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With numerous changes last year — new staff, a new facility, new programming — 2019 was a year of “transition” for the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce, said Jim Olliver, the outgoing chair and president, at the chamber’s Board of Directors installation luncheon Jan. 14 at the St. Petersburg College Seminole campus.

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Michael Meidel, Pinellas County’s director of economic development, told attendees of the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce’s Jan. 14 Board of Directors installation “that the (economic) state of the county is strong.”

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At the Jan. 14 Seminole City Council meeting, Mayor Leslie Waters recognized Councilor Bob Matthews on his Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Award for serving as a member of the TBRPC for more than 20 years.

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TTGC LLC, which owns the former Tides Golf Club, 11832 66th Ave., demolished the Tides Clubhouse on the property Jan. 9.

The development group, led by managing partner Ron Carpenter, submitted plans to build Restoration Bay, which will consist of 273 detached single-family homes, on the property to Pinellas County July 23.

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The Seminole Historical Society, working with the city, kicks off Seminole’s yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary of incorporation with a special presentation at the Parkview Room in City Park, 7464 Ridge Road, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 6 p.m.

SEMINOLE — Contract negotiations between the city of Seminole and Seminole Professional Firefighters Local 2896 dominated headlines in 2019.

SEMINOLE —At its Dec. 10 meeting, Seminole City Council authorized City Manager Ann Toney-Deal to execute a one-year extension of professional engineering services agreements with three firms.

As a child growing up in Seminole, Yael Reich was always encouraged to explore her creativity. “My family has always been an artistic family, a creative family,” she said. “We were encouraged from a very young age to lean into our creativity.”

Most members of Seminole High School’s class of 1976 are used to Jymi Walker’s crazy ideas.

So, this summer, when he suggested to close friend and former high school sweetheart Terri Scott that they organize a Guinness World Record attempt for Largest High School Class Reunion, she didn’t bat an eye.

Pinellas County recently began what it is calling the “most important phase” of the Lake Seminole Restoration Project. A county contractor has started a dredge operation that will remove about 900,000 cubic yards of organic sediment from the lake. The goal is to bring it the lake to its healthiest state in decades.

SEMINOLE — As the Seminole High School Warhawks soccer program gears up for its 2019-2020 season, the program will host a fundraiser at Mickey Quinn’s Pub, 13071 Park Blvd. N., Friday, Nov. 22.

SEMINOLE – Seminole resident Leah Hoffman was presented the Florida Recreation & Park Association’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s annual conference in Orlando Aug. 28.

Hoffman was recognized for her long career in parks and recreation in Florida and for her continued dedication to the field after her retirement.

Five candidates are running for seats on Seminole City Council in the 2019 election. Incumbent Thomas Barnhorn as well as Jim Olliver and Kelly Wissing are vying for two at-large council seats. The top two vote-getters will win seats on council. Meanwhile, Darren Clark challenges incumbent Leslie Waters in the mayoral race.

SEMINOLE – The Greater Seminole Chamber of Commerce launches its new Primetime Business Expo Wednesday, Nov. 6, 4 to 7 p.m., at the conference center on St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus, 9200 113th St.

The event focuses on local businesses, providing them an opportunity to share who they are and what they offer with area residents, said Alexandria Brock Watson, the chamber’s communications coordinator.

SEMINOLE—In addition to considering City Council candidates this election season —Thom Barnhorn, Jim Olliver and Kelly Wissing are vying for two open council seats, while Darren Clark and Leslie Waters are running for mayor—Seminole voters will also decide the fate of four city charter amendments.

SEMINOLE—Throughout September, Seminole City Council members met with City Manager Ann Toney-Deal for one-on-one discussions regarding her job performance.

This was a new approach to the annual city manager evaluations, which in the past have been discussed as a group during a public workshop.

Council members were asked to rate the city manager’s performance in a variety of categories, including job knowledge, financial and fiscal management, decision making, and management and hiring of employees, on a scale of excellent or 5, the highest, to poor or 1, the lowest.

The Seminole City Council unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement between the city of Seminole and the Seminole Professional Firefighters Local 2896 for fiscal years 2020-2022 at its Oct. 8 meeting. During last year’s collective bargaining, Local 2896 declared an impasse May 30, 2018, bringing negotiations to a standstill.

Kimmy Chandler and her family have always been animal lovers. She's parlayed that love into her work, creating Fluff Animal Rescue, which is is celebrating the grand opening of Fluff’s Stuff Re-Tail for Rescue, a thrift and consignment store Saturday, Oct. 12.

A group of Pinellas County animal rescue organizations are working together to find homes for 14 dogs and cats rescued from the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that devastated the commonwealth early last month.

Compassion Kind, a St. Petersburg organization dedicated to global relief work that helps both humans and animals, is spearheading the project.

SEMINOLE — Since opening its doors in 2015, the Seminole Historical Society Museum, located in Seminole City Park at 7464 Ridge Rd., has been an ever-evolving space. Every few months, new artifacts, exhibits and displays highlighting the city’s history have been added to its ranks.

Last month, the Seminole Historical Society unveiled the museum’s newest additions – two interactive kiosks that allow visitors to utilize a touchscreen to learn about different aspects of the city.

Five candidates are vying for seats on Seminole City Council in the 2019 election. Three candidates — incumbent Thomas Barnhorn, along with Jim Olliver and Kelly Wissing — are running for two open council seats. Meanwhile, incumbent Leslie Waters is running against first-time contender Darren Clark for mayor.

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