The Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department has received the highest possible rating from the Insurance Service Office, a rating that could positively affect insurance rates for Clearwater residents and business owners. The rating will take effect on October 1, 2015.
Fire departments are rated every four years, and this is the first “1 rating” for Clearwater Fire & Rescue. The agency most recently had received a 2. Only 28 Florida Fire Departments received the “1 rating.” The ISO looks at every aspect of the fire department – including number of vehicles, types of equipment, response time, number of hydrants and other factors. Division Chief and Fire Marshal Steve Strong said that the higher rating “could provide a reduction in insurance premiums to homeowners and business owners,” Congratulations and thanks to the men and women of Clearwater’s Fire Department!
The City of Clearwater, in association with Rolling Thunder Chapter 11, unveiled a POW/MIA Chair of Honor on Thursday at the City of Clearwater City Hall Chambers. Rolling Thunder president Jimmy Linesberry joined former World War II POW Ed DeMent, who is the national senior vice commander of American ex-Prisoners of War, Pam Cain, whose father Colonel Oscar Mauterer was lost over Laos, Mrs. Patricia Luna, whose husband Carter is also still missing in action, and me for the dedication during the Clearwater City Council meeting. The chair will remian perpetually empty as a reminder of the more than 83,000 Americans who are still “missing-in-action” since World War II.
In honor of the 239th signing of the Declaration of Independence, the City of Clearwater held its annual “Clearwater Celebrates America” Independence Day program at Coachman Park on July 4th. There were activities for children, a mascot dance-off contest, a concert that featured John and Mary Kay Wilson with the Mostly Pops Orchestra, and then fireworks sponsored by Clearwater Gas.
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.