Starting July 1st, the City of Clearwater will begin considering applicants for Citizens Academy 101. This program gives residents an opportunity to meet with elected officials and department directors over a 10 week period. Participants get a hands-on experience by visiting various city facilities from fire stations and waste water treatment plants to libraries and recreation centers. Please contact the city’s Public Communications Department at 727-562-4682 for an application and additional information.
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday unveiled its poster for the 33rd annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park October 18-21, 2012. This year’s poster was designed by Ramirez Cortino. Bonnie Raitt, Mindi Abair, Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society and the Avett Brothers are the artists who will be featured during the four day concert series.
The FFCCHA has held its annual conference in Clearwater since 2000. This statewide networking organization promotes, trains, and supports child care providers. The president-elect, president, and the association’s first president accept from me a proclamation designating June 23, 2012, as “FFCCHA Day” in Clearwater.
The RonJon Surf Shop on Clearwater has now been officially opened with the ribbon-cutting sponsored by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce.
East of US 19, just north of Drew Street, Moccasin Lake Park is a nature park of the City of Clearwater. It has trails, boardwalks, and viewing areas to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. On Saturday morning, I joined students and several volunteers from the Clearwater Civitan Club, the Sierra Club and the Audobon Society in removing potato vines and caesar plants from the park. Other volunteer opportunities are available, and be sure to take advantage of the many programs at the park during the summer.
On Friday, I was the guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Clearwater East. I spoke about the city’s budget, pension reform issues and homeless initiatives and then took questions from the members. After the meeting I visited with Shareef Doumet, Lucile Casey, and President Don Casey.