The congregation of Temple B’nai Israel gathered this afternoon for a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new temple on its grounds located at 1685 South Belcher Road. County commission chairman Karen Seel, Safety Harbor mayor Andy Steingold, and I were honored to have been invited to participate.
Sea Dog Brewing Company has opened its own brewery at its location on US 19 and Enterprise Road. A ribbon-cutting and celebration was held yesterday, and Chamber of Commerce officials and my city council colleague Hoyt Hamilton joined me for the event. Sea Dog Brewing Company and its Shipyard Brewing Company were started in Maine, but Clearwater has become its year-round “winter home.”
Largo Medical Center will be opening a new emergency room facility in Clearwater this fall. Located at 2339 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, the facility will be staffed by 41 full-time employees and additional emergency medicine physicians. This new $8-million project will have 11 exam rooms in a 10,600 square foot building. Earlier today I joined HCA officials, Largo Medical Center personnel, and Clearwater High School staff and students for the groundbreaking.
This past Sunday the Clearwater Friends of the Library saluted the hundreds of volunteers of the Clearwater Library System at a reception held after its annual meeting. I joined in thanking the friends, the volunteers, and the Library Foundation for their assistance not only to the library staff, but also to the community served. Clearwater’s libraries are recognized for their service and programs, and of special interest were the comments of Library Director Barbara Pickell who noted that Clearwater’s first library was built in 1916 on the very property the Main Library is located. Judy Melges, Foundation President, and Rosalie Murray, Friends president, visit with me prior to the program.
The Suncoast Tennis Foundation and the City of Clearwater sponsored the 6th annual Tennis Play Day at the McMullen Tennis Center in Clearwater on Saturday. It was fun being able to hit the ball with some youngsters just getting used to the feel of holding a racquet and then getting some instruction on serving from East Lake Woodland tennis pro Jake Bryan.
Clearwater DAV Chapter 11 hosted its 2nd annual job fair for veterans at the Long Center today. Thanks to all of the members who supported this event and to the vendors who participated. I stopped by to show the city’s support and to express the city’s gratitude to the DAV and especially the Raulerson family for their efforts in coordinating the job fair.
Lucas Oil sponsored its 6th Annual Tournament at the Clearwater Horseshoe Club this weekend. Participants from across the United States came to one of the finest facilities in the country that is now entering its 40th anniversary at the club located at Ed Wright Park. The club is also home to the Florida Horseshoe Hall of Fame.