Clearwater grapples with new City Hall, Crest Lake Park
Clearwater's elected officials will be grappling with two big issues at their meetings next week -- where to put the next City Hall, and what to do with Crest Lake Park.
A City Council work session begins at 1 p.m. Monday in preparation for a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. Both will be held at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Both meetings are televised and are broadcast live on the web at myclearwater.com. On TV, the meetings are on Bright House channel 615, Knology channel 15 and Verizon channel 30.
Fair warning: There's a long agenda, and the meaty stuff comes at the end.
CITY HALL: In about seven months, Clearwater voters will decide whether to allow a large new Clearwater Marine Aquarium to be built on the city-owned site where City Hall stands now on Osceola Avenue overlooking Clearwater Harbor. If voters say yes, the question becomes: What happens to City Hall? Council members appear to be leaning toward building a new one on a mostly vacant city-owned block on Myrtle Avenue, just east of the Clearwater Police Department and just south of the city’s Municipal Services Building. That would give the city a compact campus of public buildings downtown.
CREST LAKE PARK: Clearwater leaders are talking about making Crest Lake Park more like Largo Central Park — a signature park for their city. Theyr'e also grappling with the question of whether to reopen the park's public restrooms or bulldoze them.