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.
The Clearwater Threshers mascot PHINLEY has reached the Final Four in Minor League’s Best Baseball Mascot contest. In the next three days, cast as many votes as you can for PHINLEY at www.milb.com/mascotmania — Let’s bring the trophy to Clearwater! Vote for PHINLEY!
The Clearwater Police Department and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department provided a one-year recreational scholarship to 10 students on Friday. The students and their families will be able to use any city recreational facility for the next year. The honorees were selected because of their model behavior, good grades, and leadership potential. The ceremony was held at the Ross Norton Recreation Center where City Manager Bill Horne, Deputy Police Chief Sandra Wilson, and I participated in recognizing the scholarship recipients.
Today the students who will be leaving next week for the “People to People Ambassador Program” to Greece and Italy had an orientation picnic at Philippe Park. I was asked to speak to them about Greece and Italy and about being good representatives of the United States. ΚΑΛΟ ΤΑΞΙΔΗ — Have a good trip!
Congratulations to the USF Bulls women’s softball team. By beating Hofstra, the Bulls advance to the College World Series, which starts Thursday, in Oklahoma City. The team was recognized at Bright House Field this afternoon during the BIG EAST men’s baseball championship game.