Today, a traveling exhibit about the Holocaust was opened at Westfield Countryside Mall. I was honored to participate in the official ribbon-cutting with State Representative Rich Glorioso and others, including St. Petersburg Councilman Karl Nurse and Largo Commissioner Michael Smith. The exhibit, from the Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, will be open to the public through September 27th.
In case you missed it, here is the link to my being interviewed by NPR during the RNC regarding the upcoming November elections –http://www.npr.org/2012/08/28/160155236/swing-county-plays-role-in-fla-elections
After the 2012 Republican National Convention ended, Washington State GOP chairman Kirby Wilbur invited me to join all the Washington delegates in signing the state’s standard. Earlier in the week, I had welcomed the delegates, who were staying at the Holiday Inn and Suites on Clearwater Beach, during a breakfast that featured Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Washington Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
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.