Under the leadership of Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council chairman Janet Long, over 20 municipal and county governments joined today in signing a “memorandum of understanding” to enhance local mitigation efforts to understand and address sea level rise and climate change in the region and in local communities.
The City of Clearwater dedicated its newest recreation center to service the southeastern sector of the community. Built with Penny for Pinellas funds, the center is located in the Morningside neighborhood. Thousands attended today’s festivities to mark the opening. The center features a gymnasium, workout room, meeting rooms, and of course the pool and splash pad area for youngsters.
In 2015, the Clearwater High School Tornadoes and the Countryside High School Cougars celebrated the City of Clearwater’s Centennial by playing for the Mayor’s Centennial Cup Trophy. Since then, the series has continued with the winner taking the trophy for the year. On Friday, the visiting Countryside Cougars won 23-20 in a game that was not decided until the final minutes. This was the first victory for the Cougars in the four years of the Centennial Cup, with one game having being cancelled because of weather.
The new Community Health Center and Pharmacy in conjunction with Metro Health and Wellness has opened its new facility at 2349 Sunset Point Road in Clearwater. The center provides treatment and wellness care for patients with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and STDs. There are medical services, social, and educational services available through this non-profit organization.
Eli Bright, a 3-year old boy from Kentucky, was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He has been placed on a clinical trial which has greatly increased his quality of life. Even though his life span is uncertain, he still thinks of being a fire fighter. Through the efforts of friends and family, Eli was brought to Clearwater to visit with Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. But, first, he was surprised with a visit to Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department Station 45. There, he was able to be the “fire chief” for a day before being taken by a fire truck to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 during his attack inside the Pulse Night Club in Orlando. In memory of those who lost their lives by the actions of this killer, I donated blood today, just as I did last year on the first anniversary of these slayings. I recall that thousands responded immediately after the attack in 2016, but not as many have continued to donate. As a regular blood donor, I know that blood product is needed every day of the year, so please consider donating, if you are physically able, at least once a year. It is a gift of life that each of us can share.
The Clearwater/Upper Pinellas Branch of the NAACP held its 44th annual Freedom Fund Banquet on June 1st at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Former Tarpon Springs mayor David Archie served as the master of ceremonies. Marva McWhite is the president of the local chapter. The keynote address was provided by Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. It was also a special honor to have Clearwater’s own Leon Russell, national chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors, at the banquet to introduce President Johnson. Freedom Fund banquets are held by local NAACP chapters to support youth-oriented education programs and activities.