The Courtney Campbell Trail spanning Old Tampa Bay is now complete and open for joggers, cyclists, skaters, and pedestrians to use. The nearly ten mile trail was designed and constructed by the Florida Department of Transportation, and the City of Clearwater will be responsible for operating and maintaining the new four mile segment that was dedicated today. The Courtney Campbell Causeway has been a link between Tampa and Clearwater for decades. As the City of Clearwater celebrates its centennial in 2015, the Courtney Campbell Trail signifies not only the connectivity of our two communities, but also the importance our cities and state place on trails for exercise and relaxation.
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday unveiled the poster which will promote the 36th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. The music festival will be held October 15-18, 2015, at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. The poster was designed by Junior Polo, and copies will be available for purchase from the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. This year’s entertainers include Gladys Knight, Mindi Abair, Buddy Guy, Sheryl Crow, and the Avett Brothers. On Saturday, the concert featuring Sheryl Crow will help celebrate the City of Clearwater’s centennial. Additional information and tickets are available through the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.
McDonald’s Corporation has selected the franchise at 1500 South Belcher Road in Clearwater to be one of a few restaurants in the country to preview its “Create Your Taste” concept. Customers will be able to create their own hamburgers from a variety of rolls, garnish, and condiments. The hamburger will be cooked to order and brought to the table. Ronald McDonald was at the restaurant this morning for the ribbon-cutting which was also attended by all members of the Clearwater City Council.
On May 27, 1915, the Town of Clearwater was incorporated as the City of Clearwater. Last week, the city celebrated its centennial with a baseball game at Bright House Field between the Clearwater Threshers and the Ft. Myers Miracle. Fireworks followed. On Friday, the block party “Blast Friday” in the downtown Cleveland District was held, and that was followed by the Centennial Parade with US Representative David Jolly and DOLPHIN TALE movies co-star Cozi Zuehlsdorff on Saturday. Caroline Kole performed in a special concert in honor of her hometown’s centennial in Coachman Park at the end of the parade. Another spectacular fireworks display concluded the week’s activities. Other events will continue throughout the year as the city plans on celebrating its centennial throughout 2015.
In anticipation of the May 27th Centennial Anniversary of the City of Clearwater, the city and the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance (TBVA) broke ground on Tuesday for a veterans memorial to be located at Crest Lake Park. Long a dream of the alliance and one of its founding members, Bill Hutton, the memorial will be a tribute to the men and women who have served in all branches of the US Armed Forces. The first phase is planned to be completed for next year’s Memorial Day holiday, and through the TBVA Foundation, funds are being raised to complete the memorial and to provide assistance to surviving spouses and their children. Additional information on purchasing a “veteran’s wall tile” or on contributing to the foundation can be found at www.tampabayveteransalliance.org.
Clearwater’s BrightHouse Field hosted the American Athletic Conference’s Baseball Tournament this week. Today’s championship game featured the Houston Cougars and the East Carolina Pirates. The second seeded Pirates captured the crown by a 9-1 score. Eight AAC teams have been staying in Clearwter this week for the double elimination tournament and championship game. Clearwater has been hosted for both AAC Baseball Championships, and today’s victory was East Carolina’s first title. East Carolina’s Hunter Allen was named the tournaments Most Valuable Player. The Pirates earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament, but will wait for the NCAA to announce the regional pairings on Monday.
To commemorate Public Works Week, the City of Clearwater’s Public Utilities Department hosted an open house and “Top Ops” competition for other teams from Pinellas County Communities. There were several skill contests, as well as a backhoe egg drop and hot dog eating events. Congratulations to all the participants and especially to Team Clearwater which took home the overall trophy.