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Five candidates have qualified to run for seats on Seminole City Council in the 2019 election. Three candidates — incumbent Thomas Barnhorn along with Jim Olliver and Kelly Wissing — will run for two open council seats. Meanwhile, incumbent Leslie Waters will run against contender Darren Clark for mayor.

Nearly 300 people turned out for a special hearing where the Seminole City Council made the final decisions regarding the contract between the firefighters' union and the city. At the special hearing, the council sided with the city’s negotiating team on one of the major issues — wages. Councilors approved the city’s proposal for a 5 percent increase on base wages effective that evening. They did not discuss a wage progression plan or slotting system, which the firefighters supported.

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SEMINOLE —As the city prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary of incorporation next year, former Seminole Mayor Dottie Reeder, chair of the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee, discussed various events planned in 2020 at the July 9 Seminole City Council meeting.

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Seminole Middle School was presented with the Promising Practices Award, a national award to honor schools for their work in character education, at the Florida Character Education Conference June 7.

When Krysten Strauser was 10 years old, her parents operated a snow cone food truck. During summer breaks and on weekends, she’d join them as they drove around the Tampa Bay area, setting up in Walmart parking lots, strip malls and outlet shopping centers.

“It was a great experience learning about how to run a business as a kid,” she said.

SEMINOLE — Homeowners that live next to the former Tides Golf Club have filed an appeal against Pinellas County’s decision to issue a demolition permit to the property’s owners, the Tides Development Group.

Mayor Leslie Waters and Vice Mayor Trish Springer have joined forces to collect school supplies for area students this summer.

Donation drop-off boxes are located at Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St. and Springer’s employer, Hartselle Insurance, which is located in the Seminole Financial Centre, 8200 113th St., #201.

Before he could even walk, Logan Hofstetter was in the water.

The Largo native grew up just a short drive from Indian Rocks Beach, where his family, avid beachgoers, spent much of their time.

His father and uncle, professional triathletes, were both surfers as well. So Logan’s natural affinity for the water is in his blood, he said.

With little discussion, Pinellas County commissioners gave unanimous approval June 18 to the sale of property at 11323 74th Ave. N. in Seminole to Chouinard Builders LLC. The 1.25-acre site was once home to the Seminole water tower, which stood on the land for more than 60 years.

Joe Dan Osceola, the youngest president in the history of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, died June 9 after a fall at home. He was 82.

Osceola, who also served as the first president of the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc., was a well-known figure in the city of Seminole.

The Seminole City Council will make the final decision regarding the contract between the Seminole Professional Firefighters International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2896 and the city at a July 15 public hearing at Seminole City Hall.

In the ninja world, Jason and Kathy Bergstrom and their family – nine kids, five of them adopted – are known as the Bergstrom Bunch. The Seminole family operates the Jungle Gym, an obstacle-based facility in Pinellas Park, but three members of the family have taken their passion for competition to another level, excelling on the NBC show "American Ninja Warrior."

Mayor Leslie Waters has a new title to add to her name — author.

She has released “Good Morning Mayor, What’s Up?” through self-publishing and print-on-demand company Xlibris Book Publishers. This primer on local government explains how city governments are formed, managed and governed.

After 92 days, and 29 regular and post season games, the Seminole High School Warhawks baseball team finished their 2019 season with a 14-15 record.

With the team’s .248 batting average, 86 RBIs, 26 stolen bases and 169 strikeouts, the Warhawks defied the odds and won the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 8A District 7 championship and became the Class 8A Region 2 championship runner-up.

The Seminole Chamber of Commerce held its 40th annual Kids Appreciation Day May 29 at Seminole City Park. The event coincides with the last day of school and promotes summer integrity for elementary school-aged students in the Seminole area.

SEMINOLE — Four proposed amendments to the Seminole city charter moved one step closer to the 2019 ballot during the May 28 Seminole City Council meeting. At the meeting, council members approved four ordinances — one for each amendment — upon their first public reading.

The Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program has awarded two grants totaling $400,000 to the city of Seminole for ADA playground and lighting projects at Waterfront Park and Blossom Lake Park.

It was just five years ago that plans for the Seminole City Center began to take shape.

North American Development Group purchased the former home of the Seminole Mall, a once flourishing shopping center that struggled to draw shoppers and retain retailers during its final years, at the end of 2012. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2014 that NADG and its partner on the project, Primerica Group One, presented their vision for the property, located at the high-traffic intersection of 113th Street and Park Boulevard, to the Seminole City Council.

Today, the 424,000-square-foot mixed-use outdoor center is home to dozens of shops, full-service restaurants, quick-service eateries, Studio Movie Grill, upscale grocer Earth Fare, L.A. Fitness and more.

Seminole Mayor Leslie Waters, Vice Mayor Trish Springer, Councilor Thom Barnhorn and Councilor Jim Quinn were among more than 100 municipal officials recognized by the Florida League of Cities with the 2019 Home Rule Hero Award.

The Seminole Warhawks varsity baseball team is this season’s underdog that no one expected to make a playoff run.

The Warhawks, with a 14-14 record, defied the odds and even defeated their district rival, the East Lake Eagles, in the Florida High School Athletic Association district and regional playoffs.

It didn’t take long for the residents living near Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club, 8001 Cumberland Rd., to activate once they learned the property’s owner, Bayou Golf LLC, intended to sell the property to developers if they were able to successfully appeal to the county to rezone the land. They immediately created Save Bardmoor, an organization dedicated to saving the property from redevelopment.

For nearly five years, owners of Baypointe Golf Course, 9399 Commodore Dr., have neglected the property, said Linda McDowell, founder of the Save Baypointe Golf Club.

“They’ve basically abandoned it,” she said in an interview with the Beacon. “Something needs to be done.”

Bardmoor. Baypointe. Tides. Three Seminole-area golf course properties with uncertain fates. In many ways, their stories are similar. In Pinellas County, the most densely populated county in the state of Florida, large swatches of open green space — undeveloped land — are hard to come by. Developers eye these properties as attractive possibilities, whether they’re active golf courses or not, which has inspired thousands living in nearby homes to step up and speak out against these plans.

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.

The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual celebration of local educators, Tribute to Teachers, April 17. This year’s honorees include: Mary Bellack, Anona Elementary School; Jessica Reissman, Bardmoor Elementary School; Demetris Dixon, Bauder Elementary School; L…

Firemedic Chris Collins and Izzy Broihier, daughter of the city of Seminole's finance director, Allison Broihier, water a newly planted live oak during the city's April 26 Arbor Day tree planting celebration at Waterfront Park.

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