Jul 01

Clearwater Celebrates America

John and Mary Kay Wilson with the Mostly Pops Orchestra will be featured at Coachman Park on July 4th as Clearwater celebrates Independence Day with this annual concert.  Fireworks will follow.  The gates open at 4pm, and a variety of activities and food vendors will be available until the concert and fireworks show begin at 7:30pm.

Jun 30

HB 1015 Signed by Governor Scott

Thanks to the leadership of Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Ed Hooper the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the Dolphin, will become eligible to apply for funding through Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater, the county’s tourist development council.  The legislation allows aquariums to compete for “bed tax” funds administered by counties.  Governor Scott visited Winter yesterday, and following the tour and a business roundtable discussion, signed HR 1015.  Standing behind Governor Scott are Representatives Larry Ahern, Ed Hooper, Jim Frishe, and Senator Jack Latvala.  Others joining me in attendance were County Commissioner Neil Brickfield, South Pasadena Mayor Kathleen Peters, Belleair Bluffs Commissioner Suzy Sofer, and my colleague Bill Jonson of the Clearwater City Council.

Jun 27

Citizens Academy 101

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.

Jun 26

Clearwater Jazz Holiday Poster

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.

Jun 22

Florida Family Child Care Home Association Conference

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.

Jun 19

Hooters on Clearwater Beach

The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon-cutting today for the new Hooters located on Mandalay Avenue just north of the roundabout.  My City Council colleagues joined the staff, Hooters founder Ed Droste, and me to cut the ribbon on the restaurant’s “Lookout” deck.