The City of Clearwater sponsors a “Citizens Academy” for residents and for those who have businesses in Clearwater. The10-week program, which meets on Tuesday evenings, provide class members an opportunity to meet with city officials and department heads to learn what it takes to run a city and provide services to the community. Classes will begin in September, and the application must be submitted by early August. The following is the link to more information on the program and to the application — http://www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/public_comm/city_acad/index.asp
Despite a brief shower and intermittent thunder and lightning, the City of Clearwater’s Independence Day program, “Clearwater Celebrates America,” was held yesterday at Coachman Park. There were food vendors and activities for young and old alike prior to the evening festivities that were shortened because of the weather. The Mostly Pops Orchestra conducted by Robert Romanski was featured along with John and Mary Kay Wilson and their son Paul. After the concert, the Tampa Bay area’s largest fireworks display was launched from the west side of the Memorial Causeway Bridge. Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and support staff for another successful Fourth of July event. Happy 238th Birthday, America!
The City of Clearwater’s annual Fourth of July “Clearwater Celebrates America” concert featuring the Mostly Pops Orchestra will include John and Mary Kay Wilson performing at Coachman Park. Following the patriotic concert, the city’s fireworks display sponsored by Clearwater Gas will light up the skies off the Memorial Causeway Bridge. There will be food vendors and activities for all during the afternoon before the concert begins at 7:30pm. Come celebrate America’s Independence with the best music and fireworks in the Tampa Bay area!
This morning I joined members of the Island Estates Civic Association to pick up litter along both sides of the Memorial Causeway. This association does the clean-up quarterly and is part of the many volunteer groups who adopt a roadway or park to help keep Clearwater sparkling. Mary Lau is president of the association which holds regular meetings and socials for members “to promote the safety, welfare, spirit and the unique lifestyle of the Island Estates community.”
The Yacht SENSATION is now calling the Clearwater Beach Marina home and is available for private charter by calling 813-223-7999. Troy Manthey and his staff welcomed city and business leaders today for a ribbon-cutting and luncheon on the yacht which can accommodate up to 128 passengers.
The green bench was part of St. Petersburg’s downtown, and the St. Petersburg Chamber has used that as the format for its “Green Bench Conversation” series on various issues of community interest. Tonight, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined St. Petersburg’s Rick Kriseman, Indian Rocks Beach’s R.B. Johnson, and me to discuss the importance of transportation for the growth and success of the entire Tampa Bay region. Because the area’s attention is on the “Greenlight Pinellas” referendum that will be on the November ballot, each of the mayors stressed that the Tampa Bay area lacks in public transportation that adequately services its residents and its tourists. Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, was the event’s moderator.
This morning the Safety Rock Foundation provided the City of Clearwater with a $1500 grant to provide swimming lessons to children at the Ross North Recreation Center. The staff and I were present for the ceremony that featured Rocky the Safety Dolphin and foundation president Rocky Trahan. The foundation promotes pool safety and programs to reduce child drownings and near drownings. Additional information on the Safety Rock Foundation is available through its website – http://www.safetyrockfoundation.org.