In visiting with the various delegations staying in Clearwater, I hear from every one of them how happy they are to be in Clearwater for the 2012 Republican National Convention, not only because they are in Clearwater, but also because how friendly, polite, and helpful the city’s police, hotel staffs, and RNC volunteers have been. Thanks to all for doing your usual great job!
On Thursday, I was a guest at the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors meeting. President Mike Bell and President-elect Nick DiCeglie greeted me at the chamber’s entrance. I spoke about the city’s budget, pending pension reform issues, and the Republican National Convention.
The City of Clearwater is pleased to join with Tampa and communities throughout the area to welcome the delegates and visitors to the 2012 Republican National Convetion. Clearwater hotels will be hosting several delegations from across the nation. Whether you are staying in Clearwater or not, be sure to swim in the city’s sparkling Gulf waters, walk on the powdery white sand, go to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter, the start of the movie “Dolphin Tale”, and at Pier 60, take a picture with the “dolphin pod”.
Today a group of students from the Clearwater Summer Camp program came to City Hall to discuss with me character traits. These students were recognized for their outstanding behavior and understanding of the camp’s motto “Clearwater Camps Build Character.” The traits discussed included honesty, compassion, self-control, courage, cooperation, respect, responsibility, diligence, citizenship, and leadership.
The US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater was hoping to repeat last year’s victory over the Clearwater Young Professionals sponsored by the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, but the CYP team was victorious in yesterday’s charity softball game held in conjunction with the US Coast Guard’s birthday week celebrations. Clearwater is honored to be the only US Coast Gaurd City in Florida and cherishes its long-time relationship with the US Coast Guard. The city’s service dog in training “Coastie” was at the game to bark for his team, and I served as a batboy for one inning.
On Saturday, family and friends joined Evelyn Ninekirk to celebrate her 100th birthday. It was a special honor for me to extend the city’s best wishes on to this most dynamic and inspirational lady. Happy birthday, Mrs. Ninekirk!
The Straz Center in Tampa was the site of this afternoon’s pep rally for the thousands of Tampa Bay volunteers who will be welcoming and assisting the delegates, media, and visitors who will be in the Tampa Bay area for the 2012 Republican National Convention. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and I were there to present proclamations to the volunteers honoring them as the “Faces of Tampa Bay.”