The Miccosukee Boy Scout Council awarded me its first “Good Scout Award” this week. A breakfast was held at the Sheraton Sand Key on October 13th, and it was a special honor for me to have been recognized by the local Boy Scout district. US Representative David Jolly and State Senator Jack Latvala participated in the program. A special guest was Eagle Scout Trevor Case of Troop 26. Thank you to the scouts, but also to all those who support scouting programs.
The 2016-2017 season of the Pierce Street Market opened this morning. The market will continue through May on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Located at the foot of Cleveland Street and Pierce Street along the downtown Clearwater waterfront, the Pierce Street Market begins at 10:00am. Vendors have a variety of foods, plants, arts and crafts, and clothes. There are also food trucks to enjoy. Additional information is available at the link www.piercestreetmarket.com.
On Saturday September 17th, the main branch of the Clearwater Library system held an open house to celebrate its 100th anniversary. In 1911, the Clearwater Library Association opened a subscription library, and then in 1916 a Carnegie Foundation grant for $10,000 assisted in the building of a permanent public library. That first library opened on September 14, 1916 and served approximately 1250 visitors in its first year. Today more than 700,000 use the services of the Clearwater Public Library system’s five libraries.
The Clearwater/North Pinellas Salvation Army hosted the 11th annual Dr. William Hale Community Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, September 15th. Retired US Salvation Army Commander Israel Gaither was the guest speaker. City Manager Bill Horne and I were honored to have been asked to offer prayers for government leaders, the community, and caregivers. Marti Kimball accepted the Dr. William Hale Community Spirit Award for her husband Russ Kimball who has been the general manager of the Sheraton Sand Key Hotel for 40 years and is recognized worldwide as a tourism industry leader. George Mariani, board chairman, and Captain Michael Harris presented the award to Mrs. Kimball and her son-in-law Mike Marsalek.
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As Florida’s only US Coast Guard City, the City of Clearwater and the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce honored the US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater with a “Birthday Bash” to celebrate the 226th anniversary of the US Coast Guard. Special guests at the event were US Representative David Jolly and representatives of the staff of US Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio. County Commissioner Dave Eggers and members of the Clearwtaer City Council joined Chamber Chairman of the Board Alex Chamberlain in thanking the crew of Air Station Clearwater for its service. Commanding Officer of the air station, the largest in the US Coast Guard, is Captain Ward Sandlin. This year is also the centennial year of US Coast Guard aviation.
Under a program underwritten by the Long Center Foundation with the assistance of the City of Clearwater and Clearwater for Youth, an 8-lesson swimming course will be offered for $10 per person. The program was announced today at a press conference attended by Fred Fisher, of the Long Center Foundation, Brian Aungst, Sr., chairman of the Clearwater for Youth Board of Directors, Randy Reese of the Clearwater Aquatic Team, three-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Brooke Bennett who will guide the program lessons, and me. The lessons are open to anyone, and all City of Clearwater recreation fees are being waived for this special program.