Feb 26

Do Not Jaywalk!

                              Clearwater Police Begin Enforcement Aspect Of Pedestrian Safety Campaign

Clearwater–Since the first week of December, Clearwater Police have been educating pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike on how they can more safely use the same streets.

 They have handed out fliers with safety tips and given more than 1,300 warnings as part of the campaign made possible by a Florida Department of Transportation grant.

Beginning today, however, the effort goes from educational and warnings to enforcement.

From now through the end of May, teams of off-duty officers will focus on streets that typically have a high concentration of people breaking the law. They will be looking for pedestrians who don’t use crosswalks at intersections, for motorists who block crosswalks or don’t yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and for bicyclists who don’t obey traffic signals and other traffic laws.

“We’ve been diligently trying to change the mindsets of people on the road, whether they are behind the wheel or on foot or on a bicycle,” said Sgt. Michael Walek, head of the department’s traffic homicide unit. “It’s about making the streets of Clearwater safer for everyone.”

Some of the targeted locations include U.S. 19, Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, Missouri Avenue, Fort Harrison Avenue, Mandalay Avenue and the beach roundabout.

Three officers will work per detail, five hours at a time and three times a week. The details will be at varied times and days of the week.

The funding comes from a grant of more than $94,000 from the DOT. It’s the second grant from the state road agency to Clearwater Police; the first one produced 1,410 warnings and 680 citations for pedestrians alone last year.

Feb 22

Little Leagues Hold Opening Day Ceremonies

Clearwater’s two Little Leagues held their opening day ceremonies on Saturday.  In the morning, the Countryside Little League began its season as the Countryside Recreation Complex.  Its 9-10 year old team was recognized for winning the District 12 championship last year.  The Clearwater Little League’s ceremony was at Sid Lickton Field, where the teams enjoyed a first season of the newly renovated fields last year.  Clearwater Thresher mascot and Minor League Baseball’s “Mascot of the Year” Phinley was at both events to greet the players.

Feb 16

Pinellas Barrier Island Re-Entry Program Announced

The Clearwater Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are implementing a system of Emergency Access Permits to facilitate re-entry access to Sand Key, Clearwater Beach and Island Estates.

This procedure will allow police personnel to control who has access to the beach during the recovery period following a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or tropical storm. During the management of an emergency, it is important that re-entry procedure for each city and jurisdiction be as consistent as possible to avoid any confusion.

The Clearwater Police Department will handle the required registration and issuance of the free hangtag placard for business owners and residents of Clearwater Beach, Sand Key and Island Estates. All residents and businesses can register beginning Tuesday at the Clearwater Police Department headquarters building, located at 645 Pierce St., seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Clearwater Police personnel will also have registration opportunities at specific locations, and will coordinate with some of the larger condominiums, apartment buildings and businesses. Those registration opportunities will be announced in the future.

For more information, call 727-562-4141 or email reentryhangtag@myclearwater.com. You can also go to :http://www.pcsoweb.com/emergency-access-permit

Feb 15

Phillies Equipment Van Arrives in Clearwater

Realizing that the cold weather in Philadelphia was going to continue for a while longer, the Phillies team equipment van arrived in Clearwater’s Bright House Field this morning.  Pitchers and catchers report on Thursday, but it was necessary to get all the gear down first.  I helped unload  bats, gloves, belts, helmets, balls, sports drinks, personal family items, and the most important Phillies Phanatic “hot dog launcher.” Clearwater has been the Spring Training home of the Phillies since 1947, and this is the 12th season at Bright House Field.  To help Clearwater celebrate its centennial year, the Phillies will be wearing the commemorative Centennial Logo on the team jerseys throughout the Grapefruit League season.  First game is on March 3rd with the New York Yankees.

Feb 12

Kimberly Home Ribbon-cutting

Opened in 1983 as a pregnancy resource center, Kimberly Home now provides a wide range of services and transitional housing of pregnant women. Today, it officially opened its expanded child care center for infants and toddlers.  The Kimberly Home is a 501(c)(3) organization that also has a thrift store at 1601 Clearwater/Largo Road.  More information on its programs and how to help is available through the website www.kimberlyhome.org.

Feb 09

Nagano Delegation Visits Clearwater

The City of Clearwater has had a sister cities relationship with Nagano, Japan, for 55 years.  In honor of that anniversary and to help celebrate Clearwater’s centennial, a delegation from Nagano is visiting Clearwater this week.  Mayor Hisao Kato and Nagano City Council Chairman Masaharu Takano and their party came to City Hall Monday morning for a welcoming ceremony that was attended by local officials, including U.S. Representative David Jolly.  The delegation will be touring Clearwater until Wednesday and have scheduled a visit to the city’s new fire station, the Capitol Theatre, and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.  A dinner boat cruise sponsored by Clearwater Sister Cities, Inc. will be held on Monday evening, and a discussion regarding economic development and tourism is scheduled for breakfast on Tuesday at the delegation’s official hotel, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.

Feb 07

The Long Center Turns 25

The City of Clearwater celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Long Center with an open house today. Hundreds of visitors attend to see the center and learn of its many activities and classes.  The Long Center is also home to the city’s Aging Well Center and the Arc of Tampa Bay.  An Olympic size 50-meter swimming pool with diving boards is also open to the public.  The Long Center is host to many camps for children over the summer and school recess periods.  Located on North Belcher Road, the Long Center is also on the Ream Wilson Trail route.