more about how new proposals in the downtown master plan will help protect their community’s unique character at an open house exhibit being held in May and June.

Travelers should plan to leave early or after dusk to beat the Memorial Day holiday traffic. AAA predicts the second-highest travel volume on record will occur this year with 37.6 million Americans planning to take a trip — the most since 2005.

CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Commissioners said yes May 7 to a request from the Seminole Jr. Warhawks Athletic Association for $17,495 from the Municipal Services Taxing Unit funds.

LARGO — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the creation of a new collaborative program May 6 intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are prohibited due to state and local policies that limit cooperation with the agency.

LEALMAN — Residents of the Lealman community will have an opportunity to give input on making Raymond H. Neri Community Park a place everyone can enjoy. A public meeting discussing the development of the park’s master plan will be held Thursday, May 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Lealman Exchang…

Applications are being accepted for two appointments to the CareerSource Pinellas Audit Committee for two-year terms. It is preferred that applicants have an accounting, finance and/or business background. These are volunteer positions.

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